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REVIEW: Animal Farm

It feels nearly painful to watch Saro Lusty-Cavallari’s thoughtful adaptation of Animal Farm and realise that the cautionary tale from 1945 is still so shockingly relevant. George Orwell, its author, who also wrote 1984, was prescient decades ago, and instead of fading, the metaphors employed in a barnyard revolt continue to echo. Lusty-Cavallari’s adaptation and direction […]

REVIEW: Avocado Smash

Avocado Smash, a dynamic musical trio, performed an exciting children's show at Riverside Theatres Parramatta as part of their annual Spot On Children’s Festival. There was also a digital show that streamed live as part of Riverside Theatres Digital program. The show proved to be the ideal school holidays event, putting a smile on every […]

REVIEW: The Credeaux Canvas

Keith Bunin’s play invites its audience into a small, paint-splattered New York apartment, home to Jamie, a disinherited son of a prominent art dealer and Winston, a master’s art student. Left penniless by his unloving father, Jamie connives a plan: convincing the wealthy art connoisseur Tess, a former client of his art dealer dad, into […]

REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes & The Death On Thor Bridge

The Genesian Theatre are pros at staging whodunnits and Sherlock Holmes & The Death On Thor Bridge, a world first adaptation, is no different. With a visually stunning set by master set designer Tom Bannerman, the stage is meticulously suited to the confines of the small Genesian stage. Superbly lit to evoke the interiors of the […]

REVIEW: Crunch Time

After an extremely successful career spanning 50 years playwright David Williamson has announced his retirement leaving audiences with his final theatrical production, an engaging story of family relationships. Veteran actor John Wood is Steve, a headstrong and insensitive father of two sons who “has won an incredibly unlucky lottery” and is dying of cancer. He […]

REVIEW: Our Blood Runs In The Street

Stories of brutal historical gay hate crimes perpetrated in Sydney in the closing decades of the 20th century, and their dismissal by law enforcement of NSW, are slowly trickling into mainstream media. Murders once put aside as muggings, suicides and misadventure are now being revisited via an ongoing parliamentary inquiry into those crimes. Directed by […]

REVIEW: No Pay? No Way!

Dario Fo was an acclaimed Italian playwright whose works have been translated and performed around the world in constant rotation. His plays referenced the medieval Italian street theatre known as commedia dell’arte - a kind of vaudevillian sketch comedy travelling troupe. The universal themes and relatable characters in his plays means they are readily adaptable; […]

REVIEW: Bard On The Beach’s Julius Caesar & All’s Well That Ends Well

Bard On The Beach presents two Shakespearean classics for the 2020 summer season of tales of love, betrayal, power and intrigue in All’s Well That Ends Well and Julius Caesar. The two plays, which are presented by the cast on different nights, can be experienced in multiple locations. Set underneath the stars in the Rotunda […]

REVIEW: The Spoils By Jesse Eisenberg

With his neurotic angst, his racist and sexist remarks, and the vicious streak of a bully, Ben dominates and even terrorises this small groups of New York friends. His flatmate Kalyan, played by Kabir Singh is a Nepalese student of Business Studies who desperately wants to remain in the Big Apple after the completion of […]

REVIEW: Pomona

Pomona is a small island in an industrial wasteland. It has canals on either side and one road in and out. There are remnants of concrete buildings littering the abandoned grounds of what was once a port. A labyrinth of catacomb-like rooms is secreted beneath the surface, accessible via a hatch. We don’t actually see […]