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.

An Evening with Zoë Coombs Marr

An Evening with Zoë Coombs Marr

An Evening with Zoë Coombs Marr is an ethereal experience. There are strands of stand up, strands of musical interaction, and, possibly, mystical strands of spooky symbolism interwoven together into a deliberately awkward mix of comedy and criticism. Zoë has an...

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Nobody Knows My Name

Nobody Knows My Name

Max Savage knows Adelaide and, more importantly, knows how to reflect her in poetry and song. Nobody Knows My Name was a local highlight of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival because, for one of the first times ever, Adelaide was the centre of a show that had universal...

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Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

To spend an evening with Gunhild Carling is to loll around on the back porch of the homestead of the music gods while their precocious, loveable daughter plays with her musical toys. Gunhild is a Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist who gives every ounce of...

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Megan Mullally and her band Nancy And Beth

Megan Mullally and her band Nancy And Beth

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has not only witnessed the first band to ever perform a song about a chair but it has also enjoyed some delightfully playful and utterly professional singing and choreography at the Australian premiere of Nancy And Beth. Megan Mullally...

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Unsung

Unsung

Two women walked into a bar ... Unsung is a celebrate born of ignorance and prejudice, in which Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan sing and tell the story of Australia's overlooked and underappreciated female singers of the 1960s. The starting point for this show is a...

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Steven Oliver – Bigger and Blacker

Steven Oliver – Bigger and Blacker

Bigger and Blacker is destined to be one of the most important shows in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Steve Oliver, star of Black Comedy, uses the stage in this classic cabaret show to titillate us with some "naughty" and fun songs based on his sexual appetite and...

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Robot Song

Robot Song

Robot Song is one of the most refreshing and remarkable works I've seen in 25 years. Arena Theatre Company has taken the musical genre, added spunk and a dose of post-modern "meta" attitude (metatude?), brought the vision to life with a creative blend of live music,...

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New Owner

New Owner

The DreamBIG Children's Festival made storytelling magic happen through the production of New Owner by Perth puppeteers and performers, Arielle Gray and Tim Watts. New Owner is a simple tale about an abandoned puppy being taken in by a new owner, getting parted from a...

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Rocket Man

Rocket Man

Rocket Man is a gritty and glittery telling of a story about Elton John that touches on other themes common in the stories of megastars but does it, for the most part, in an enthralling and entertaining way. First up, let's note that Rocket Man is not a documentary...

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Gruffalo

Gruffalo

Don't dream about seeing some DreamBIG Festival shows, stop what you're doing and get to the Dunstan Playhouse today or tomorrow (or Wednesday and Thursday in Port Lincoln) to experience Gruffalo. Gruffalo is a physical theatre/musical theatre rendering of Julia...

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Don Juan in Soho

Don Juan in Soho

The world's a better place without Don Juan but I had mistakenly expected the world to be a better place without Don Juan In Soho. I've been moving in stand up comedy circles for the past year and I've had my fill of middle-aged guys and their focus on their...

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Hydra

Hydra

A Greek island is the perfect stage for myth making and when Hydra opened on a whitewashed stage at the Dunstan Playhouse last night, we witnessed an Australian myth in the making. Hydra is a simple tale that yields numerous themes and conflicts, much like the way the...

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