The Choir of Man

The Choir of Man

By Bronwyn Cook Anyone who is from the UK or has visited will tell you that the local pub can often be the heartbeat of a town (or village). For me, it was Bartons Mill in Basingstoke, a charming place by a stream which I walked to through a country field. For the...

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Circus 1903

Circus 1903

By Jessica Taurins Harkening back to the carnivals and big tops of a hundred years ago, Circus 1903 is an absolute feast for the senses (including taste, if the ringmaster happens to toss some popcorn your way) and a delight for all ages. Aside from the acrobats,...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Chenoah Eljan The Australian Shakespeare Company’s 2023 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps their best and most polished production yet. Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens provides a stunning backdrop; cleverly, the paired-back, simple set does not...

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A Very Naughty Christmas

A Very Naughty Christmas

By David Gardette Following a highly successful sold-out Brisbane season A Very Naughty Christmas (AVNC) makes its way to Melbourne for a limited festive season. Creatives Alex Woodward and Dan Venz have devised and developed over the past 7 years this raunchy crowd...

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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

  Review by Suzanne Tate   Kinky Boots was an absolute powerhouse of a show!   Unlike most theatre folks, I have never seen the show or film, and as I don’t list to the soundtrack until I’ve seen a show, I’ve also never heard any of the music. I came to...

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

By Nick Pilgrim Written by the late Edward Albee (1928-2016), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is considered a modern theatrical classic. Sixty years ago since its Broadway debut and set on a university campus, the story is a gripping character study of two marriages...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

By Chenoah Eljan A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic that reminds us there are many things more valuable than money, including love, human connection, charity and generosity. This adaptation written by Jack Thorne does so with wit, music, and a contemporary...

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Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

By Nick Pilgrim In the vast and varied landscape of Australia’s independent live entertainment scene, for more than a decade Little Ones Theatre has carved itself an impressive niche. Known for their commitment to showcasing queer comedy and drama at capital city...

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A Very Jewish Christmas Carol

A Very Jewish Christmas Carol

By Carissa Shale Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or Chrismukkah, ‘A Very Jewish Christmas Carol’ is a heart-warming, must-see production, just in time for the holiday season. Produced by Melbourne Theatre Company, this original festive comedy is a fresh and...

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Prisoner at The World’s End

Prisoner at The World’s End

By Anna Hayes The story of Julian Assange is one that dots in and out of our media consumption these days. After seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he was arrested in April 2019 and transferred to Belmarsh Prison where he remains while fighting against a...

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ART

ART

  Review by Josiah Hilbig   First premiered in France in 1994, Art is an award-winning play that tells a simple story inspired by a personal experience of the playwright Yasmina Reza: Serge buys a particularly expensive painting—no more than white lines on a...

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La Cage Aux Folles

La Cage Aux Folles

By David Gardette Based on the 1973 French farce of the same name, La Cage Aux Folles (The Cage of Mad Women), premiered on Broadway in 1983 and enjoyed a hit four-year run, culminating in 6 Tony Awards. With numerous revivals, International stagings, more awards and...

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Dogfight

Dogfight

By Annie Zeleznikow Dogfight is a soulful musical about a rag tag team of young marines heading for Vietnam in the 1960’s. Before they are deployed they spend their last few hours of freedom in San Francisco, conforming to the tradition of marine’s past by hosting a...

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Orlando

Orlando

By Rebecca Waese  Orlando, the first musical production by Antipodes Theatre Company, adapts Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name, portraying a young, privileged artist who writes and loves, changes from a man to a woman, and lives almost 300 years. The production...

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Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's epic musical Miss Saigon was originally inspired by a single photograph. A distressed young child in Saigon was being taken away from her mother to join her ex-GI father in America. The pain is evident, as the mother gives up...

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Shakespeare Ghostbusters

Shakespeare Ghostbusters

By Jessica Taurins Entering to the sounds of bardcore - parody music where modern songs are performed with flutes and lyres - the Motley Bauhaus stage is well-set for the audience to enjoy another mash-up in Shakespeare Ghostbusters. On the spookiest of October...

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Message In A Bottle

Message In A Bottle

Reviewed by Tim Garratt   With a music career spanning six decades, Sting has achieved astonishing global success. He has 17 Grammy Awards to his name and over 100 million record sales, and his critically acclaimed Australian tour earlier this year played to...

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

By Adam Rafferty Great American jazz singer Billie Holiday, nicknamed ‘Lady Day’ and famous for her unique vocal style, is about as intimidating a historical character one can choose to portray. Yet Zahra Newman, in a virtuosic performance, captures the diva so...

