THEATRE REVIEW: SWEENEY TODD

  It was opening night AKA Thursday the 13th, but it should have been Friday the 13th in more ways than one. Sweeney Todd is the deliciously-dark and murderous musical about a demonic barber. This latest production has some fabulous ingredients, with big stars embracing a Stephen Sondheim score. But while this show had some…

THEATRE REVIEW: WEST SIDE STORY HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

  It was Wet Side Story at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour on Friday night. Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway classic was an emotionally-charged and important affair. It may have been over 60 years since this musical first premiered in the States, but its themes and feel remain as fresh and resonant as ever. This production is the first musical to…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE CARETAKER

  The Caretaker focuses on three men in their natural habitat. The renowned, Harold Pinter play is a character-driven one that explores the relationship between a homeless man and two brothers. The story is a dense, dialogue-driven piece that unfolds within the confines of a West London flat. Some viewers may enjoy its clever lines, but others may…

THEATRE REVIEW: GLASS ONION @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The walrus was Paul, Clapton was God and Lennon is Legend. John Waters knows this because he’s had a lot of practice. Playing the tribute show, Lennon: Glass Onion since 1992, he sure knows how to live and breathe John Lennon. Oh, and that’s along with a little help from a friend called, Stewart D’Arrietta. The late John Lennon wrote hundreds of…

THEATRE REVIEW: PETER PAN GOES WRONG

  Most professional theatre shows are polished, well-oiled machines. But what happens when things go haywire? Indeed, can many wrongs make a right? The comedic play, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, certainly knows about this because they make things so much fun with their heady mix of professional unprofessionalism. This farce is written by the same team…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES @ LANE COVE

  The Female of the Species feels like a strange beast. Writer, Joanna Murray-Smith set out to write a serious piece of biting feminist commentary but somewhere along the way this transmogrified into a modern farce. The result is a how that at times encourages debate on some important topics while also poking light-hearted fun at other…

THEATRE REVIEW: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

  A weather report can be a clichéd way to open a review. But when it’s opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar and it has rained to biblical proportions, what do you do? You can sing, “Christ you know it ain’t easy” or tell people that Parramatta has been turned into a scene from Noah’s ark, even…

THEATRE REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS

  They say you should write about what you know. You get the sense that Lin-Manuel Miranda did just that with In The Heights. This musical is the first one that the Hamilton creator ever wrote. It’s also a love letter to his loud and proud Puerto Rican heritage and the colourful people from his neighbourhood, Washington Heights. This borough in…

THEATRE REVIEW: CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  It didn’t matter if you were six, one hundred and six, or somewhere in between. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory made us all act like little kids in a candy shop. This was a joyous musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl book and one that successfully straddles the lines between lightness and darkness. It also looks poised…