Reviews

Turner's Turn

Performed by Geraldine Turner. Hayes Theatre Co. Sunday 22 February, 1 March, 8 March 2015.

Geraldine doesn't need a gimmick

Back on the cabaret stage after ten years away, the fabulous Geraldine Turner opens her show to a packed house with Gypsy and other great songs from sixties musicals.

Flesh-Eating Tiger

By Amy Tofte. Directed by Jason Cavanagh. The Owl and The Cat (Vic). Feb 23rd – Mar 7, 2015

For six years Jason Cavanagh has given us one of Melbourne’s most special arts theatres – specialising in offbeat offerings from classic writers (Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio last year was one of my all time favourite productions) as well as new and contentious works from lesser known playwrights. The bad news is that Jason decided to sell and move on – the good news is that the tiny theatre will continue – albeit seemingly in a more Fringe-Arts driven fashion.

The Broken Slipper

By Yvette Wall. Hackett Hall, Floreat. 19-22 February 2015

The winner of last year's ITA DramaFest returned for this year's Fringe World - this time as a co-production between Out of the Bag Productions and the original company Playlovers.

This fairy tale spoof, written by Yvette Wall and directed by Alide Chaney, takes place at the fairy tale tribunal where Cinderella is accused of breaking fairy-tale rules, as she has smashed Prince Charming's face with her glass slipper, before shacking up with Hansel and Gretel's father.

A Piece of Cake

By Yvette Wall. Hackett Hall, Floreat, WA. 19-22 February 2015

This rather unusual short play is based around Marie Antionette of France, the day before her husband Louis XVI's execution.

It is set in a gaol cell, very nicely designed by director Alida Chaney, as we meet Marie, her fellow prisoners, and later her husband.

The play is nicely acted by Kerry Goode as witch Agnes, Andrea Fernandez as peasant prisoner Dora, Sean Bullock as Louis XVI and Helen Kerr in the pivotal role of Marie Antionette.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Written by Nassim Soleimanpour. Presented by Aurora Nova & Bamboozled Productions. The Rastelli - Royal Croquet Club, Victoria Square Adelaide. February 24-March 15, 2015

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is an almost unreviewable show, constructed in such a way that each performance is unique. The evening’s entertainment begins with an actor (a different one each night), who is completely unfamiliar with the material, walking onstage and being given a copy of the script, which they must then deliver as a cold-read to the audience.

Bettylou Rose: Good Clean Fun

Deville's Pad Northbridge, WA. 28 Jan - 22 Feb 2015

Bettylou Rose: Good Clean Fun is a fun cabaret featuring Cicely Binford, telling the story of Texan songbird, Bettylou Rose, finding her way on her own after a series of failed relationships.

The title comes from Bettylou's teenage experience working in her Uncle's laundromat.

A capable performer, Cicely held the intimate audience throughout the hour long performance, with some intriguing anecdotes and a solid vocal performance - her country songs being particularly well performed and having most impact.

Everybody Loves Lucy

By Elise McCann & Richard Carroll. Director: Helen Dallimore. Musical Director: Nigel Ubrihien. Luckiest Productions @ Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. 24-27 February 2015 and touring.

In the 1950s I Love Lucy was everybody’s favourite sitcom and Lucy (Lucille Ball) everybody’s favourite star. Its genesis was the 1948 CBS radio program My Favourite Husband which also starred Ball. Telecast for 10 years from 1951 until 1961, I Love Lucy continually out-rated every other show on American television and made Ball an icon of the medium.

Breathless

By Joshua Walker. Directed by Joshua Walker. The Stables, Fringe Urban Orchard, Northbridge, WA. 13-19 February, 2015

Breathless featured at last year's Independent Theatre Association's DramaFest as a striking and unusual entry. Previously titled Sleepless - this reincarnation follows a similar story arc and features some of the original cast.

Based on the woodland scenes in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, writer/director Joshua Walker's work evokes a dreamlike mood as it transports the audience to the world of the fairies.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner. Adapted from the Charles M Schulz comic strip Peanuts. Directed by Jonathon White. Amateur Repertory Company – ARC (Vic). Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg. 22 & 28 February, 2015.

On the hottest day we’ve had this year, and in the midst of a truly formidable thunder storm, the cast and crew of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown adhered to the old adage “The Show must go on” and gave a delightful performance to those of us who braved the elements.

Moving On Inc.

By Mikala Westall. Directed by Mikala Westall. The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, WA. Feb 17-21, 2015

Moving On Inc. was a lovely surprise package in the Fringe World Festival - a beautifully realised one act play, outstandingly performed and wonderfully charming.

A play about memory and love, set in the Australian bush, this three-hander tells the story of Abby, whose job it is to clean up the estates of the deceased, her boyfriend Sam, who has secrets and the mysterious Ruth, who may just be a memory.

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