Browsing: Performing Arts Reviews

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The Keith Theatre Group Inc. took on the comedic superhero genre for their annual production, this year entitled Man of Steel.

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This show is as close as theatre comes to being a blood sport. Six new one-act plays are presented in Cornerstone College’s Atelier Theatre in Mount Barker. On Friday night, six playwrights, six directors, and a selected bunch of brave actors meet at the theatre.  By a series of lucky draws, playwrights are paired with directors, actors are assigned to one of the six writer/director teams, and random topics allocated. The writers have until 6:00am Saturday morning (nine hours) to write their play and email it in. Directors get their scripts at 6:00am, and are back at the theatre an hour later to work with their allotted actors on the play until 8:00pm, when the curtain goes up and we see six new Australian one-act plays.

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Sophie is determined to have her father walk her down the isle but there’s three men who could be her father. She invites all three to her wedding without her mother’s knowledge, setting in motion a feel-good, comedy-romance set to the music of ABBA!

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The original film from 1967 is still well known. Based on the 1963 novel by Chares Webb, Mike Nichols film captured the 60s perfectly. The play by Terry Johnson attempts to recreate this story. Matt Byrne has brought us another new production, continuing his efforts to introduce fresh plays to Adelaide.

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The fantastical world of Dr Seuss comes to life as the Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and many other favourite stories and characters intertwine in a colourful musical for the whole family.

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Can-Can is a musical by Abe Burrows with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and tells the story of the showgirls of the Montmartre dance halls during the 1890s.

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In a portrayal of the classic Australian book, Picnic at Hanging Rock brings to life the mystery of the fateful day that saw three young girls and their teacher go missing in the rough Australian bush.

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This famous and enduring piece of French Theatre has lasted a very long time, the mark of a piece of well-crafted theatre. It hit the stage running on  10 February 1673 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris and has been leaving audiences out of breath ever since.

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Tongue in cheek representations of Hell and the classic Faustian deal abound in the Unseen Theatre Company’s latest Terry Pratchett adaptation, Eric.

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Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, based on the Greek legend, is a short, challenging piece, with an incomplete score. Composed in the 17th century, it is regarded as the oldest opera in English.

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The timeless, lovable and charismatic characters of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows are calling the Adelaide Botanic Gardens home for these school holidays; introducing people of all ages to the many wonders of the Riverbank and Toad Hall.

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Three characters take to the stage to recall their time travelling through the backwaters of Wales, England, Scotland, trying and sometimes succeeding to heal those that come their way; when they eventually end up in Ireland

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Quantum physics, geo-politics and teen rebellion crash headlong into one another in House of Sand’s Welcome the Bright World, an Umbrella production with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Stephen Sewell’s 1983 play traffics in big words; big themes; big emotions.

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In the beautiful setting of 1950’s Havana, a hapless British salesman is thrown into the foreign world of espionage during the corrupt Fulgencio Batista regime.

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Set in present-day New York, this show considers the questions that 38-year-old Elizabeth, a professional town planner,  has about her life and its future possibilities as she moves to New York City to start afresh. She’s looking for true love and a perfect job. The book of the musical extrapolates her “what if” thoughts by allowing her to follow two different pathways into her future, contingent on her choices.

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The Princes Players, for this production, consist of Prince Alfred College ‘Old Scholars’ (having graduated only last year), current PAC students from Year 5 all the way to Year 12, and girls from St Peter’s Girls’ School and Seymour College.

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Students Hassan and Chloe are put on detention—one has been suspected of stealing their teacher’s money, and it’s up to them to decide what the truth is. It’s a simple concept that speaks volumes, and opens up a world of potential in this new production from Windmill Theatre Company. Moving away from the pure fantasy of some of their previous fare, Amphibian is an inventive production that motors along on the energy and vitality of its cast.

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Sometimes its hard to separate the genius in an evening of work that has two actors supported by a director (David Mealor) not afraid to facilitate empathy from an audience, a designer (Kathryn Sproul) who is not afraid to allow the actors to be the focus supported by minimal, subtle and supportive surroundings and costumes.

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