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Hour of the Wolf

Hour of the Wolf

By Ash Cottrell It was Friday night at, Malthouse Theatre and the weather could only be characterised as, European-esque. There was a stillness to the evening and a frivolity in the air. One of COVID’s lasting benefits, the extended outdoor area, adjacent to ACCA, was...

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Latchkey

Latchkey

By Chenoah Eljan Latchkey is a sketch comedy show from the brilliant minds of The Improv Conspiracy alums Taylor Griffiths and Matt Jenner. This show has precious little in the way of set design, costumes, props and sound cues. Instead, it is 68% Griffiths’ hilarious...

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Quirky Best Friend

Quirky Best Friend

By Chenoah Eljan Nicole Gulasekharam has adapted her 2021 short film The Quirky Best Friend for the stage in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. It is a one-woman rom com-esque tale that relies heavily on the tropes it parodies, to great comedic effect....

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For Love Nor Money

For Love Nor Money

By Chenoah Eljan Every seat is filled for Victorian Theatre Company’s production of Angus Cameron’s For Love Nor Money. Word has got out, this is, quite literally, one to watch. It is a story about an aspiring poet, Liam (Alexander Lloyd), and an aspiring filmmaker,...

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Triple Butter Popcorn

Triple Butter Popcorn

By Chenoah Eljan Alex Lowes has always wanted to be the most famous person in the world and so he made a show about it. This is Lowes’s first Fringe festival show, which is surprising given his comfort on stage and the ease with which he rolls with technical...

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Flake

Flake

By Nick Pilgrim Situated in Melbourne’s inner south, Red Stitch / The Actors’ Theatre is known for producing exciting and diverse local and international content. Thanks to the company’s compact black box space, viewers are treated to an experience never far away from...

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MinusOneSister

MinusOneSister

By Darby Turnbull Three girls, one boy, minus one sister.  Minusonesister, Anna Barnes’ 2013 adaption of Sophocles Electra, which was the recipient of the Patrick White Playwrighting award that year, makes a welcome return at this year's Fringe Festival. Barne’s savvy...

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Mythos: Ragnarok

Mythos: Ragnarok

By Natalie Ristovski One thought pervaded my mind for the bulk of my foray into the world of Mythos: Ragnarok this Melbourne Fringe Season, and that thought was: Why is this not a dinner theatre show? To be fair, one would be forgiven for wanting to avoid tying...

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KABOOM

KABOOM

By Anja Eljan (age 8) The maddest of mad scientists, Magnus D Magnus, is the ruler of the show KABOOM! Magnes D Magnes calls himself “the world’s stupidest genius and the smartest idiot”. He shows the audience mind-blowing science experiments and shocking explosions....

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Prehysterical

Prehysterical

By Chenoah Eljan Prehysterical is Head First Acrobats’ kids show at the Fringe, to offset their adult only offerings Crème de la Crème and GODZ. The show is expertly crafted with clever attention to detail and outstanding direction from Adam Opus. The audience is...

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A Fine Line

A Fine Line

By Darby Tunbull Harry Styles is a fascinating pop culture figure, you either get him or you don’t, I’m the latter, however I think I just about get the people that get him. The break-out star of teen heartthrob sensation One Direction he’s managed to parlay his...

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Flit

Flit

By Darby Turnbull There’s a moment in every maturing reader's experience when they realize how dense and disturbing JM Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy actually is. Alongside the fairies, pirates, mermaids and flying with the aid of some fairy dust and happy thoughts are...

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Pining For Affection: A Tree Musical

Pining For Affection: A Tree Musical

By Chenoah Eljan One beautiful Melbourne evening Dylan Marshall and Earl Marrows were sitting on a park bench together admiring the beauty before them when Marshall turned to Marrow and said: “I bet I can come up with more tree puns than you can.” And so, Pining for...

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Alienation

Alienation

By Karyn Hodgkinson Alienation by Jake Silvestro & Romain Hassanin @ NICA 4 stars It has been fascinating to see how circus has developed in my living memory. As a child, it was the proverbial clowns with red noses - sometimes scary to a small child - trapeze...

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Be a Doll, Won’t You?

Be a Doll, Won’t You?

By Jessica Taurins "Be a Doll, Won't You?" brutally forces the audience to consider their role in human objectification, their opinions on sex work, and their ability to separate performance from performer... plus there's a fun dance sequence in the middle! Developed...

