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Barry Lenny

Barry Lenny Born in London, Barry was introduced to theatre as a small boy, through being taken to see traditional Christmas pantomimes, as well as discovering jazz and fine music at a very young age. High school found him loving the works of Shakespeare, as well as many other great playwrights, poets and novelists. Moving to Australia, he became a jazz musician, playing with big bands and his own small groups, then attended the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, playing with several orchestras. This led to playing in theatre pits, joining the chorus, playing character roles, playing lead roles (after moving into drama), then directing, set and lighting design, administrative roles on theatre boards and, finally, becoming a critic. After twenty years of writing he has now joined the Broadway World team to represent Adelaide, in South Australia. Barry is also a long time member of the prestigious Adelaide Critics Circle.


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Review: SAVAGE at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
September 24, 2022

Explosive, violent, urgent, and hugely physical.

Review: INTO THE WOODS at ARTS Theatre
September 23, 2022

Tickets are sure to be in short supply as word spreads.

Review: GIANNI SCHICCHI at Norwood Ballroom
September 18, 2022

This was a wonderful performance.

Review: WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH MARY JANE? at Holden Street Theatres
September 15, 2022

Make sure that you see this production!

Review: SWEET ROAD at ARTS Theatre
September 10, 2022

Fascinating stories of a diverse group of people on road trips in remote Australia.

Review: SUNSHINE SUPER GIRL at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
September 7, 2022

A moving and inspiring story of success against all the odds.

Review: THE PITMEN PAINTERS at ARTS Theatre
August 19, 2022

It all began with a WEA art appreciation course.

Review: DRACULA: THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER at Star Theatres
August 17, 2022

Hugh O'Connor is a most effective Dracula.

Review: ARCADIA at Little Theatre, University Of Adelaide
August 15, 2022

The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild has finally reached Arcadia.

Review: THE BIG SING - THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE at Adelaide Town Hall
August 10, 2022

The performance was tied to the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Review: DOGFIGHT at St. Jude's Hall, Brighton
August 10, 2022

Do you remember On The Town, that wonderful musical film from 1949; three young sailors on shore leave on the loose in New York, singing and dancing through life, and meeting girls? Well, Dogfight, presented by St Jude's Players, is a bit like that, but just a bit. It's a dark reflection on men and women, the traditional battle of the sexes cast in the most unromantic and misogynist mould.

Review: CHALKFACE at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
August 10, 2022

In a late career change, I gained a degree in Adult and Vocational Education, and then a post-graduate degree in Secondary Education, leading to several years of relief and contract teaching in music and drama for a number of high schools. I was, therefore, looking forward to State Theatre Company's latest production, Chalkface, a black comedy written by Australian playwright, Angela Betzien, produced in conjunction with the Sydney Theatre Company. One of their Resident Directors, Jessica Arthur, directed this hilarious co-production.

Review: OTHELLO at Star Theatres
August 8, 2022

Shakespeare will always be a part of the theatre scene

Review: SUOR ANGELICA at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church
July 24, 2022

An intimate and sensitive performance.

Review: DI AND VIV AND ROSE at Rumpus, Bowden
July 22, 2022

The play is so well chosen for this collective. It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least by me and my mentor, Myk Mykyta, that most modern plays are twenty minutes too long. Contemporary audiences have been conditioned by films and, especially, television to pick up the thread of a story very quickly. After all every millisecond of screen time costs 'squillions'. Live theatre can take its time and, while this new show from The Corseted Rabbits Collective, at Rumpus, Di and Viv and Rose, could be twenty minutes shorter, the establishment of character and story is done with such warmth and focus as to carry you along nicely.

Review: MOMENTS IN THE WOODS: SONGS AND STORIES OF SONDHEIM – ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2022 at Her Majesty's Theatre
June 24, 2022

That standing ovation was very well-deserved.

Review: TUCK SHOP LADIES WITH LITTLE WISE AND SPECIAL GUEST SUSIE KEYNES – THE TRINITY SESSIONS at Church Of The Trinity
June 19, 2022

It was a party, a celebration of the anniversary of a great venue.

Review: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III at ARTS Theatre
June 18, 2022

Being Alan Bennet, there is plenty of wit and humour.

BWW Review: FORCES OF NATURE: A FRENCH ENCOUNTER at Elder Hall, University Of Adelaide
June 3, 2022

It was a thrill to hear this music.

BWW Review: BETTY BLUE EYES at ARTS Theatre
June 3, 2022

This is a fun night out. See what BWW's critic thinks about this production.