On a cold Wednesday night in Melbourne a small selection of ‘in the know’ theatre goers headed down to La Mama Theatre in Carlton, Melbourne for the opening night of esteemed Norwegian play Night Sings Its Songs. Patrons mingled in the outside courtyard, anticipation growing with every passing moment, wondering just what they were in store for! The time finally arrived, the door swung open, and we stepped into looming darkness.... Read More | Share it now!
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, arguably the most famous name in English literature. Ready to usher in this literary milestone, the University of Queensland has put together an impressive line-up of events. These include public lectures, symposiums, film screenings, and of course, theatrical performances, all aimed at celebrating the incredible oeuvre of a glove-maker’s son.... Read More | Share it now!
Legendary production, The Glass Menagerie by Tenessee Williams hits the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne after a successful season in Sydney. Described as a ‘memory play’ by Williams herself, Eamon Flack’s production of The Glass Menagerie proves to be an intelligent, entertaining and passionate performance. His production won the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Play and has received an impressive five star rating. ... Read More | Share it now!
Award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q will be making a return to Australia, hiting the stage at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre for a strictly limited season from 3rd August of this year. The hilarious longtime running musical directed by Peter J Snee takes audiences on a journey into the world of vulgar and down-right outrageous puppets rubbing shoulders with humans, a story which has helped the production win the coveted Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book... Read More | Share it now!
Set in the Chicago 1950s The Detective’s Handbook follows Frank Thompson and his young partner Jimmy Hartmann as they investigate the murder of two policemen. Rob Johnson plays Hartmann, a new recruit determined to do it “by the book” who clashes hilariously with the world-weary Thompson.... Read More | Share it now!
After receiving a huge amount of support for its premier season in Sydney in 2015, Gail Louw’s one woman play Blonde Poison is heading to Melbourne for a strictly limited time in June. Starring previous Best Actress Nominee at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards, Belinda Giblin transforms into a character of strength and vast dimensions, delivering a performance that revolves around themes of beauty, treachery and the high price of survival.... Read More | Share it now!
In her play Savages, currently showing at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst, Patricia Cornelius brings us face to face with a segment of society that is all too familiar these days – the violent man. Inspired by the death of Diane Brimble aboard a cruise ship in 2002, Cornelius takes a look at what drives men to behave in a way that most would consider socially unacceptable. The AU Review sat down with one of the actors grappling with this dilemma, Josef Ber (pictured above right with Troy Harrison), to get his take on what it’s like to play an unlikeable character…... Read More | Share it now!
As the curtain opens you would be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into the wrong theatre. On stage we see Sherlock Holmes concluding a murder investigation and catching his killer – but how can that be when we are only three minutes in? Here, at the start of the Pavilion Theatre’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays, we have the classic ‘a play within a play’ technique. The protagonist, William Gillette (Jason Spindlow) is starring in his own play based on the Sherlock Holmes novels, and as he and the rest of the cast take their bows a shot rings out and he collapses. Fear not, he is perfectly fine, merely a flesh wound but as he recuperates in his mansion which he currently shares with his mother Martha (Elizabeth Gilbert) he is determined to embody the character he so artfully depicted and solve his own attempted murder.... Read More | Share it now!