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.

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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Escher’s Hands

Escher’s Hands

Where does a writer end and a character begin? This is an idea explored intriguingly by playwright, Dawson Nichols, in the Galleon Theatre Group's production of , Escher's Hands. The title is drawn from a fascinating lithograph by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, called...

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Next Fall

Next Fall

This production of Next Fall is powerful and perfect in every way. It is the story of a gay couple during the tragic in the hours after one of them has fallen and hit his head badly, rendering him critically injured and in a coma. As family and friends gather at the...

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The Gospel According To Paul

The Gospel According To Paul

When Jonathon Biggins takes to the stage as Paul Keating, the audience is instantly drawn to his likeness, his swagger, and his schtick. Five minutes in and we wonder, while laughing, whether this barrage of comedic quips means this show will be all tip and no...

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How To Survive Being In A Shakespeare Play

How To Survive Being In A Shakespeare Play

My horse, my horse, my kingdom for a horse! Never before has this iconic Shakespearean quote been treated to such horseplay as happens in How To Survive Being In A Shakespeare Play by Don Zolidis. If fact, much of the Bard's work is trampled on and teased about as our...

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The Day The Internet Died

The Day The Internet Died

The Day the Internet Died by Ian McWethy & Jason Pizzarello is a pastiche of vignettes highlighting the various "crises" that internet-dependent people would experience if they lost their virtual umbilical cords. There are some clever scenes and lines in this...

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