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REVIEW: Hamilton

The Australian production of Hamilton has been presented with a very unique opportunity, as one of the only major live theatre productions occurring in the world, and if it could speak it would most certainly say "I'm not throwing away my shot!" This version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's instant classic takes all of the elements that […]

REVIEW: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Hit British television comedy series Fawlty Towers was something of a jewel when it premiered in the mid-1970s and is still watched by new generations of ardent viewers all around the world. The show centered on Basil Fawlty, owner of the fictional British hotel Fawlty Towers, his wife Sybil who managed the hotel, chambermaid Polly, […]

REVIEW: Diva Degustation

It’s a starry, starry night at The Ensemble Theatre as Trevor Ashely, Australia’s favourite drag artist, returns to the stage in Diva Degustation, his latest cabaret production which will not only entertain, but tantalise audiences with his deliciously naughty, flamboyant, and spicy impersonations of famous divas. The question that should be asked is not what’s […]

REVIEW: Magic Mike Live

Imagine this, two best friends of 15 years, 200+ screaming toey women, and about 30 men in a crowd watching a sweaty, ab popping reincarnation of Magic Mike! As a dancer off 25 years I spectical on the quality of dancing! Let me tell you I was blown away! Choreographed by the gorgeous and talented […]

REVIEW: Fangirls

Judging by the audience reaction, Yve Blake’s revision of Fangirls is going to be another big hit. The story of three school-age friends who all fall in love with a boyband idol is not for everyone above the age of, say, 40 years old. The first half is full on, with intensely loud music, blurred […]

REVIEW: Ernani

It is not surprising that Verdi’s fifth opera, Ernani, is rarely produced and that this is its first visit to Opera Australia. The tortured story of the love quadrangle is one of the silliest librettos produced by Verdi’s librettist Francesco Maria Piave, but despite this, Verdi’s glorious music and the splendid performers of this production […]

REVIEW: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has previously produced works such as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and the experience can be outright hilarious. The combination of irreverent slapstick and adherence to the original language is a wonderful way to make the Bard more accessible. The Genesian Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged), also from The […]

REVIEW: The Picture Of Dorian Gray

With the help of advanced video technology, Kip Williams has given Sydney audiences a masterpiece of modern storytelling, signalling the way forward for future stage productions. Video screens allow solo performer Eryn Jean Norvill to narrate the story and play all 26 characters in Oscar Wilde’s fable of vanity and moral reckoning. It’s hard to […]

REVIEW: Pippin

As Sydney's theatres slowly emerge from their COVID induced slumber there was perhaps no better elixir to bring life back into the scene than the flashy, magical affair that is Stephen Schwartz's Tony Award winning musical, Pippin. Telling the story of a young man, the titular Pippin, at a cross roads in his life the […]

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock

On St Valentine’s Day 1900, a party of schoolgirls set out to picnic at Hanging Rock... some were never to return. That’s the synopsis of the classic Australian novel written by Joan Lindsay which was produced into a successful film and more recently as a television series. The theatrical production, which was adapted by Tom […]