Reviews

Here are the latest reviews of plays, music, festivals, art, museums – you name it. This section is kicking off with our reviews of Adelaide Fringe 2017 productions. Enjoy.

Duncan M. Turner – The Ends Is Nigh

Well, now that we have the show title correct we can move onto the rest of the performance. With some improv HipHop we were straight into it with humorous observations of life as a receptionist for a school of sciences and the stories of the strange callers he...

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Red Dress and the Sugar Man: Pure Waits

Let's deal with formalities first. South Australia, if you enjoy the music and poetry of Tom Waits, consider it rude NOT to buy some of the last tickets to experience Red Dress and the Sugar Man at the Adelaide Fringe. This is not a tribute show, this is an immersion...

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Fabien Clark

Don’t mistake his looks, which are due to poor hygiene, for spirituality. However as a mode of transport through the journey of men’s feelings (don’t worry, this bit doesn’t last long) his empathy with the male train wreck of life indeed shines through. A compelling...

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The Ends Is Nigh

What should we expect when seeing a show entitled, The Ends Is Nigh? I was expecting a rollicking critique of all the various doomsayers throughout history, broken down one by one and revealed as misguided delusionists or masterful control freaks. Instead, we got a...

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Frehd the Clown: Stripped Bare

Yeah…didn’t really read the full name of the show, nor check the rating. Which was a pleasant surprise but that comes later. Frehd was our clown for the night. Our own personal clown, slowly revealing herself. Starting at the beginning, which is always a good place to...

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Stranger

Matt Brandwood, another Adelaidean magician with only 6 years under his belt quickly got into the flow of things with a quick hidden card selection via knife trick and was soon into the thick of it. His show cracks along at a good pace and he works the audience well,...

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39 Forever – The minority report

How fitting that during International Women's Day celebrations, I happened to find myself at Amity Dry's comedy cabaret, 39 Forever. This review is the minority report of this production because I was one of five men in the 100+ audience of women. In an ironic twist,...

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Matt Tarrant: Honestly Dishonest

Another fantastic mentalism show by Adelaidian Matt Tarrant. With a style and charm in character with the best magicians, Matt puts on a very slick and well produced entertaining show. Inspired by René Lavand of the close up famous magician stable, Matt and his able...

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Scientology: The Musical

I think I need "clearing" after watching Scientology: The Musical. It's fair to say that either I missed the point or I entered the third level of enlightenment and lost my mind, as L. Ron Hubbard warned. I have reviewed many shows in my life and been in many, but...

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Patrick Carl – Radicarlised

There's a good person in there, truly, there is. It's just that Patrick Carl has to exorcise a LOT of profane demons to get down to his genius. None of that previous sentence was meant as a criticism. Rather, it sums up the journey of the hour that is known as Patrick...

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Auslusion: Damfino

Did we see magic or illusion in this show? There is a lot to like about Jason Wonders and Scott Stunz. They combine a boy-next-door, funny uncle persona with that of confidence tricksters; the sort of people around whom you need to keep your eyes open ALL the time!...

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Is It News Tally

Is It News scores for 2017, episodes 177 - 187:

Nigel: 8
Steve: 2

Is It News scores for 2017, from episode 185:

Andrew Reimer: 4
Steve Davis: 2

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