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GODZ

GODZ

By Ash Cottrell If I’m being honest, The Vault, a temporary structure erected at the Queen Vic markets for the glorious, Melbourne Fringe Festival was somewhat difficult to find. Surprising, given it is a twenty-metre geodesic dome, constructed for outdoor...

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Lonely

Lonely

By Chenoah Eljan Dylan Cole enters the stage wearing head-to-toe black with his headphones on. Large, achromatic puzzle pieces are spread out on the floor. Piano music plays. Cole picks up a single puzzle piece, cradles it like a baby, sets it down. The puzzle piece...

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Elvis: A Musical Revolution

Elvis: A Musical Revolution

  By George Dixon   Elvis has always been a controversial figure; you may love Elvis or loathe him, take him, or leave him, but there is one thing for sure, Elvis and his music became a Musical Revolution.   This new production, Elvis: A Musical...

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Chess The Musical

Chess The Musical

  With music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and book and lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess The Musical has had a somewhat checkered past. The original concept album released in 1984 received rave reviews and the single 'I Know Him So Well', performed by Elaine...

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Constellations

Constellations

By Darby Turnbull Nick Payne’s Constellations is a story that explores multitudes, but to my eye doesn’t contain them. A high concept love story that explores a relationship between Physicist Marianne and Beekeeper Roland through the seemingly infinite possibilities...

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If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love

By Darby Turnbull It’s all there in John O’Donovan’s title. It’s a mouthful, it’s slightly audacious and its verbosity immediately catches our attention. Cocaine is a play about barriers and the incremental things we need to transcend them; drugs, sweets, alcohol,...

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This is Living

This is Living

By Darby Turnbull This is the third two hander relationship drama I’ve seen over the Fringe Festival and for one that makes aims towards explorations of mortality, grief, guilt and finding some momentum in life after profound loss it feels the emptiest. Liam Borrett’s...

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Your Mother Chucks Rocks And Shells

Your Mother Chucks Rocks And Shells

By Chenoah Eljan It’s 2am and Ange Lavoipierre can’t sleep because life, mental load, anxiety, and that catch-all bag of delightful and absurd crap called the human condition. What ensues is one hour of sharp dialogue, guided sleep meditations, celebrity apologies,...

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MATADOR sabor de amor

MATADOR sabor de amor

By Chenoah Eljan MATADOR sabor de amor (taste of love) is a series of transitions interspersed with brief dance numbers, matter-of-fact corset removals, and the soundtrack of a Zumba class. The show is performed in “The Vault”, a 20-meter geodesic dome intended for...

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Crème de la crème

Crème de la crème

 By Chenoah Eljan Crème de la Crème by Head First Acrobats is a perfect medley of acts in this year's Fringe, deftly led by MC Cal Harris. As a whole the show is so polished its relaxed in the best way possible, the timing is punchy and the impressive tricks and...

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Mamma Mia! The Musical

Mamma Mia! The Musical

  Review by Bronwyn Cook   Mamma Mia…here we go again! Making its third decade appearance, Mamma Mia! The Musical is back after its 2001-2005, 2009-2010 and 2017-2018 productions.   Whilst the world sure has changed since we last saw these dancing...

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Exhumed; the ‘best’ of Bradley Storer

Exhumed; the ‘best’ of Bradley Storer

By Darby Turnbull After over a decade of performing Bradley Storer, the ‘dark princeling’ of Melbourne Cabaret makes a triumphant return to the Butterfly Club for a musical retrospective of some of his favorite musical performances. Pithy self-deprecation within his...

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Sprouting Wings

Sprouting Wings

By Anna Hayes The notion of aging is something that we’ve all thought about in one way or another over the years; when you’re young, you hope the bouncer won’t ask for ID, when you get a bit older, you’re flattered when he does… All jokes aside, aging is a serious...

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Niusia

Niusia

By Darby Turnbull Niusia, takes its name from creator and performer Beth Paterson’s indomitable grandmother who she knew in the final decade and a half of her life as a bitter, vitriolic crank, who whilst loving and enigmatic, had a pointed mean streak. Through 60...

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My Sister Jill

My Sister Jill

By Adam Rafferty As one of our most prolific playwrights, Melbourne’s own Patricia Cornelius hasn’t had her works produced by our mainstage theatre companies nearly as often as you might think. Considering how well her writing captures uniquely Australian voices it...

