Wednesday, August 3, 2022

THEATRE

THEATRE

Much Ado

Much Ado at the Flight Path Theatre in Marrickville is well-worth seeing for its quirky transplantation of Renaissance court conduct into the modern and equally demanding code of effortless cool.

The One

In The One, Vanessa Bates takes the now familiar theme of cultural belonging and creates a potent mix of exuberant comedy and moving insight into the challenges of being Eurasian in contemporary Australia.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawlor’s characterisation of the four doomed characters in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is complex and their changing relationship nuanced, and the four actors in the Genesian Theatre's iteration fully meet the challenge. 

Rosie’s on the rise

From performing in a play in Redfern, to writing...

Golden Blood

Merlynn Tong’s long anticipated Golden Blood is an enthralling 90 minutes of theatre superbly performed by two spellbinding actors.

M. Rock

Lachlan Philpott’s M. Rock has something important to say about our compulsively label-driven world and says it in a very funny and sweetly eccentric way.

Terrain

Terrain can also be read as an affirmation of the survival, and the resurgence, of Aboriginal culture and the very real possibility that ancient ways may yet protect the land from the ravages of climate change.

Coil

While the proliferation of digital theatre during Covid had live theatre anxious over its future the technologically tuned-in Coil offers the theatrical equivalent to the hybrid car. Coil is a live-cinema event, that is, a mix of live performance and screen action, and while hilarious is, at the same time, elegiac in mood.

Hercule Poirot’s First Case

In Hercule Poirot’s First Case, be prepared for a new, pared-down, fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie’s first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles under the vigorous direction of Tom Massey.

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

You may hesitate to leave your warm home on a very cold evening to go to the theatre but you will be well rewarded if the production is Belvoir Street’s Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes. Playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s engaging script charting one young woman’s reversal of the embedded gender power imbalance underlying our everyday transactions is superbly performed and stylishly staged.

Son of Byblos

Son of Byblos is a tightly constructed and tense family drama set in Australian suburbia and within the Lebanese community. 

The Deb

The Australian Theatre for Young People’s production of The Deb is an uplifting and optimistic theatrical experience.

Wayside Bride

Alana Valentine’s Wayside Bride, a warm tribute to the work of the Reverend Ted Noffs and the Wayside Chapel, is a moving affirmation of the power of acceptance to transform human lives.

Theatresports to cap off Sydney Comedy Festival at Enmore Theatre

“Improvised comedy at its fastest and funniest” is what’s...

A is for Apple

In A is for Apple the battleground is the long-established Jewish patriarchal traditions that shape the behaviour, and the role in the Judaic community, of Jewish womanhood. It ends with a passionate, deeply moving appeal by the young Shoshana for new stories, new and inclusive imaginings.

The sound of curiosity

Alana Valentine, whose play Wayside Bride is on at Belvoir Theatre, relished the “sound of an audience listening actively” at the Currency Press Australian Playwrights Festival. The festival celebrated 50 years of the Redfern-based publisher of stage plays and more.

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

Heroes of the Fourth Turning explores why individuals adhere to beliefs and ideologies and what that means for the future of humanity. As theatre it is totally engrossing.

Locals feature in finals for Short+Sweet

Talented locals will feature in ‘the biggest little theatre festival in the world’ when Short+Sweet finally gets to complete its Covid-interrupted 2021 season in April 2022.

Fledgling

It is a pity that Lily Hayman’s Fledgling is showing for such a short time as it offers its audience a deeply emotional, intellectually provocative, and aesthetically satisfying experience.

Opening Night

Carissa Licciardello’s clever adaption of Opening Night prompts the audience to realise the extent to which current perception has rejected an age or gender limitation on women’s self-development.

Orange Thrower

While Kirsty Marillier’s debut play Orange Thrower lights up the Stables’ small stage with the energy of its lovely young cast it also explores the dark side of the coming-of-age of two mixed-race South African immigrant sisters.

A Chorus Line

Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s dazzling production of all-time favourite musical A Chorus Line immediately engages the audience in an epic world of passionate hope and desperate self-doubt.

ArtsLab: Have We Been Here Before?

ArtsLab  is Shopfront Arts Cooperative’s annual emerging artists’ festival, and each year offers a new, exciting and varied program. See it this year, writes Catherine Skipper, as your support will help to ensure a vibrant future for the arts in Australia.

At What Cost?

In At What Cost? writer Nathan Maynard addresses hard truths from Tasmania’s past that must be told. It also tackles vexatious issues of the Australian post-colonial present.

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls of Tehran

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls of Tehran explores how entitlement, conspicuous consumption and a life without meaning other than self-advertisement have usurped the values of modesty, charity and belief.

Wudjang: Not the Past

Wudjang: Not the Past mixes the world of the song cycle with the energy of dance. But it is through its use of the Mununjali language that we absorb a feeling, a reverence, for Country about which and through which Stephen Page is telling both his own story and our story.

