Reviews

Looking Through a Glass Onion

John Lennon In Word and Music. John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta. Playhouse – Sydney Opera House. Nov 30 – Dec 12, 2010

A Day in the Life, Norwegian Wood, Come Together, Revolution, Strawberry Fields, Starting Over, Jealous Guy and Imagine are some of the greats featured in John Waters’ production of John Lennon in Word and Music Looking Through A Glass Onion. Waters’ voice sounds a lot like Lennon and in some songs, particularly ballads, you could close your eyes and think you’re hearing the man himself.

Spring Awakening

By Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind. The Little Theatre, Adelaide University (SA). Dec 2 to 11, 2010.

In their theatre debut, Gin and Vodka Productions have tackled a challenging piece with the Broadway Musical adaptation of controversial 1891 German play Spring Awakening. Luckily, both company and cast are up to task 

Krash Test Kulture

La Mama Courthouse (VIC). Komissar Kabaret & Canto Coro. December 2 – 19, 2010

“MULTIMEDIA… KABARET… CHOIR… MULTICULTURAL ENSEMBLE… NEW CUTTING-EDGED INTERKULTURAL KABAOPERA”

And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie. Canberra Repertory. Director: Duncan Ley. Theatre 3, Acton. 26 November to 11 December 2010

Who'd have thought that a murder mystery could be such fun!

Agatha Christie's setup has seven guests and three newly hired hands, apparently none knowing their host, arrive on an isolated island for a weekend as weather sets in.  The relaxed atmosphere is rather ruined when the host, via a recording, announces their past crimes.

And then the deaths begin. And the murderer is one of the party.

Sweeney Todd

By Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Directors: Adam Fisher and Bethany Levy. The Roo Theatre Company, Shellharbour (NSW). November 12 - 27, 2010

Sitting in the back rows of the old Her Majesty Theatre I remember Geraldine Turner as Nellie Lovett in the first Sydney production of Sweeny Todd, and that was about all. Ever since I have been adverse to its swanky Gothic tale - but in the front row of the Roo's production, the show all fell into place. Nothing but the complex delight of Sondheim compositions could have redeemed the perverse story of criminal revenge and cannibalism. Dickensian macabre becomes a platform and rationale for an almost vaudevillian plethora of melodrama, emotion, sentimentality and romance.

Table Manners

By Sir Alan Ayckbourn (from The Norman Conquests). Essendon Theatre Company. November 26 to December 4, 2010

Table Manners is the first installment of The Norman Conquests trilogy, written by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. A situational comedy, the entire play takes place in Annie’s (Kathryn Moloney) dining room. To find out what was happening in the living room the whole time you have to come back to Essendon in March next year for part two: Living Together.

Black and White

By Eilannin Dhu. Directed by Dannielle Ashton. Subiaco Arts Centre, Western Australia. November 20 and 21, 2010

The Last Days

By Manuel Casha. Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group. Director: Mel de Bono. Nov 18 – 27, 2010.

S.T.A.G. supports new playwrights, giving them an opportunity to see their plays performed and maybe gauge the success or otherwise as to the presentation.

Not In A Million Years

Force Majeure. CarriageWorks (NSW). Nov 18 – 27, 2010.

10 years in a coma, trapped in a mine for two weeks, propelled to the edge of the stratosphere, falling 33,000 feet from an aircraft, beating a world record by 50 times over, winning $70 million or walking on a wire cable across to the North Tower of the World Trade Centre - Not In A Million Years showcases seven phenomenal true stories, some of which audiences will be familiar with and others they will learn of through this performance.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

By David Nehls and Betsy Kelso. Director: Jay James-Moody. Musical Director: Chris King. Choreographer: Simone Sallé. New Theatre (NSW). Nov 18 – Dec 18, 2010.

New Theatre has come up with an aptly silly, bright piece of musical comedy fun for the ‘silly season.’

Lively, somewhat risqué small-scale American musical The Great American Trailer Park Musical is playing its Sydney premiere at New Theatre.

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