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Review - Peter Pan Goes Wrong: two hours of breathtaking laughter

Life on a rolling ship Peter Pan Goes Wrong By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields adapted from J.M. Barry’s novel Directed by Chris Bean Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence in Association with David Atkins Enterprises, ABA and the mischief Company Queensland Conservatorium Theatre South Bank Brisbane Season: until February 3. Bookings: Qtix 136 246. Duration: 2 hours including interval. Well, Peter Pan certainly did go wrong and never has so wrong been so right. It all added up to two hours of breathtaking laughter, madcap physical clowning and unbelievably good comic timing. With a cast of 12 ( I think), numerous sets on a fast moving revolve and co

A new live music experience is coming to Brisbane

The Old Fashioned Production Company Presents promises to transport audiences to the Off Broadway Jazz clubs of New York, where a unique night of world class music, food and celebration awaits. Set in the Doo-Bop Bar, in Brisbane’s Mary Street, "Presents" will feature the music of artists from Broadway and beyond, Australia's finest performers will pay tribute to the great composers of American Music. The first show is on March 9. Hosted by International performer/writer Bradley McCaw, (right) and musically directed by Steve Russell, one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists and accompanists, and a third world class guest - in Brisbane - for a one night only performance. Tickets are strictly l

Review – Picnic at Hanging Rock: eeriness, mystery and suspense

Above: the cast. Right: Emma-Kate Reynolds as Dianne De Poiters and Aoife Kissane as Irma Leopold Picnic at Hanging Rock By Laura Annawyn Shamas Based on the book by Joan Lindsay Directed by Claire Argente Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie terrace Brisbane Reviewed on January 25, Season ends February 16. Duration: 150 minutes including a 20 minute interval. Bookings: www.artstheatre.com.au or (07) 3369 2344 Back in 2013 I saw an impressive production of Picnic at Hanging Rock at the Arts Theatre which had been adapted by the late Carol Burns, so it was a bit surprising to see the current production had been adapted by an American playwright. Nevertheless, the production still held the eeriness of

Review – Sweet Charity: Dreamy…Dazzling…Delightful

Sweet Charity By Neil Simon Directed by Kris Stewart and Maureen Bowra Produced by Alex Woodward Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm Season: until February 10. Bookings: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2019/01/24/sweet-charity Dreamy…Dazzling…Delightful. These are just some of the words that spring to mind when contemplating the Opening Night of Understudy Productions’ Sweet Charity starring Brisbane’s own Naomi Price (right). What the classic film lacked in pizazz and spunk was made up for in this scintillating production. With a nod to Bob Fosse’s timeless choreography and vision, the cast and creative team whirled their way through the story, sometimes literally – and with ample amounts of pon

Sydney review – The Big Time: a riveting good yarn

Above: Aileen Huynh as Celia and Claudia Barrie as Vicki . Below: Jeremy Waters as Rohan and Ben Wood as Rolly. Photos: Sophie Withers The Big Time By David Williamson Directed by Mark Kilmurry An Ensemble Theatre Production Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall street Kirribilli Season: 18 January – 16 March. Bookings: (02) 9929 0644 or https://boxoffice.ensemble.com.au Most theatre plays attempt to examine the human dimension in some way: our cleverness, our generosity, our frailties or perhaps our evil side. It’s rare though to get an insider view of the characters and inner workings within the entertainment industry itself. David Williamson’s The Big Time succeeds brilliantly in lifting the lid

Our run in with Moaning Myrtle

Above: The view from our room. Below: the lobby from floor 8 The Club buffet. Photos by Deanne Scott My wife and I had a lot of fun at the great Hyatt Regency Hotel on Adelaide Parade in Perth. It has every sort of amenity a traveller needs and the friendliest and most accommodating staff I have encountered anywhere. It is a five star hotel and earned every one of the stars. It has an impressive lobby and a unique style of building with huge domed transparent roof. We were booked into a Club room – 811- which was a good size with a very comfortable bed and heaps of wardrobe space, quality toiletries, shower but no tub. We were booked in for four nights with a five day break and then back fo

STC takes new political satire by Nakkiah Lui to Opera House

Right: Michelle Lim Davidson, Nakkiah Lui and Anthony Taufa by Rene Vaile Award winning playwright Nakkiah Lui returns to STC with How to Rule the World - a new political satire, opening at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House in February. Following the smash hit success of Lui’s Black is the New White and Blackie Blackie Brown, How to Rule the World is a fast-paced comedy that tackles the Australian myths of multiculturalism and a ‘fair go’. STC Associate Director Paige Rattray has assembled a stellar cast which includes Nakkiah Lui, Michelle Lim Davidson, Anthony Taufa, Rhys Muldoon, Vanessa Downing, Gareth Davies and Hamish Michael for this hilarious tale of sex, lies and the balance of

Sydney review - Trainspotting – the Play: sad, depressing and full of despair

Jayden Muir as Alison. Photo by Emma Wright. Review - Trainspotting – The Play Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh Adapted by Harry Gibson Directed by Simon Thomson A Gradco.Studio Production Limelight on Oxford 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst Season: 16 January – 26 January. Bookings: www.limelightonoxford.com.au Sometimes a play comes along that makes you feel sick to the stomach. The subject matter, the storyline, the characters, the graphic imagery, whatever it is, leaves you feeling empty and unsatisfied. Well, Trainspotting – The Play was one such experience for me. However, I am sure that the writer of Trainspotting (novel), Irvine Welsh and Harry Gibson (play) intended for me to feel

Review - Counting and Cracking: grand in scale in all production criteria

Photograph: Brett Boardman Counting And Cracking By S Shakthidharan Directed By Eamon Flack Produced by Belvoir and Co-Curious Sydney Town Hall George Street Sydney Season: 11 January – 2 February Box Office: +61 (2) 9699 3444 or mail@belvoir.com.au To call this magnificent production of Counting and Cracking anything other than an epic would be an understatement. It certainly is grand in scale in all production criteria: the script is real, emotional and humorous; the story is exciting and dramatic; the set is vast and versatile; the staging is creative and vivid; the acting is authentic, genuine and warm; the music is appropriate and cultural and the audience enjoyment level is…5/5. Writte

Review - Fool for Love at Limelight on Oxford

Fool for Love By Sam Shepard A Patina Production Directed by Julie Baz Limelight on Oxford, Darlinghurst Season runs until January 12 As we all take our seats at the Limelight on Oxford theatre, the main characters are already on stage, in position, like frozen statues. It’s as if the show had already started and the characters have paused, as a courtesy to our intrusion. The lights then dim and the characters come alive. The setting is a motel room, located somewhere near the Mojave Desert in the US. The room is simple; just a single bed, a table and chairs and a bathroom. The set and costumes are overwhelmingly country style. Room dividers, entry and exit points are done in a manner resemb

Review – Jersey Boys at QPAC

Jersey Boys The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Browe Directed by Des McAnuff Presented by Dodger Theatricals, Rodney Rigby and TEG Dainty Playing at QPAC, Lyric Theatre, South Bank, Brisbane Season: Until February 17. Run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes including interval. Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 346. BIG Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You — it doesn’t matter how old you are, you’ve heard the songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. But you could be forgiven for not knowing they belonged to these 1960s pop rockers (millennial me got an education). What we do all know is t

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