Reviews

Diva Moments

Christina Bianco. Alex Theatre St Kilda, March 8 & 9, and Hayes Theatre Sydney, March 12, 2017.

People go to the theatre for a variety of reasons – but the majority go to be entertained.

Anyone who is NOT entertained by the extraordinary talents of Christina Bianco is, to put it succinctly, already dead.

Livvy and Pete

La Cascadeur. Adelaide Fringe. 6-19 March 2017

Well I have to say, any show that has my very quiet ‘plus one’ clapping and singing along must be an amazing one. Livvy and Pete is a joyful ride - some of which is even on roller skates! Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan demonstrated yet again why they are so loved by Adelaide audiences. Their chemistry and team-work, coupled with buckets of talent, make for a fun night out at the Fringe.

G’day Habibi

Danielle Faour. The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. 7 to 12 March 2017.

A lively, fun-filled show full of heart.

Danielle Faour shares anecdotes about growing up Lebanese-Australia with pride and humour. She touches on a range of issues from arranged marriages to unwanted body hair, speaking frankly about her own experiences.

Audience participation is strongly encouraged, with plenty of opportunities to practise your “Leb-clap” and sing along to daggy pop songs. We even got to play “Lebo Family Feud” with the coveted prize of wax strips.

Little Gem

By Elaine Murphy. The Mount Players. Directed by Richard Keown. Mountview Theatre – Macedon. 24 February - 11 March, 2017

Elaine Murphy’s writing is full of humanity.  This play is about the lives of three working class Dublin women.  They are all ‘doing it hard’ in their own particular way and according to the social mores of their own particular eras.

The Encounter

Complicite/Simon McBurney. Adelaide Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 7-11th March, 2017

The Encounter tells the story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre and his experience spending time with the Mayoruna people deep within the Brazilian Amazon.

Based on Petru Popescu’s book, Amazon Beaming, co-founder of the company Complicite Simon McBurney endeavours to ask the hard questions:

How much of what we experience permeates our grey matter?

Do we filter facts by how they affect us personally?

How important is time, or rather does time exist at all?

Outside Mullingar

By John Patrick Shanley. Mordialloc Theatre Company inc. February 17 to March 3, 2017

There are some rare moments when you witness a community theatre performance and wonder why people spend upwards of $100 to go to see professional shows.  Mordialloc Theatre Company’s Outside Mullingar was clearly one of those moments.

From the first time that the actors stepped on stage to the very last moment, the audience is whisked away into this ‘slice of life’ production, so real that you felt you were spying on two abutted family circumstances.

Snakes and Ladders

By Tony Moore. Directed by Christine Ellis. KADS Theatre, Town Square, Kalamunda, WA. Feb 10 – Mar 4, 2017

Snakes and Ladders is an Australian play by Tony Moore. A show for three actresses, it is a story about family relationships, academia and a game of Snakes and Ladders.

KADS’ production is set in a cosy living room created by Geoff Rumsey. Nicely finished, the set is solidly built with ring of truth detail. The stage was warmly lit by Stephen Marr (although there was perhaps a little too much spill into the first two rows) with effective sound design by Lindsay Goodwin.

 

 

The King and I

By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rockdale Musical Society. Rockdale Town Hall. March 3 – 12, 2017.

The classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical The King and I was beautifully performed by Rockdale Musical Society in every possible element. Every minor detail of the performance was spectacular, and a real credit to the company, its cast and crew. The story, based on Margaret Landon’s novel“Anna and The King of Siam”, is set in Siam in the early 1860’s where the King, wanting to bring Siam into the modern world, employs widowed Mrs Anna Leonowens to help teach his children English.

Gentlemen Incorporated

By Deborah Mulhall. Darlington Theatre Players. Directed by Hayley Derwort. Marloo Theatre, Greenmount, WA. Feb 24 - March 11, 2017

Gentlemen Incorporated is a slightly risqué Australian play by Deborah Mulhall, being presented by Darlington Theatre Players.

When Marcus returns from overseas travels, he decides to crash at his friend George’s place. George is running a male escort business from home, and when Marcus decides to help out with the business a complex web of coincidences engulf both men, Marcus’ mother, his girlfriend and her boss.

The Baby Farmer

The Laudanum Project. Adelaide Fringe. The Bakehouse Theatre. 6 – 11 March, 2017

The Baby Farmer comes in three formats; a book, illustrations and a play. After looking at the grim sketches by artist Chloe Neath, I had a fair idea that I was going to witness something out of my comfort zone. Sitting in the front row I was met with baby dolls impaled on spikes lining the front of the stage; some missing limbs, heads and other dolls gutted.

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