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.

Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age

Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age

To understand the show, Alan Cummings Is Not Acting His Age, you need to understand the man and his career. This "Puckish", Scottish-American actor, activist, author, and entrepreneur, provided the finale for his Adelaide Cabaret Festival with dual performances of...

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Mostly Marlene

Mostly Marlene

Kim David Smith exudes the very spirit of cabaret. Firstly, he adores the spotlight, so much so, it's quite possible that such a light would be the one thing he'd take if he were to be abandoned on a desert island. His entrance from the audience, trains our attention...

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The Art Of Protest

The Art Of Protest

Remember you're dangerous because only when you realise you're dangerous, will the system take notice. Systems don't fear anything they can buy or roll over. That is how David Olney (Blind Insights with David Olney podcast) summarises anarchists of the 19th Century in...

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We’ll always have Paris

We’ll always have Paris

Three school friends who are English ladies of a "certain age", attracted to Paris for various reasons, reunite in this play of light entertainment, produced by The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. We'll Always Have Paris revolves around Nancy (Deb Walsh), who is a retired...

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Poof! Secrets of a magician

Poof! Secrets of a magician

James Galea's Poof! Secrets of a magician, is part Vegas-style, wow-moment-filled, close-up card magic, part behind-the-lunch-shed, cheeky smut, and many parts entertaining. In sequinned jacket, he takes the stage and welcomes us into his world of storytelling. In...

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The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

"Enough of the theatrics, Nikki," bellows Bev, and if you're not prepared for the style of this production you might be bellowing the same. Director, Elena Carapetis, has pulled out all the stops to create not just a show about a story in a country town, but one...

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Watchlist

Watchlist

There is an era of smart, sassy, homegrown theatre upon us and Alex Vickery-Howe's Watchlist is a darkly stupendous example. In an overtly-theatrical two hours, our chief protagonist, Basil Pepper (Gianluca Noble), transitions from a twenty-something introverted nerd...

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Blue Stockings

Blue Stockings

Blue Stockings is one of the saddest and frustrating and angering and entertaining bits of theatre you'll see. The play by Jessica Swale is about the early years (in the 1880s) of the struggle by women to have their higher education studies (identical degrees to men)...

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Creation Creation

Creation Creation

It's not often that we get documentary theatre on such a high profile stage as the Space Theatre at the Adelaide Festival Centre, but that's exactly what Windmill Theatre has created as part of the DreamBIG Festival. The journey began more than five years ago in...

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Attend this review of Sweeney Todd. State Opera has brought the dark, Stephen Sondheim classic back to Adelaide for a virtuosic performance. There's no fog like a London fog and lighting designer, Philip Lethlean, has ensured we are eerily ensconced in a thick, green,...

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Euphoria

Euphoria

From the opening moments of Euphoria, anybody who's ever lived in a country town will know that a mirror is about to be held up to their lives for the following 80 minutes. From the well-meaning, bright, and bushy-tailed teacher, Meg (one of many characters played by...

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