PINOCCHIO, Drama Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House present Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia production, 11 April-4 May 2014. Directed and created by Rosemary Myers with writer Julianne O’Brien. Based on the books by Carlo Collodi.
REVIEWED BY FELICITY DAYHEW (AGE 10)
Pinocchio is an intense, yet moving, performance, with great costumes and an amazing set. The set is very cleverly made. There is always a tree in the background and they use it for projections. Even when they are miles away from the closest tree, they always have it cleverly disguised as something else.
The main characters are: Pinocchio, the fun loving wooden boy who dreams of being real (Nathan O'Keefe). Gepetto, the old man who loves carving toys and who just wants company (Alirio Zavarice). Stromboli, the evil, greedy man who wants fame, money and has a cruel heart (Paul Capsis). Kitty-poo, an attention loving cat who becomes friends with Pinocchio (Jude Henshall). Foxy, a grooving fox who, being friends with Kitty-poo, becomes friends with Pinocchio too (Luke Joslin). And finally Blue girl, the happy little girl who can’t remember who she is (Danielle Catanzariti).
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, Global Creatues at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, April 12 2104. Photography by James Morgan: above – James Lacey and Phoebe Panaretas; right – the company.
BY BRYCE HALLETT
The story of Strictly Ballroom’s journey from stage to screen – and back to the stage, this time as a fully-fledged musical - echoes the film’s David and Goliath and Cinderella themes, and its spirit of creative freedom and indomitable passion. From humble beginnings, Strictly Ballroom, with its glitzy theatricality, bold characters, layers of fantasy and heart-warming tone, justly became the stuff of legend.
PERPLEX, Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 1, 31 March - 3 May 2014. Photography by Lisa Tomasetti. Above: Tim Walter, Andrea Demetriades, Glenn Hazeldine and Rebecca Massey. Right: Tim Walter and Andrea Demetriades.
BY POLLY SIMONS
Elk costumes. Vikings. Volcanoes. Severed heads. Expect the unexpected is a phrase that springs to mind when describing Marius von Mayenburg’s play Perplex.
Music - Griffin Independent and Stories Like These at SBW Stables Theatre, April 4 - 26 Photography by Kurt Sneddon main Anthony Gee; right: Anthony Gee and Kate Skinner
BY WHITNEY FITZSIMMONS
Music is writer Jane Bodie's second Griffin offering and by all accounts it's a worthy effort. However, it pales in comparison to her 2011 Griffin production This Year's Ashes, which was a wonderful, slick and contemporary new Australian work.
THE GIGLI CONCERT, Darlinghurst Theatre and O'Punsky's Theatre at The Eternity Playhouse, 4 April - 4 May Photography by Wendy McDougall. Above: Maeliosa Stafford and Patrick Dickson; right: Patrick Dickson and Kim Lewis
BY WHITNEY FITZSIMMONS
Of all the existential questions posed by this production the one that resonated the most was, "Can O'Punksy's The Gigli Concert survive without actor Patrick Dickson?" Dickson's performance as the worn, shell of a man JPW King who still has enough zest for life left in him to eke out an existence is such a touching tour de force...
This show is really intense!
Pure showbiz and totally Luhrmann
Expect the unexpected.
A noble look at mental illness.
Existentialism, opera and Irish whiskey!
BAD NEWS FROM THE RIALTO
Today's forecast: not good and will get worse.
DARK DESCENDS ON THEATRE ROYAL
Sydney theatre supply hits the wall
STAGENOISE ON THE HIGH SEAS
Blessed silence for two weeks.
THE RISE AND RISE OF KING KONG
Broadway beckons. Spiderman watch out!
NEXT TO NORMAL: GONE
Why can't the producers get it right?
April 21 - 26 (NSW)
Barbie Live! The Musical
April 25 - 26 (WA)
26 April (VIC)
27 April (NSW)
30 April – 10 May 2014 (VIC)
Private Practice of the Public Artist
April 30 - March 25 (NSW)
May 2-10 (NSW)
Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography by Declan Greene
May 2 - 14 June ()