Review from the Archives: The Feather in the Web

If The Feather in the Web is one thing – it’s audacious. Like his protagonist, a woman who does whatever she wants and is afraid of nothing, Nick Coyle’s bold new play has a fearlessness that is perfect for the Griffin Theatre Company stage. Kimberley, played by Claire Lovering, is a like a bowling ball,…

Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Six trembling pre-teens take the stage for the competition they have prepared for their whole lives. It’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the stakes (and nerves) are high for these academically inclined youngsters. The UNSW Theatre Society’s 2019 major production, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, written by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn, is…

Macbeth: Impressive Cast Delivers Devastating Tragedy With A Twist

The beauty of Shakespeare’s plays lies in their flexibility and creative potential. Written over four hundred years ago, the Bard’s thirty-seven comedies and tragedies have inspired film, theatre, musicals, television and more. It is remarkable to consider the infinite directorial possibilities that these plays hold. This week in Sydney alone, two different theatre companies stage…

Review from the Archives: NUTS presents Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi

All-female plays aren’t very common. In fact, statistically, women in the Arts aren’t that common. The ratio of women to men in the performing arts is around 3:10, and women make up only 7% of the top directors in Hollywood. That’s what makes the New South Wales University Theatrical Society’s (NUTS’) latest production so important. Written by…

Review: Infidelity and Enlightenment by the UNSW Theatre Society

We all know how it goes – you put a dysfunctional group of family and friends in a room until they all tell their life story, fight, hate each other, and then eventually resolve their problems. It’s a common play type, and NUTS’ latest show Infidelity and Enlightenment nails the style, with influences Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, August:…

Measure for Measure – Sydney Festival

This show was performed as part of the Sydney Festival on the 8th of January 2017. This review was originally posted on AussieTheatre.com For some, seeing Shakespeare in English is complicated enough. For the crowd that packed into the Roslyn Packer theatre on Sunday night to see Cheek by Jowl and Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre perform…

The Shadow Box – The Old Fitz Theatre

This show previewed at The Old Fitz Theatre on the 16th of November 2016. A terminal illness is an interesting beast. It is undeniably tragic for family and friends to witness a loved one wither away. Yet, its discovery, some argue, brings new perspective to our  precious remaining time. The Shadow Box, in a new…

Barbu Review- Sydney Opera House

This show was on at the Sydney Opera House Studio on the 9th of February 2017. If you were to accidentally walk into the Sydney Opera House Studio any night this month, you may be alarmed at what you find. If you are a seasoned theatre-goer looking for some Shakespeare or Chekhov, you will be looking…

Review: Jasper Jones – Belvoir Return Season

We go to the theatre for the stories. We go to practise empathy and experience the lives of people whose stories are both similar and different to our own. Theatre’s mainstream sibling, cinema, is often saturated by Hollywood films, so, we rely on theatre to tell the local Australian stories that don’t find voices elsewhere….

Belvoir’s Prize Fighter Explosive and Compelling: Theatre Review

Belvoir’s first main stage production, Prize Fighter, is a violent, explosive and utterly watchable work of theatre. The show starts with a bang, as two sweaty actors in a boxing ring begin pummelling each other with their fists in the ring. The fight director, Nigel Poulton, has pulled out all stops to make such fights…

The Screwtape Letters review- AussieTheatre.com

This article was originally posted on AussieTheatre.com at http://aussietheatre.com.au/reviews/screwtape-letters-canberra-theatre-centre  There are many ways that Hell could be represented on stage. Walking into The Courtyard Studio of the Canberra Theatre Centre to find an office straight out of a Sherlock Holmes novel was, needless to say, not what I expected. This austere academic venue is wallpapered by…