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Journey to the Centre of The Earth

Journey to the Centre of The Earth

By Rhylee Nowell Go on a delicious treat of a Journey with Innes Lloyd So, I’m going preface this with I am a huge fan of Innes Lloyd. They always bring me so much joy. And Journey to the Centre of the Earth is no different. A delightful romp from beginning to end,...

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Love Lust Lost

Love Lust Lost

By Bec Johnston The contemporary audience often maintains a one-sided and undeviating relationship with the art they choose to consume. With the advent of on-demand streaming, indulging in movies and even stage performances from the comfort of the living room has...

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Maria Stuarda

Maria Stuarda

Review by George Dixon Melbourne Opera’s Maria Stuarda is the second of Donizettis’s Tudor Trilogy (Anne Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux.) While the previous performance, “Mary Stuart” (2015-2017), was presented in English, Maria Stuarda is sung in its...

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Swamp – At The End Of The World

Swamp – At The End Of The World

By Nick Pilgrim In more than a decade of reviewing, I have had the privilege to witness a tremendous range of shows, events, and experiences. From plays and musicals, or cabaret to comedy, perhaps the most diverse and challenging category I have critiqued would be...

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Myra in Space

Myra in Space

By Anna Hayes There’s been a lot of talk recently about space – there’s a kind of revived race to the moon and, of course, we’re busily looking for stuff on Mars, and Elon Musk is using all of his hot air to try get a rocket off the ground – it’s a wonder that one...

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WICKED

WICKED

  By Jody Miller   The Broadway sensation WICKED looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing...

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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

By Jessica Taurins Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is touted as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and thankfully the 2023 Melbourne production entirely lives up to such a grandiose descriptor. Written in 1949, Miller wrote his two act play about his...

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idk

idk

By George Dixon. The Melbourne performance of “idk” played at North Melbourne’s Arts House. The venue was perfect - its extra depth and ample stage area provided opportunities for every inch to be utilised. This seventy-minute production is admirably titled “idk” with...

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Club Vegas – The Spectacle

By Nick Pilgrim “Sin City dazzles in Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.”  For more than a decade as a reviewer, I have had the privilege to watch a solid handful of variety acts brought to life in their many ways, shapes and forms. Featuring everything from singers...

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

By Ash Cottrell What’s better than an evening out with a glass of prosecco and a side of The Bard? Last Friday night was precisely this kind of evening at the dynamic, fortyfivedownstairs, with the hotly anticipated opening night of, Julius Caesar – brought to life in...

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Prophet

Prophet

By Cedar Brown Entering Prophet’s play space, I was struck by the visually exciting design – suggestions of protest, war, and destitution suspended around the audience; the characters, wrapped in their own realities, occupying scaffolding, stages, and platforms of...

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

  Moulin Rouge! The Musical is back at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne's East End Theatre District.   After a COVID-interrupted start, Moulin Rouge! The Musical finally made its Australian premiere in Melbourne in November 2021. The COVID-shortened Melbourne...

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How To Save a Tree

How To Save a Tree

By Karyn Hodgkinson  One can be forgiven for thinking that How to Save a Tree is solely about protecting the environment. Though concern for the environment is ever-present, we are asked to consider other ideas and issues specific to particular protests in Melbourne....

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Monument

Monument

By Heather Bosted Newly elected Edith, is the youngest woman to ever lead her country and she has 90 minutes to get ready for the most important speech of her life. Enter a young makeup artist from David Jones, Rosie, with the mission of giving Australia's Youngest...

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The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

By Chenoah Eljan The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is exactly what it says on the packet: the Bard’s 38 plays condensed into an hour and half, roughly 152 costume changes, four dozen murders and a kiss. It would seem an impossible feat, and yet...

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What Was That?

What Was That?

By Cedar Brown Coming into the foyer of the Werribee Mansion’s adjacent hotel at 7.45 for an 8pm start to the show, we happened across a TV playing the women's soccer world cup. Australia vs France playing for who goes into the semi finals, nil all. The would-be...

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Escaped Alone and What If If Only

Escaped Alone and What If If Only

By Adam Rafferty Often described as Britain’s greatest living playwright, the brilliant Caryl Churchill is renowned for works that take unusual and experimental forms, while always being wondrously relatable. With more than 30 plays to choose from, companies who wish...

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Guys & Dolls

Guys & Dolls

  Review by Suzanne Tate   The Antipodes Theatre Company’s production of Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway at Chapel off Chapel is a refreshing new take on a classic from the Golden Age of Musical Theatre. To begin with, the casting exemplifies...

