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November Spawned a Monster and V.D.

The 2014 season at The Old Fitzroy is heating up in the lead-up to summer with fantastic one-man shows of love, humour and friendship. Actress Eliza St John commands the stage in the hilarious and honest production of V.D., a show that explores 35-year-old Sophie’s journey of love, enlightenment, self-discovery and a love of gin. “It’s […]

Four Dogs and a Bone

How far would you really go to get what you want? Four characters ponder this through the sharp, punchy and witty Four Dogs and a Bone. Premiering at Woolloomooloo’s Old Fitzroy Theatre, Four Dogs is the highly acclaimed comedy from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Patrick Shanley. The play is a mockery of the movie-making business, following four […]

The God of Hell

Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell was written in 2004, and was very much a product of its time but, as actor and producer Jake Lyall points out, in Australia’s current political climate, it seems to be more topical than ever. “It [was] Sheperd’s take on the Bush administration coming into power and that pro-American […]

Review – Joan, Again

Set in a provincial French village 1441, simple illiterate peasant women converse about religion, witch burning, and married life while exploring their daily plight in an oppressive religious and superstitious society. Enter Joan of Arc, played by the perfectly cast elfin actress Sylvia Keays, back 10 years after her infamous burning at the stake. Is […]

Cheap theatre tickets: who really pays?

With its sky-high rents and inflated living costs, Sydney is considered to be one of the world’s most expensive cities. Twenty dollars doesn’t go very far: a packet of cigarettes, a taxi fare, maybe a bottle of wine. Sydney’s budget-conscious theatre buffs, however, are in luck. Twenty dollars will secure a seat at some of […]

Review – Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)

Julie Baz directs the energetic David Jeffrey in the one-man stream of consciousness monologue that is Thom Pain (based on nothing). Exploring existential ennui and the inner turmoil of the everyman, this tedious one-act play pays an unoriginal homage to Beckettian humour. Will Eno’s use of language is at times clever and richly vivid. It […]

Review – The Mercy Seat

Ben should have been working at The World Trade Centre when it was attacked; instead he was visiting his mistress Abby (who’s also his boss). His presumed death offers a perfect alibi to start a new life with her. The ensuing action takes place on September 12, 2001. You can’t help but be impressed with […]

Review – Brad Checked In

Brad Checked In explores love and failed relationships in the age of Facebook. Middle-aged protagonist Brad is recently estranged from wife Maggie and decides to get back in the dating game via the internet. The premise has potential to be relatable as there are lots of people in this exact situation. The internet is full […]

Review – Scenes From An Execution

After victory over the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto (1571), the Venetians commission a  glorious, celebratory work but Galactia - a fictional artist and feminist before her time - is intent on showing the brutal reality. The formidable Glenda Jackson played the original Galactia, but Old Fitzroy’s very spirited Lucy Miller rises to […]

Review – Lies, Love and Hitler

University professor Dr. Paul Langley believes he may be going mad, attributing this to frequent visions of the late Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Elizabeth Avery Scott’s Lies, Love and Hitler has taken residence at The Old Fitzroy Theatre’s uniquely intimate venue. The space works well with the clever concept weaved by Scott. Lies, Love and Hitler was […]