‘The Silver Tunnel’ has fresh Sydney season … then is set to tour

A 3,000-kilometre regional tour will follow a fresh Sydney...

Tap Affect

Tap Affect shows “we’ve all got rhythm” as we respond to the dancers striking the floor in traditional and innovative rhythms with rapt attention.’

Being present and inspired: An interview with playwright Tom Holloway

Playwright Tom Holloway explores why people would queue to sit in a chair and lock eyes with an artist in a gallery and other meaty questions in the world premiere production of The Museum of Modern Love in January 2022.

The Boomkak Panto

The Boomkak Panto at Belvoir is a fairy tale, and the villains loudly booed by the willing audience meet a bad end and the queer AF love story triumphs – a great night on the town.

Lamb

Jane Bodie’s generational saga Lamb is a play with songs rather than a musical and an increasingly popular genre.

Home Chat

The venerable Genesian Theatre returns to the stage after lockdown presenting the Australian premiere of Noël Coward’s Home Chat.

Wudjang: Not the Past reclaiming the future

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.

Australian Theatre Live

Australian Theatre Live touts itself as “Australian story telling...

Outlines

Outlines is the inaugural season of video works displaying boundary-pushing artists and technologists who are reimagining the future of performance.

Fable fun on Planet Zoom!

Community-based theatre company Natalie Mitz Productions continues to create...

SandSong

SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first new full-length work for three years, and in keeping with their unique signature style it combines authentic storytelling, superb technique and a powerfully emotive performance.

The Cherry Orchard

The uppermost theme of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is not merely large-scale change but how to adjust to a change that is already in the process of taking place. Consequently Eamon Flack’s up-dated, thought-provoking and up-beat adaptation and staging of Chekhov’s much-loved play has much of importance to offer to our present, uncertain times.

Intact

The declared mission of new company, Fuser Production, is “to stir the human spirit” and incite “awe, challenge and inspiration through original and compelling art” and Intact, its debut performance, is deeply engaging and awe-inspiring.

Tiny Universe

You could watch TV or Netflix, but if you really wanted a completely absorbing and dynamic 60 minutes of entertainment you could see Tiny Universe, co-presented by Milk Crate Theatre and Shopfront Art Co-Op. Showing for a very short season, Tiny Universe deserves a longer season and a more extensive audience.

A Passage to India

Bringing Martin Sherman’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s rich and sprawling novel A Passage to India to the compact stage of the Genesian would have posed many challenges. Apart from a large number of characters and costumes, a diversity of locations, the narrative is in no haste to reach its haunting conclusion.

Ulster American

David Ireland’s award-winning satire Ulster American takes as its target the current Western concern with constructing inclusive and equal cultural identities.

Dogged

Dogged offers theatregoers a unique and startling theatre experience. Unflinchingly facing the problematic relationship between black and white people in Australia, it is a brilliantly conceived, powerfully realised and deeply confronting parable.

Local burlesque icon marks a milestone

Long-time Redfern resident and celebrated burlesque dancer Mia Mortal...

Testing times – an interview with Harriet Gordon-Anderson

Talking to Harriet Gordon-Anderson as she walks to rehearsals at 8.30am for Belfast-born David Ireland’s hard-hitting play Ulster American is an invigorating experience.

Live a Little

Monologues work well in an intimate space, and the small King Street Theatre Popupsairs venue works well for Sylvia Marie Keays in Paul Gilchrist’s Live a Little. As Tilly, a young woman who has an uneasy relationship with herself, with others and with the truth, Keays is by turns insouciant, witty and distraught.

The pay gap is a hot potato – an interview with writer Melanie Tait

When Australian Melanie Tait was 21 and living in...

Universe behind closed doors

What’s happening in our private moments that no one...

Stop Girl

In Stop Girl award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent Sally Sara offer us a semi-autobiographical story of grief and guilt, trusting that we will respond with understanding and compassion. Directed with integrity by Anna-Louise Sarks, the play offers a moving validation of the concept of moral injury.

Pete the Sheep

Gratefully, we welcome back Monkey Baa Children’s Theatre to the stage after a year’s absence. Their first 2021 production, an hilarious and imaginative musical adaption of Pete the Sheep, based on a whimsical tale by Jackie French and Bruce Whatly, adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, with lyrics by Phil Scott, is dynamic and absorbing entertainment for the 4 to 84 year olds.

The Secret of Chimneys

The Secret of Chimneys is lovely fun. There’s a body, a stolen letter, a secret code, a hidden black diamond necklace and a missing person along with a gallery of wonderfully exaggerated and beautifully performed characters under the strong direction of Molly Haddon.

If truth be told – an interview with Jeremy Goldstein

Jeremy Goldstein is the creative force behind Truth to...