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BWW Review: THE REAL AND IMAGINED HISTORY OF THE ELEPHANT MAN at Malthouse Theatre BWW Review: THE REAL AND IMAGINED HISTORY OF THE ELEPHANT MAN at Malthouse Theatre
by Victoria Beal - August 11, 2017

A man featured in literature since the 20s and on stage and film since the 70s, Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as The Elephant Man, has had his story told in a myriad of ways - but none quite like this.... (more...)
BWW Review: Black Hole Theatre's THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS at FortyFiveDownstairs BWW Review: Black Hole Theatre's THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS at FortyFiveDownstairs
by Victoria Beal - July 31, 2017

Combining art installation, live performance, projections, opera, puppetry and augmented-reality earphones Black Hole Theatre plunges audiences into the confused and surreal world experienced by dementia-suffering Ada (Alison Richards) in an immersive experience that is both magnificent and unsettli... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Dmitry Sinkovsky Returns To Australia To Present THE SINGING VIOLIN With The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra BWW REVIEW: Dmitry Sinkovsky Returns To Australia To Present THE SINGING VIOLIN With The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
by Jade Kops - July 28, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's Artistic Director and Conductor Paul Dyer AO has welcomed the opportunity to bring acclaimed Russian Baroque violinist and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky back to Australia as a Guest Director for a three city tour of THE SINGING VIOLIN... (more...)
17th Annual HELPMANN AWARDS: All the Winners! 17th Annual HELPMANN AWARDS: All the Winners!
by Jade Kops - July 24, 2017

The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards will be announced at a ceremony on starting at 7pm EST Monday 24th July at the Capitol Theatre Sydney.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by Victoria Beal - July 20, 2017

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BWW Review: NEXT FALL at Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: NEXT FALL at Chapel Off Chapel
by Victoria Beal - July 20, 2017

Geoffrey Nauffts highly-acclaimed Next Fall is something of a theatrical success story, with the original 2009 production receiving critical praise, an extended Broadway season and a Tony-Award nomination. The play follows the five-year relationship of unlikely couple Adam - a frustrated and neuroti... (more...)
BWW Review: Music Theatre Melbourne Presents Jon English's PARIS BWW Review: Music Theatre Melbourne Presents Jon English's PARIS
by Victoria Beal - July 15, 2017

BWW Review: Music Theatre Melbourne presents Jon English's PARIS... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Pantomime Returns To Sydney with THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND BWW REVIEW: Pantomime Returns To Sydney with THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND
by Jade Kops - July 09, 2017

Bonnie Lythgoe's (Producer and Director) production of THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND continues what is becoming a Sydney Winter tradition of Pantomime performances.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE RAPTURE at FortyFiveDownstairs BWW Review: THE RAPTURE at FortyFiveDownstairs
by Victoria Beal - July 03, 2017

Moira Finucane's The Rapture: Art vs Extinction fully immerses its audience into what can only be described as a hybrid form of boutique theatre. The result is fantastic, a hurly-burly experience that leaves you walking out of the theatre in pure euphoria.... (more...)
BWW Review: PUT THE BLAME ON MAME Puts Willow Sizer's Name in the Game at Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: PUT THE BLAME ON MAME Puts Willow Sizer's Name in the Game at Chapel Off Chapel
by Brodie Paparella - June 27, 2017

Willow Sizer takes you right back into the presence of scintillating forties diva songstresses, all the way down to the shivers along your upper arms. Sitting spellbound in the Loft at Chapel of Chapel, an uncontainable crowd were transported back to the times of undulating figures and captivating s... (more...)
BWW Review: Malthouse presents REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. BWW Review: Malthouse presents REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.
by Victoria Beal - June 26, 2017

Malthouse Theatre's production of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is an explosion of language and imagery that challenges society's gender labels and examines what it is to be a woman. It unapologetically rips away the female archetype and screams for its audience to rally behind its title.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Questions Abound As To The Validity Of Australia's HELPMANN AWARDS As the Nominations for 2017 Are Announced BWW REVIEW: Questions Abound As To The Validity Of Australia's HELPMANN AWARDS As the Nominations for 2017 Are Announced
by Jade Kops - June 20, 2017

The nominations for Australia's Live Performance industry awards, the HELPMANN AWARDS were announced last night at simultaneous events across the country (2017 Nominations List). Named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann's long and diverse career, the awards principle objective, according to Live Perfo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HAUNTING at Athenaeum Theatre BWW Review: THE HAUNTING at Athenaeum Theatre
by Victoria Beal - June 19, 2017

