Review: The One at Ensemble Theatre

The One, by Vanessa Bates, doesn’t know what kind of story it wants to be. Directed by Darren Yap, the latest Australian play at the Ensemble Theatre, struggles with muddled storytelling and tonal dissonance. Marketed as an upbeat family comedy, The One is not as funny as it thinks it is. However, it’s also not…

Bittersweet youthful love examined in Ensemble’s adaption of classic tale

Ensemble Theatre’s adaption of the story turned film, Ladies in Lavender, provides a slow and somewhat touching story of two elderly spinster sisters who rescue a half drowned polish Violin player from the shore outside their house in pre WW2 England. Although a fine story, the plot was simple and predictable, thus what may have…