Reviews

Here are the latest reviews of plays, music, festivals, art, museums – you name it. But mainly, it is our reviews of the Adelaide Fringe. Enjoy.

Hamlet in the other room

Hamlet in the other room

"For anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature," thus wrote Shakespeare in Hamlet. And, thus, Good Company Theatre has obeyed that counsel in its production of...

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Humble Boy

Humble Boy

To be or not to be a comedy? That is the question posed by Humble Boy. This play, written by Charlotte Jones, opened last night as the latest production by the Adelaide Repertory Theatre. The play (almost a play within a play) loosely follows the storyline of Hamlet...

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How not to make it in America

How not to make it in America

In How not to make it in America, young, Australian, would-be actor, Matt (James Smith), tells the stories and shares the memories of his time in New York circa 2001, in which he was trying to get a break in the acting world amid the backdrop of the November 11...

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Eureka Day

Eureka Day

With Eureka Day billed as the "hottest new comedy sensation coming out of New York", the bar was set high by the State Theatre Company of SA's publicists. Happily, the bar was not only cleared but cleared by some distance, thanks to a genius collection of characters...

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The Barber Of Seville

The Barber Of Seville

State Opera of South Australia has staged a vibrantly colourful production of The Barber Of Seville and it's dazzlingly vivid in many ways, from the musical performance to the singing, and from set and costume design to lighting design. In a world of grey where muted...

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Zola

Zola

In the moments after this film ended, this is the review I wanted to write: Zola is a snuff film in which hope and humanity are killed during acts of sex. Far from being a "comedy", this is a disturbing film about the raw, abusive power differentials that cascade...

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Chicago – A Musical Vaudeville

Chicago – A Musical Vaudeville

The South Coast Choral And Arts Society's sold out production of Chicago, deserves to have had theatre goers clamouring for tickets because it delivers a sublime dose of razzle dazzle. Director, Jonathan Ogilvie, has consciously chosen to blend elements from the...

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Emily

Emily

Set in the 1980s, Emily is the story of, well, Emily (Jess Carroll), a young woman who is a successful trader in the family's Wall Street company but who is also plagued by fears of being trapped; in career, in love, in life. Stephen Metcalfe's comedy drama is given...

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According To Rumour

According To Rumour

Tea Tree Players has delivered another serving of farce with Robert Scott's According To Rumour. This play centres around a bag of money, lots of money, that seems to have appeared in Carter's apartment during a spontaneous and drunken party that had taken place the...

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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

"When you die, you're gonna regret the things that you don't do," and one of those things will be not seeing this production of Glengarry Glen Ross. In a constrained and then expansive Bakehouse Theatre, four desperate, brash, scared characters buzz and crash and yell...

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Good People

Good People

Do you consider yourself "good people"? That really is the underlying theme and question of this latest production by the Adelaide Repertory Theatre of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People. Set in Boston, the play centres on the character of Margaret (Rachel Burfield),...

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Roleplay

Roleplay

In the midst of a chilly winter, a delightfully hilarious play has fallen from the comedy heavens into the laps of audiences at the Tea Tree Players Theatre. Robert Andrews has directed a well-paced production of Alan Ayckbourn's Roleplay in which a couple, Julie-Ann...

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