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.

Mrs Warren’s Profession

Mrs Warren’s Profession

Of all the plays Independent Theatre could have chosen to perform at this time, Mrs Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw has proven to be the most perfect choice for all the saddest of reasons. This story of a young woman discovering that sex work has been (and...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol is a festive romp that breathes new life into the Dickens classic. There is magic in the way this cast bubbles with joy throughout the show, with more ham than a Christmas feast. Director Megan Dansie...

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Outwitting the Devil

Outwitting the Devil

The young man can not imagine the old man he will become. That spoken reflection in the opening moments of Outwitting the Devil, sets the theme for this mesmerising dance production by choreographer, Akram Khan. The retired dancer's first work in which he is not on...

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The Dark Master

The Dark Master

The Dark Master is a strange and enchanting piece of theatre, as mystical and sensual as some of the most colourful, detailed, and obscure dishes served in gourmet Japanese restaurants. The set is a timeworn restaurant in Osaka and travellers next to me in the...

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Vessel

Vessel

To watch Vessel is to experience a moment as Charles Darwin, stumbling into a primordial oasis, quickly realising something special is about to take place, and then remaining transfixed for 70 minutes as life unfolds and evolves before you. Vessel takes dance to its...

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Light

Light

When we collaborate with neighbours from around the world, rather than conquer and colonise them, the human enterprise can flourish and do "exploration" in enriching ways. And this is what Australian writer/director Thomas Henning and Malaysian theatre makers...

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The Wizard Of Oz Arena Spectacular

The Wizard Of Oz Arena Spectacular

The Wizard Of Oz Arena Spectacular is the lovechild of Hollywood and PT Barnum. Hollywood brought us the black and white to colour transition in this tale about Dorothy, along with the goofy, animated house and cows swirling across the screen during the tornado scene,...

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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense and the suspense in this production of The 39 Steps comes from wondering when the action will return to the storyline, especially in the second act which spirals into a frenzy of farce. To be clear, this production is a...

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Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors In War

Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors In War

Conflict medicine is a field where only the brave and the driven can operate successfully. In Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War we get to meet a number of women who have served Australia, our allies, and humanity in various locations and situations in response to...

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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

When the Gilbert & Sullivan Society decides to step away from its staple of G&S operettas, it likes to put its best foot forward. By trying on Kinky Boots for size, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society seems to have stumbled into some bright, fun material that...

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Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep

Who would have thought a coming of age story could still hold our attention in 2019? I didn't. I was fearing a long night of earnest awkwardness but such fears were dispelled within the opening moments of Windmill Theatre Co's Girl Asleep. This third part of a trilogy...

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Look Back In Anger

Look Back In Anger

Look Back In Anger indeed gives modern audiences every reason to look back in anger, especially at how our society accommodated so many broken models of domestic relationships that allowed flawed males to bully their households purely on the basis of them being male....

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