Inspired by the ghost stories of Charles Dickens', The Haunting follows a young book dealer from London who journeys to the moors to visit a client.... (more...)
BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's ORDINARY DAYS BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's ORDINARY DAYS
by Victoria Beal - June 14, 2017

As a work of contemporary musical theatre, Ordinary Days never garnered the same acclaim as comparable works created around the time. At first glance it seems obvious why - it is short, unorchestrated, Adam Gwon's score sounds like a collection of rejected numbers from Jason Robert Brown's Songs for... (more...)
BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's 21 CHUMP STREET BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's 21 CHUMP STREET
by Victoria Beal - June 12, 2017

Touted as the 'shortest musical ever' 21 Chump Street is a superbly crafted 15-minute piece written by the immensely popular Lin-Manuel Miranda for a live show of acclaimed radio/television program This American Life. Based on actual events described in the television series and with 80 percent of t... (more...)
BWW Review: VELVET at The Palms At Crown BWW Review: VELVET at The Palms At Crown
by Victoria Beal - June 12, 2017

Born from a enthusiasm for disco and an appreciation for the returning popularity of the variety show, VELVET is a night of sheer entertainment. An amalgam of circus, burlesque, variety, and concert forms, the audience is taken on a disco journey that ends in a room full of dancing and unbridled joy... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Chapel Off Chapel
by Victoria Beal - June 08, 2017

Based on the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind and winning 8 Tony Awards in 2007, Spring Awakening is one of those rare musicals to have attained something of a cult status - the kind of show that people will claim changed their lives forever.... (more...)
BWW Review: This 1984 is Not by the Numbers at Comedy Theatre BWW Review: This 1984 is Not by the Numbers at Comedy Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - June 08, 2017

There is nothing much unfamiliar about the very real invasions of privacy, hyper-surveillance, augmentation of technology, flaws in cybersecurity, and moderate resurgence of feudal attitudes we experience in life that art often imitates. For all its relevance, not to mention its prevalence in second... (more...)
BWW Review: Kin Collective's SHRINE at 45 Downstairs BWW Review: Kin Collective's SHRINE at 45 Downstairs
by Victoria Beal - June 07, 2017

Kin Collective's beautifully-realised production of Tim Winton's Shrine is a haunting and ethereal exploration of loss, grief and the interwoven lives of those fallen beneath the 'long shadow' of a life cut short. Director Marcel Dorny has assembled a strong cast and creative team to breathe life in... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Supporting The Creation And Development Of Australian Plays The 2017 Annual GRIFFIN AWARD Was Awarded To David Finnigan for KILL CLIMATE DENIERS. BWW REVIEW: Supporting The Creation And Development Of Australian Plays The 2017 Annual GRIFFIN AWARD Was Awarded To David Finnigan for KILL CLIMATE DENIERS.
by Jade Kops - June 05, 2017

In it's 20th year, the GRIFFIN AWARD continues Griffin Theatre Company's commitment to producing Australian plays and supporting the creation of new Australian work as it seeks to recognise "an outstanding play or performance text that displays an authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voi... (more...)
BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Lawler Theatre BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Lawler Theatre
by Victoria Beal - June 01, 2017

Monster Media's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest directed by Carl J. Sorheim at The Lawler at Southbank Theatre has created a chilling insight of a mental health ward in Oregon, USA during the 1960's.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLOC presents LES MISERABLES at The National Theatre, St Kilda BWW Review: CLOC presents LES MISERABLES at The National Theatre, St Kilda
by Victoria Beal - May 23, 2017

Filling the National Theatre to its very brim, both on and off the stage, CLOC's production of Les Miserables is remarkable.... (more...)
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at the Regent Theatre BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at the Regent Theatre
by Victoria Beal - May 17, 2017

Fans of the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison will not be disappointed with the recreation of the 1956 stage production of My Fair Lady currently playing Melbourne at the Regent Theatre.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Graeme Murphy's NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA Is Poignant And Beautiful Contemporary Tale For All Ages BWW REVIEW: Graeme Murphy's NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA Is Poignant And Beautiful Contemporary Tale For All Ages
by Jade Kops - May 03, 2017

Graeme Murphy's NUTCRACKER - THE STORY OF CLARA is a beautiful expression of love, growth, and friendship.... (more...)
BWW Review: THIS IS EDEN is a Must-See, No Exceptions at fortyfive downstairs BWW Review: THIS IS EDEN is a Must-See, No Exceptions at fortyfive downstairs
by Brodie Paparella - April 30, 2017

BWW Review: THIS IS EDEN is a Must-See, No Exceptions at fortyfive downstairs... (more...)