THEATRE REVIEW: (Jobready, 2017)

Navigating the job market can feel like you’re trudging through a cycle that becomes both tragic and absurd. To put it plainly, it’s a complete joke. Writer Caitlin Doyle-Markwick gets it to an extent; her new work, Jobready, is a series of superficial comic sketches that tackle the struggles of employment. Matte (played by Matte Rochford) is educated and competent, but even he can’t seem … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: (Jobready, 2017)

Hayes Theatre Co’s ASSASSINS is a whirlwind of fairground nostalgia (2017)

Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins stirred up controversy at the time of its inception in 1991. With a book by John Weidman, it centres around the assassins who killed presidents of the United States – no doubt a contentious subject. But through a chorus of voices, it marks a questioning of the disillusionment associated with patriotic idealism; the flaws in a system that elevates individual rights. So … Continue reading Hayes Theatre Co’s ASSASSINS is a whirlwind of fairground nostalgia (2017)

NT Live: Angels in America Part 1 & 2 – A transforming display of wit and humanity

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America has been renowned in the contemporary theatre canon for its boldness, fantastical premise and social relevance. The UK National Theatre’s most recent production, directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) marked my first exposure to this magnificent scale of a play – and I was utterly gobsmacked by its concoction of realism with fantasy … Continue reading NT Live: Angels in America Part 1 & 2 – A transforming display of wit and humanity

Sydney Theatre Company’s rollicking CLOUD NINE subverts stereotypes

With fast-biting dialogue and quasi-slapstick humour, Sydney Theatre Company’s revival of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine is full of kinetic energy, 38 years after its premiere. A satirical portrait of colonial Africa that shows how Western values stifle authentic expression, director Kip Williams invigorates his production’s contrasting two-act movement with radical, vibrant humour that presents a sharp challenge to heteronormative ideas of femininity. Cloud Nine opens … Continue reading Sydney Theatre Company’s rollicking CLOUD NINE subverts stereotypes

THEATRE REVIEW: The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre, 2017)

This review was originally published on AussieTheatre.com.au A need for strong female representation arrives at the forefront of today’s entertainment context; to pursue well-rounded characters, and not reduce them to plot tools (the Bechdel Test is an example of how character tests are frequently applied to films/TV shows). It is a real testament to Dorothy Hewett’s 1972 play, The Chapel Perilous – with its sexually-liberal … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre, 2017)

THEATRE REVIEW: Big Fish (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

Musicals that pull on your heart-strings are not an easy find, but the Hayes production of Big Fish – a modified 12-chair version of the 2013 Broadway musical – proves that imaginative but humble stagings can ignite the magic of storytelling equally, if not better than the often rife efforts of a full-blown spectacle. Based on 1988 novel by Daniel Wallace (also adapted on screen … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Big Fish (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

THEATRE REVIEW: Cabaret (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

“Life is a cabaret, old chum!” It’s one of the most recognisable lines in the history of musical theatre. Even the title, Cabaret, rings a bell to those unfamiliar with musicals. Opening on Broadway in 1966, the musical became a cultural sensation, captured forever in the 1972 film adaptation starring Liza Minnelli. It was further invigorated by Sam Mendes’ Donmar production in 1993, which cemented … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Cabaret (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

THEATRE REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew (Montague Basement, 2016)

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is easily subject to criticism about its misogyny and therefore its relevance in contemporary society. Montague Basement’s production, however, is a fresh interpretation that revitalises its outdated predecessor, forefronting victims of domestic violence and transporting Shakespeare’s comedic play to a dramatic platform. Staged initially on a blank stage with black curtains draped on the wings, director Caitlin West has … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew (Montague Basement, 2016)

THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers the Musical (Sydney Opera House, 2016)

Heathers: The Musical features a great score and talented cast but the flashy direction falters, making it too often vapid. “Freak, slut, loser, short bus,” sing the majority of teens in the opening number of Heathers: The Musical, a sharp dark comedy about the effects of teen bullying, suicide, and violence — set to a rock-pop score. Based on Michael Lehmann’s 1988 film, Heathers: The … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers the Musical (Sydney Opera House, 2016)

THEATRE REVIEW: Defying Gravity – The Songs of Stephen Schwartz (2016)

When the announcement of the Defying Gravity Concert was publicised, it was hardly a surprise that my entire Twitter and Facebook feeds leapt up in complete excitement. It’s an event that personally, I’ve wished for years. Both Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster have been two Broadway figures I have long admired and admittedly fangirled over – I’ve followed Aaron’s career from his good old Next … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Defying Gravity – The Songs of Stephen Schwartz (2016)