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September 22, 2019

5 Stars

Most people are familiar with the world of 'Broadway' and what that generally entails. Big theatres that host big lavish productions with large sets and all sorts of fandangle things that descend from the flies above. What may not be as familiar to a Melbourne audience is the world of Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, workshops and theatre festivals. This is primarily due to the fact that staging lesser kn...

August 16, 2019

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Melbourne review

July 23, 2019

4.5 Stars

"To the one's who've left. You're never truly gone. A candle's in the window. And a kettle's always on"

Penned by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away tells the story of nearly 7,000 travellers who were grounded in Gander, a small town in New Foundland, Canada, in the wake of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

It's a story about a side of the horrific terrorist events that not many people wou...

April 29, 2019

3 Stars

For nearly two decades, Red Stitch Theatre has been spearheading Australian ensemble theatre, showcasing an endless parade of new Australian and international plays and providing great support for emerging actors. Directed by David Myles, Wakey Wakey is the Australian premiere of Will Eno's latest play. A two person (though 95% monologue) exploration of the human condition and how in the face of our endi...

April 10, 2019

2 Stars

"Visionary character maverick (and registered blind guy) Tom Skelton gallops through the history of famous VIPs (Visually Impaired People). From Samson to Stevie Wonder, Tom tells their tales and the story of his own sight loss in a blindingly riotous show." - reads the Melbourne Comedy Festival Website.

The show begins with a strong opener. UK-born Skelton presents himself as a charismatic, cha...

March 31, 2019

5 Stars

When I was 19, I saw this film and I hated it. On Friday night I saw the musical adaptation of that same film, and I devoured every moment of it. Little Miss Sunshine might just be one of the most underrated pieces of modern musical theatre to date. Featuring an intricate and powerful book penned by theatrical veteran James Lapine and signature quirky score by William Finn, the Fab Nob's production of Li...

March 31, 2019

5 Stars

2019 Green Room Awards - Best Writing in a Cabaret - WINNER
2019 Green Room Awards - Best Ensemble in a Cabaret - NOMINATED

Pretty impressive accolades. 

The Aspie Hour has returned to Melbourne's fringe scene by popular demand. And within the first five minutes of the opening number, you will know exactly why.

Out of respect and admiration for this entire production and it's performers, here is m...

March 30, 2019

4.5 Stars

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of those plays that 'everybody knows' in the theater circles. It's kind of like what The Godfather or A Clockwork Orange is to the cinematic universe. Until last night, I had never seen any of the three aforementioned works ( I know, I know). I am delighted to now say that seminal list is down to two. And I am furthermore delighted to have been introduced Oscar Wi...

March 12, 2019

4.5 Stars

If you love grammar, laughter, Darwinism and ranting about all that is wrong in the world, this show is literally designed for you. People Suck – a song cycle that won a swag of awards at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival (including Best of the Fringe) had its audience in stitches on opening night, when the Australian cast burst onto the Butterfly Club stage to air out the many thoughts we all have – bu...

January 17, 2019

4 Stars

Melbourne in the Summer. A time for ice-cream, poolside chill-outs, complaining about the weather, and tennis.

For those of you who are tired of Tomic's tantrums and wishing for tennis "like it was in my day", comes a cabaret that is written for people exactly like you.

Newk! (The John Newcombe Story) takes it's audience on a journey through the highs and lows of tennis superstar John Newcombe's career. No...

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