Author Archives

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

This film is probably deeply nostalgic for several generations of Americans. It’s based on the host of an extremely popular children’s television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001. Tom Hanks plays the impossibly affable Fred Rogers during the latter part of his career. He’s fragile, very slow and deliberate in speech, […]

REVIEW: The Ladykillers

The Genesian Theatre delivers yet another delightful vintage styled comedy crime thriller. The Ladykillers was written by Irish comedian Graham Linehan who also co-created Father Ted, Black Books, and The IT Crowd. It has the same absurd, character based humour as those popular comedy series. Five hapless criminals, led by the wily Professor Marcus (Marty […]

REVIEW: Carmen

Arguably one of the most popular operas in any repertoire, Bizet’s Carmen is an easy pleaser due to its hit after hit collection of familiar tunes and its easy to follow storyline. But, because of this, in the wrong hands it can suffer the banality of cliches and same ol’ same ol’ design. Not this […]

REVIEW: Black Cockatoo

Geoffrey Atherden has a great ear for dialogue and an ability to tell a story that extends beyond the written page. Black Cockatoo recounts the little known history of an Aboriginal Australian cricket team, put together by a wily white manager, Charles Lawrence (Colin Smith), who took them on tour through England in the 1860s. […]

Shades Of Light

Sam Cosentino describes his new play, Shades Of Light, as “a combination of naturalistic and humanistic theatre and film.”   “I scripted it as a short story probably about three years ago, and then I wanted it to grow organically and flesh it out through actors,” he explains.  The writer/director draws from a well of eclectic […]

Six – The Musical

Talk about revisionist history, Six - The Musical takes the story of Henry VIII’s six wives and turns it on its head (okay, poor choice of words). “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived” is how Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr respectively introduce themselves. It’s a quirky […]

Little Women

It’s one of the most ubiquitous 19th-century novels and has been adapted for the screen dozens of times, so any attempt to say something new with the story will naturally attract close scrutiny - especially if that attempt is being made by someone as respected as Greta Gerwig. It’s definitely a lush film. There’s a lot […]

Cats

The stage musical is one of the longest-running and most successful shows ever created, so there has been a lot of apprehension about Tom Hooper’s lush, star-packed movie version of Cats. Well, it certainly is  a sensory-rich, enveloping cinematic experience. The lyrics in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical are based on poems in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s […]

Cirque Stratosphere

The visionary minds that produced Circus 1903 and The Illusionists are bringing a new spectacular show to the Sydney Opera House. Cirque Stratosphere represents an evolution of traditional circus, catapulting it into the future. In an immersive, cosmic universe, a selection of the world’s greatest acrobats and gymnasts will defy gravity and challenge notions of […]

Jojo Rabbit

There’s grandiose audacity in Taika Waititi even considering making a comedy based on Nazism and he certainly goes full-throttle with his signature brand of humour. This film will definitely divide people, not least because of the subject matter. In short, Johannes “Jojo”  Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is a 10-year-old boy in the Hitler youth who […]