Reviews Archive

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Review: Dead Centre/ Sea Wall

Dead Centre/Sea Wall, two monologues from a collaboration between acclaimed Australian and British playwrights Tom Holloway and Simon Stephens, opened at the Old Fitz Theatre in Woolloomooloo on Thursday night. This world premier in Sydney is the result of another partnership between …
Review: Rupert, David Williamson

Review: Rupert, David Williamson

  If you’re going to see Rupert in the hope of participating in a fierce hate fest against a controlling power hungry megalomaniac, you’ll be disappointed. David Williamson’s latest play, a musical satirical narrative about the rise of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is surprisingly …
Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Powerful and passionate, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is back in Sydney for its second season entertaining audiences with its high-octane, obscenity-loaded exploration on love, fidelity and a mysterious hat. Written by American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Adam Cook, this black …
Review: The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You

Review: The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You

  The intimacy of the Stables is the perfect setting for this energetic, almost manic, play about adolescence and the emotional whirlwind involved in the getting of wisdom. Michael Cutrupi dominates the space as 16-year-old Connor, an angry young man whose rage has …
Review: Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Sydney

Review: Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Sydney

Strictly Ballroom, the iconic Aussie film from 1992, has returned to life at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. Acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann has approached his venture into musical theatre with all the colour and flamboyance we have come to expect in his films, but …
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Review: Henry 4

The unrepentant but charismatic reprobate Falstaff owns the stage in Bell Shakespeare’s latest work, Henry 4, now at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre until May 26. John Bell has always wanted to play Falstaff, and it shows. He throws himself into the role with evident …
Review: A Clockwork Orange

Review: A Clockwork Orange

I was very curious about how the extreme violence of A Clockwork Orange, the Anthony Burgess literary classic and the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, would work on stage. But the Action to the Word Les Currie production, directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, manages to convey the …
Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat

This intense drama is worth catching, as much for the strength of the Stephen Adly Guirgis script as for the capable performances if its five cast members. Under the direction of Adam Cook, all the actors shine in their pivotal scenes. Troy …