Apr
30
2013

Blow CD

Empathy (Blow) Ted Vining won’t die wondering what may have happened had he really applied himself. I remember gigs that were cruising along rather politely, when suddenly the Melbourne drummer/band-leader detonated massive drum/cymbal explosions that turbocharged the rest of the performance. Now in his 70s he continues to energise his every project, including Blow. He […]

Apr
27
2013

A Clockwork Orange

York Theatre, April 24, 2013 Appalled by Stanley Kubrick’s graphic film version Anthony Burgess belatedly adapted his novel A Clockwork Orange himself, but for the stage, complete with songs. This stunning production by Britain’s Action To The Word company dispenses with Burgess’s music, but otherwise stays true to a text that hugs the novel’s intent, […]

Apr
26
2013

Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

City Recital Hall, April 23 It is no coincidence that the twentieth century’s two decades of greatest creative eruption, the 1920s and 1960s, were also its most decadent. Art and decadence are candid about their affair. Only wowsers think it illicit. Or wowsers and Nazis. During the Weimar Republic’s 14 years war-spawned nihilism soon careened […]