Reviews

The Little Mermaid

Directed by Ian Sinclair. The Blue Room, Northbridge, WA. Aug 20-Sep 7, 2013.

This production of The Little Mermaid is at least seminally linked to the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name, and the Disney incarnation, but it has developed into a story that is quite different. Reminiscent of other fairy tales, most noticeably Snow White, this short play appears to draw on influences as diverse as manga and ballet.

GREASE

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey. Additional songs: Barry Gibb, John Farrar, Louis St. Louis, Scott Simon. John Frost / David Ian Production. Director: David Gilmore. Musical Director: Stephen Amos. Choreography: Arlene Phillips. Opening Night - Lyric Theatre, Brisbane, 25 August 2013. Then Lyric Theatre at the Star, Sydney from 13 October and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from 2 January 2014.
This was the best production of Grease I have ever seen - fast, funny, and massively entertaining.  

David Gilmore’s direction, based on his long-running West End revival satisfied on every level. From Terry Parsons’ ablaze with neon set, Arlene Phillips era inspired dance routines, to Stephen Amos’ kick-ass band, 1950s Rydell High was brought brilliantly, if garishly, to life.

Double Think

Force Majeure. The Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney. August 21 – 24, 2013.

Force Majeure's new offering Double Think is a duet which sits on opposite ends of the creative spectrum.

The first piece Gogglebox is a testament to our relationship with the humble television. It is a humorous and quirky exploration between the viewer and the viewed. It gives the audience the opportunity to examine what television really means to us. Is it a friend, foe, entertainer, informer or companion - or is it all of these combined.

Private Lives

By Noël Coward. Therry Dramatic Society. Director: Barry Hill. Arts Theatre, Adelaide. 22nd - 31st August, 2013

There was no great passionate love scene in Therry Dramatic Society’s production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, no leaving us with evidence of divorced couple of five years, Elyot and Amanda’s, great desire for each other.

God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza. Directed by Lynne Devenish. Garrick Theatre, Guildford WA. Aug 23 - Sep 14. 2013

God of Carnage opens abruptly as would be expected in what was designed to be a one act play. We meet Veronique and Michel Vallon and Annette and Alain Reille who are meeting (ostensibly in a calm and civilised way) to discuss an altercation between their sons.

The Mistakes Madeline Made

By Elizabeth Meriwether. The Honeytrap Production Company. The Abbotsford Convent Industrial Space. August 23 – September 8, 2013.

Honeytrap presents a tale of four people who are trying to deal with pain and loneliness. Buddy (James Deeth) has been traumatised by a brutal overseas experience; Edna (Celeste Markwell) is trying to deal with his death and hates everyone including herself; Beth (Loren De Jong) has made some serious life mistakes and has thrown herself into work; and Wilson (Liam O Kane) manages his social ineptitude by focussing on the sounds in his world and reproducing them. The supporting character, Jake/Blake/Drake (Josh Futcher) bears the brunt of Edna acting out her pain.

RU4ME

By Annie Byron. True West Theatre & Riverside. Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. August 22 – 31, 2013, and touring.

RU4ME is a quirky comedy about a middle-aged woman’s foray into internet dating. Inspired originally by her own and a friend’s experiences, and adapted from Andee Jones’ book Kissing Frogs, Annie Byron adds skillful playwrighting to her already established theatrical career. As well as Andee Jones, Byron pays credit to Wayne Harrison for his encouragement, support and dramaturgical advice during the writing and editing of the play.

Savages

By Patricia Cornelius. 45 Downstairs (Vic). 16 August – 8 September, 2013.

Savages is a rich, rewarding powerful theatrical investigation of the type of masculine reality, relationships and circumstances that support, what is ultimately, predatory anti-social behavior. 

It is based on the Dianne Brimble case and explores events leading up to the discovery of her body in the small cabin on a P&O Cruse Ship that was occupied by the men who drugged and assaulted her.

Jerusalem

By Jez Butterworth. New Theatre, Newtown (NSW). August 13 – September 14, 2013.

Nicholas Eadie, as Rooster Byron, leads a very large and energetic cast in Helen Tonkin’s deft production of this play she describes as ‘a wildly original hymn to eccentricity … a lament about the erosion of country life, in part a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world’.’

Tequila Mockingbird

By Nelle Lee et al. Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Shake & Stir’s Première Production. Cremorne Theatre. 21 Aug – 7 Sept, 2013

Shake and Stir do it again – a fifth consecutive popular hit!

Inspired by Harper Lee’s classic novel, the six cast members and experienced director of new works, Michael Futcher, workshopped and rehearsed Nelle Lee’s draft script.