Browsing: Performing Arts Reviews

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Rossini’s comic opera about a barber who is also a matchmaker maintains its popularity through the years and this production, back from touring interstate, is as fresh as any modern piece.

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With a book written by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger this musical was first produced in 1997. Based on the true story of conjoined twins (the Hilton Sisters) who were the toast of Vaudeville, the story had a lot of heart and is full of unusual leads, many of who are based on people who were called freaks

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Set in a dilapidated Victorian three-storey country house, reputedly a former bordello and said to be haunted by a deceased prostitute, Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Taking Steps’ follows six characters in the course of one hectic night and morning, with continual running up and down stairs and in and out of rooms.

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Northern Light Theatre Company’s latest production, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is quite simply their most delightful show since their production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast a number of years ago. 

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Three ladies having a girls’ night out, workmates who are there for various reasons, and at the next table a couple of blokes waiting for a mate to join them, such a typical scenario.

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This play, by Nick Dear from a famous story by Mary Shelley, was originally performed with a very distinguished cast by the National Theatre, London and received rave reviews.

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Private Peaceful, is adapted from the novel by Michael Murpurgo and through reminiscences tells the story of the life of a young WWI soldier, on the last night of his life.

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The beloved classic by L. Frank Baum has been given an exciting, vibrant new look in this London Palladium, Andrew Lloyd Webber production starring Lucy Durak, Jemma Rix and Anthony Warlow.

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The ever-popular Annie, based on Little Orphan Annie, has been shortened and lost some of its text to allow to be performed by a youth cast and in Pelican Productions recent effort at the Arts Theatre it worked rather well.

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Adelaide Youth Theatre enchants with their first production of 2018, Shrek the Musical. Directed by Thomas Phillips, the fairy-tale features two alternating casts with both adult and youth performers.

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On Friday 19 January, the star-studded walkway overlooking the River Torrens and connecting Adelaide Festival Centre venues was launched to the world, featuring more than 130 names.

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Over the past few years Pelican Productions have run, in January, what they call Music Theatre Camps. These occur over two weeks, with children and teens from 8 to 19 having intensive training and instruction from professionals and experts in the field of musical theatre, all culminating in a showcase at the end.

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A single, female, psychiatrist, has just returned home to her small house in Randall Canyon, in the Hollywood hills. She locks up behind her, as a psychopath is roaming the Canyon, not killing women, but rendering them lobotomized and paralyzed.

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