Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan Society (Victoria). Director: Robert Ray. Musical Director: John Ferguson. May 2.

I attended the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s last performance of Yeomen of the Guard and it was disappointing to see a half empty auditorium when many had been offered cheap tickets. Having left my run late I paid $44, which is a lot to pay for an amateur show, which is out of copyright.

THE ROLE MODEL by Bruce Hoogendoorn

BOObook Theatre. Scott: James Doolan; Wanda: Denise Kuchmar; Louise: Stephanie Osztreicher; Adam: William Ridley; Jack: Adam Brown; Kate: Anuroop Sabharwal; Director: Sue Lindsay; Set and costumes: Naomi Wong; Lighting Design: Patrick Gooden.

With codes of almost every discipline struggling with their public image, Bruce Hoogendoorn's The Role Model is a timely exploration of the punishing and very public dilemmas associated with a sporting hero's fall from grace.

Let The Sunshine by David Williamson

Ensemble Theatre (until July 4), subsequently touring to Penrith, Taree, Canberra and Geelong.

Two Noosa couples mix socially without much liking each other. The men, a radical film-maker exiled to Noosa after a discredited documentary, and a white sandshoe developer - the women, old school acquaintances, a year apart at school, at odds thanks to book club politics. Add their apparently incompatible 30-something off-spring, struggling muso and hard-nosed rising corporate lawyer and mix the gene pool.

Inside Out by Mary Rachel Brown

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

The subject of Mary Rachel Brown’s play Inside Out, which took out the 2008 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award, is mental illness. A mother and her young adult son share a flat together and have the usual trying relationship. The son is at Arts College and makes a mess of their flat by drawing manically on the floors and walls, aggravating his mum. Their relationship takes a turn for the worse when the son’s behaviour becomes ever stranger, and mum realises that action needs to be taken.

Bondi Legal by Tony Laumberg

Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst.

Bondi Legal tells a classic underdog story. Steven McGrath plays a lawyer just starting out in his career. He takes a job as a locum, covering for a lawyer who is going on holidays. The first day on the job he finds out that the lawyer has left him with a bomb. He has to appear in court to act in a case where a mother is taking on a large pharmaceutical company in a case where the claim is that her daughter’s racing mare lost some of its hair after using one of its products.

When the Rain Stops Falling

Sydney Theatre Company. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Writer, Andrew Bovell; Designer, Hossein Valamanesh; Composer, Quentin Grant; Director / Dramaturg, Chris Drummond.

Diverse forces have forged this new Australian theatrical epic through its generous creative gestation, commenced in 2005. Innovative Adelaide theatre company Brink Productions’ 2008 Adelaide Festival triumph When The Rain Stops Falling opened in Sydney shortly before its London premiere.

God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

Queensland Theatre Company & Black Swan State Theatre Company. Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. May 4. Director: Michael Gow

Yasmina Reza’s new play, God Of Carnage, starts with a premise ripped straight from the headlines – schoolyard bullying – in which two couples come together to discuss the action of their sons, Bruno and Ferdinand, where Bruno ended up with two broken teeth. The parents, Michel, a wholesaler of household goods, and Veronique, a writer who’s latest cause is what’s happening in Africa, and Alain, a corporate lawyer, and Annette, a wealth manager, meet at the home of Michel and Veronique.

Shut Your Eyes & Think of England by John Chapman and Anthony Marrio. Spotlight Theatre Gold Coast.

Shut Your Eyes & Think of England

If you did as the title suggested you would have missed a very funny performance! Dealing with a financial dilemma that could ruin all concerned, this hysterical romp was fast and furious. Containing all the ingredients of a good farce, the show, directed by Dorothy Henderson, and portrayed by a very talented cast, was full of double entendre and mixed identities along with compromising situations.

Dead Cats Don’t Bounce by Simon Alroe

Hot Tin Roof Production. Cremorne Theatre QPAC, Brisbane. (QLD)

What a joy to watch a play where you peep through a window of today’s world and recognise the people there. What made it work? First came the words: Simon Alroe (watch this writer – he is following in Williamson’s, Simon’s, Bennett’s and Ayckborn’s footsteps) focused on the economic collapse and corporate people caught up by it. The playwright examined what in their past might have accounted for the characters’ reactions to what happened. That engaged us.

Assassins. Book By John Weidman, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Roleystone Theatre. (WA) March 6 – 21.

Roleystone’s Assassins abandoned the traditional setting of this musical, with this production set in a bar, presided over by a female publican/proprietor. The Proprietor entered from the cellar (underworld?), naughtily attired in red, as she encouraged would-be assassins. This was an impressive performance by Carmen Miles, although singing two octaves above the original it sometimes felt a little beyond her range. Carmen also doubled nicely as Emma Goldman.

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