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Picnic At Hanging Rock

Picnic At Hanging Rock

  Originally a 1967 novel by Joan Lindsey, the story of Picnic At Hanging Rock took on mythical proportions when a film adaptation first hit cinemas in 1975. Growing up in the 1970s it was almost impossible to not have at least some understanding of Picnic At...

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kerosene/SIRENS

kerosene/SIRENS

By Darby Turnbull I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kerosene and Sirens individually and each were on my list of theatrical highlights for 2021 and 2022 respectively. It’s a rare treat to be able to revisit a piece, rarer still with the original creatives, and it’s long...

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ELVIS – A Musical Revolution

ELVIS – A Musical Revolution

  Review by Jody Miller   Featuring over 40 hit songs, Elvis: A Musical Revolution celebrates the extraordinary life of award winning, cultural icon, Elvis Presley. From his childhood in Mississippi, to his triumphant ‘68 Comeback Special, and ascent to...

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Telethon Kid

Telethon Kid

By Darby Turnbull Sex comedies throughout the ages; Shakespeare to Neil Simon, have traditionally relied on miscommunication or straight up deceit in their pursuit of amorous exploits. One genre I’m enjoying emerge in modern writing and production is the ‘consent’...

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2:22 A Ghost Story

2:22 A Ghost Story

By Jessica Taurins Life after death is polarising. There could be an afterlife where your dreams come true, or everything could end at brain death, or some of us poor souls could be trapped between one ending and another. Ghosts, poltergeists, spectres, phantoms - all...

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

 Review by Jody Miller   A Dark and Thrilling Masterpiece, Sweeney Todd - The Musical  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street A Musical Thriller 22 July - 27 August 2023 In the Drama Theatre | Sydney Opera House Presents | Musical Theatre   Stephen Sondheim’s Tony...

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When You Wore Braces

When You Wore Braces

By Kristopher Hinz Black humour is the silver lining in this coming of age tale with a twist. Perfectly paced for drama throughout, Rachel Edmond’s masterpiece When You Wore Braces is two-person theater at its best. Edmonds debut play is unafraid of exploring the...

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Stewart Reeve – Chameleon

Stewart Reeve – Chameleon

 By Nick Pilgrim Stewart Reeve is an award-winning one of a kind. Or, to put his brilliant hour-long roller coaster ride in sharp perspective, he is every kind. In over a decade of reviewing, I have had the privilege to witness a solid handful of world-class local and...

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Rough Trade

Rough Trade

By George Dixon I always find that any production performed by the originator (writer) tends to enhance the intent and meaning of the script, as the interpretation is presented from the writer’s perspective. Rough Trade is a one-person play written and performed by...

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Burn The Floor Presents Walanbaa Yulu-Gi

Burn The Floor Presents Walanbaa Yulu-Gi

By Nick Pilgrim Just as Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean did for figure skating (Face The Music) or Michael Flatley with Celtic Folk (Riverdance / Lord Of The Dance), Burn The Floor turns the conservative world of ballroom upside down. What was once perceived as...

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Bloom

Bloom

By Adam Rafferty A brand-new musical from the team at Working Dog, (i.e., the producers of television’s Utopia and Frontline, films The Castle and The Dish, and 2014’s wildly successful MTC play, The Speechmaker) … you had me at new musical, but this is an unexplored...

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Far Away

Far Away

By Darby Turnbull Welcome back Patalog! After a 4 year hiatus which contained a global pandemic and one of their producers Ben Walter’s term in Harry Potter and the cursed child, one of our finest local companies returns to 45 downstairs with a smashing presentation...

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This is Living

This is Living

By Darby Turnbull It feels like Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse are trying on each other's frocks in an interesting piece of contrast programming. MTC has the incendiary, in ya face (by mainstage standards) Is God is and it’s Malthouse who’s doing the sedate...

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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

  While we have the opportunity to watch old films, it's impossible to go back in time to watch a theatre performance. There are so many incredible performances that will be remembered only by those privileged to have witnessed them at the time. Therefore, the...

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Away

Away

By Anna Hayes  Anticipation for a good holiday is at the heart of Michael Gow’s classic play ‘Away’ which has been revived for a run at Theatre Works’ HQ in Acland Street. I say ‘revived’ but it seems like this is a work that is never too far from the Australian...

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Parrwang Lifts the Sky

Parrwang Lifts the Sky

By Karyn Hodgkinson There is much to admire about Deborah Cheetham Fraillon’s work. A Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer, educator and nurturer of indigenous artists, she continues to give much to the Australian cultural landscape. She is also an innovator, which...

