Category: Theatre Reviews – Archive

February 23, 2020 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Playhouse, February 11 9.5/10 Since the First Fleet spewed out its cargo of cons and screws, Australian men have often enjoyed playing brutes in a brutish land. That’s the awful truth that lay behind Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel Wake in Fright. Those who would deny it could ponder the fact…

February 8, 2020 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Hayes Theatre, January 22 2.5/10 Why do people sing in musicals? Since the art-form began to achieve some sophistication with Show Boat (1927), the answer, beyond pure entertainment, has lain with plot and, primarily, character. When expressing inner thoughts, for instance, a character can sing lines that would sound lame…

February 3, 2020 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Old Fitz Theatre, January 21 7.5/10 Given that corruption is now a fully legitimate tool in the democratic process (if it wasn’t always), perhaps we should look at legalising other previously reviled behavioural forms. What about such low acts as cutting other people’s kite-strings, or obliging actors to eat broken…