Reviews

Carmilla

By Adam Yee, after the novella by Sheridan Le Fanu. A Kle Zeyn Theatre Production. La Mama Courthouse, Carlton VIC. 2 – 13 May 2018

Were this play not so precisely staged, if its music were not so integrated and evocative, and the two lead women – Georgia Brooks and Teresa Duddy – not so well cast and so disciplined, then Carmilla could fail.  It could even risk seeming rather silly.  But staging, music, casting and performance are so well judged and well felt here that this adaptation of a 19th century Gothic novella works very well indeed. 

Stomp '18

Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne. 1-6 May, 2018 and touring.

This is a sensational and unforgettable theatrical experience. Audiences will be astonished by the physical accomplishments of these talented performers and the striking visual effects they create. The forceful rhythms convey a tribal quality that enhances the urban jungle appearance of both the set and the costumes.

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

By Patrick White. Brink Productions. Directed by Chris Drummond. The Playhouse, Canberra. 2–6 May 2018

Brink Productions’ The Aspirations of Daise Morrow at first looks like a play, but soon sounds like a narrative, with the characters themselves narrating every gesture and act.  This is unsurprising given that the performance transcribed verbatim Patrick White's short story, “Down at the Dump”.  Yet as a story it has something of a surreal, dream-like quality, making up for what it lacks in story arc by an active emotional impressionism, the entire narrative sounding like an extende

The Anniversary

By Bill MacIlwraith. Darlington Theatre Players. Directed by Rob Warner. Marloo Theatre, Greenmount. 27 Apr - 19 May, 2018

Bill MacIlwraith’s The Anniversary is a very black comedy about family relationships.

Despite the fact her husband has been dead for a decade, ‘Mum’ delights in an annual Anniversary celebration, an opportunity to torment her adult children. Her three sons all have secrets - one is recently engaged and his fiancé is pregnant, another is loathe to reveal that he is planning to emigrate and the oldest has some rather peculiar hobbies.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Benedict Andrews. National Theatre Live. Film screening in cinemas across Australia from 5 May, 2018.

The unquestionable power of this iconic Tennessee Williams play is brought well and truly to life in this production. Andrews has made a variety of bold choices in relation to set and casting and they pay off well. Sienna Miller creates a husky Maggie and her smouldering sexuality is equally echoed in Jack O’Connell’s Brick. The performances, much like the original film and stage versions, capitalise on performances that are as much physical as they are intellectual.

Geli, Hitler’s Niece

By Enzo Condello. Globe Players. Richmond Theatrette, Church Street, Richmond VIC. 26 April – 5 May 2018

A dramatisation of the liaison between Adolf Hitler and his half-niece ‘Geli’, this play is reminiscent – in reduced form - of Shakespeare’s Othello – that is, a vain, self-dramatising and vulnerable man is manipulated so that his ‘love’ turns to murderous hatred.  Here, however, it’s 1931 and the man is Hitler (Matthew Richard Walsh) and the manipulators are Goebbels (Ben Byrne) and Himmler (Jonathan Harris), worried that their Führer is ‘distracted’ from his duties to the party by his

Common Ground

Choreographer: Anouk van Dijk. Chunky Move. Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank. April 26 – May 5, 2018

A powerful and immersive tour- de –force!

Two performers walk into the brightly-lit studio, circumnavigate the edge of the white floor establishing their own pace; both look determined and headstrong.

Common Ground is the new highly innovative work by the acclaimed choreographer and director Anouk van Dijk, who has created the concept for and with two brilliant performers, Richard Cilli and Tara Jade Samaya, at the Chunky Move Studios.

Replica

Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Stephanie Lake Company in association with Culturelink (Singapore). Choreographer: Stephanie Lake. Northcote Town Hall. April 25 – May 5, 2018

A powerful exploration into relationships using creative devices other than storyline. An encapsulating performance that will delight dance lovers.

The formidable team behind the show is led by choreographer Stephanie Lake, in collaboration with dancers Christina Chan (Singapore) and Aymeric Bichon (France), with sound by Robin Fox, lighting by Bosco Shaw and costumes by Paula Lewis. The intimacy and respect shared among them was evident in the performance as well as in the Q&A session with Lake, Fox, Chan and Bichon that followed the performance I saw.

Deceptive Threads

Performed and Devised by David Joseph. Directed and Devised by Karen Berger. La Mama Theatre. April 25 to May 13, 2018

The play begins with a wise old man in a halo of candle-light beckoning us into a world of tales and truths from the ancients through to the moderns.

Deceptive Threads is a magical and mysterious diasporic tale of survival stemming back to the late nineteenth century when a one brave gentleman left Lebanon to find a better life in Australia, performed by David Joseph and conceived along with director Karen Berger.

‘Allo ‘Allo

By Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. Stirling Players. Directed by Andrew Watson. Stirling Theatre, Innaloo, WA. Apr 27 - May 12, 2018

Fans of the TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo will be very pleased with this very faithful recreation of the television series, by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, which contains all of the famous catch-phrases, and some of the series’ most iconic moments.

Peter Neaves appears to be in his element as central character, cafe owner Rene. He works nicely with Kate Elder who plays his wife Edith, in a nicely broad performance. Rene is also carrying on with both of his waitresses, well played by Lara Brunini (Yvette) and Georgina Kling (Mimi).

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