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Last Time

Last Time

By Darby Turnbull I’m a huge admirer of romantic comedies, a genre much maligned as somehow being insubstantial mainly because their most devoted audience members consist of femme individuals, women, queer men etc and so complacently derided. But when done right...

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Just a Boy, Standing in Front of a Girl

Just a Boy, Standing in Front of a Girl

By Stephen Mitchell After premiering at La Mama Courthouse in 2018, Just A Boy Standing In Front of A Girl has endured a couple of false starts at fortyfivedownstairs, courtesy of everyone's favourite pandemic, previewing in 2021 and finally opening in 2023 after what...

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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Whether it's the original book, the film starring Judy Garland or the various musical stage adaptations, L Frank Baum's story of The Wizard of Oz is a well-loved classic tale. Under the direction of Kim Anderson, Theatrical's production has retained all the familiar...

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City of Angels

City of Angels

Review by Jody Miller   A Mesmerising Blend of Mystery and Melody: City of Angels at The Hayes Theatre Sydney   Presented by Joshua Robson Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co   City of Angels, the critically acclaimed musical, has found a...

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Is God Is

Is God Is

By Adam Rafferty This is a very unique play and a very unique production for Melbourne Theatre Company (in co-production with Sydney Theatre Company), not just in storyline, but in style too. This is a tale of revenge in almost a comic book kind of ‘action-writ-large’...

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Shhhh

Shhhh

By Anna Hayes Red Stitch Theatre is the venue for the Australian premiere of U.S. playwright Clare Barron’s challenging work ‘Shhh’, a play that explores the concept of consent through a number of different characters. The play follows a relatively loose narrative,...

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Underneath Ms Archer

Underneath Ms Archer

By Jessica Taurins Underneath Ms Archer has a number of themes running throughout, from modernity vs. antiquity to social media and its hold on the world. So, it was a bit of a shame to find one of its central story conceits was a bit lost without the relevant...

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Midnight The Cinderella Musical

Midnight The Cinderella Musical

    World premiere musicals in our country are all too often small-scale productions by independent companies in little theatres outside the CBD; applauded by the small audiences who get to witness them, but soon forgotten without a producer willing to develop it...

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

  Review by Tim Garratt In 1994, Disney made its first foray into musical theatre, mounting a stage adaptation of one of its most recent and revered films. Only a few years earlier, Beauty and the Beast had become a box office smash, earning $403 million at the...

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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Review by Tim Garratt Celebrating 70 years since its first performance in London, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is now inviting Australian audiences to experience its tale of murder mystery. Theatregoers in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra have had...

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Cabaret Night Fever

Cabaret Night Fever

By Ian Nott MJ Wilson knows how to make an entrance albeit an understated one. He parted the maroon curtains of the Butterfly Club stage on Monday night with panache and a wide welcoming smile. He has gliding, wistful way of moving on the stage and the audience was...

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Broadway Diva

Broadway Diva

By Bronwyn Cook What better way to follow-up from the musical theatre Christmas (aka the Tony Awards) than to celebrate the songs we know, some we may not know, but definitely love with a Broadway Diva, otherwise known as Olivia Ruggiero. In a tightly paced, swift...

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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

By Darby Turnbull Following their critically acclaimed and sold-out production of Ignis at last year's Melbourne Fringe, Anthropocene Play company reunites Director Bronwen Coleman and several members of the cast to present Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at Theatreworks....

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The Culture

The Culture

By Nick Pilgrim In thirteen years of reviewing, I have experienced a solid array of pieces which deep dive into important social and community issues. Standout examples include: Australia’s Escalating Homeless Crisis (Trash Goes Down The River) Spousal Euthanasia...

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Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

  Jekyll and Hyde is a musical loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.   With music by Frank Wildhorn, book by Leslie Bricusse and lyrics by Wildhorn, Bricusse and Steve Cuden, the musical made its...

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Jacky

Jacky

By Adam Rafferty For a young Aboriginal man from up North, looking to make it on your own in the Big Smoke can require hard work, compromise and in the case of Jacky, some intrepid career options in order to achieve your goals. Commissioned as part of MTC’s NEXT STAGE...

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Worstword Ho

Worstword Ho

By Anna Hayes How to review Samuel Beckett? It’s a funny one because, no matter what you say, you’re probably wrong. But as the character in his penultimate work Worstword Ho says: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Those immortal lines, repurposed in a wide...

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