Theatre Reviews

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar | Victorian Opera

Handel’s music is overwhelmingly beautiful. The highly structured and intricate nature of the notes sweep you away to a musical paradise where great stories are re-told and consequently re-born. Julius Caesar, powerfully executed by the Victorian Opera at Melbourne’s Recital Centre and under the direction of Steven Heathcote and Musical Conductor Richard Gill offers insight into political divides and imperialistic…

Circus OZ 2010

Circus OZ | 2010 season

Circus memories are like old smells. Comfortable and warm, often very strong and mostly associated with food and animals, they can transport you back in time within a nanosecond. And while Circus Oz is definitely not from the eighties there are more than a few things which haven’t changed. From the very font used for the TICKET sign, the smell…


Trans-Mute | Union House Theatre

70 minutes. Butoh. Cabaret. And absolutely nothing to do with snails. Or maybe it was everything to do with snails. Trans-Mute is the latest devised performance led by renowned Butoh Dancer Yumi Umiamare in a collaborative production with the students of the University of Melbourne. Effectively an ethereal reflection Trans-Mute is both powerful and surreal. The production intertwines music and…

Greg Behrendt

Headliners: A Star-Spangled Showcase of America’s Hottest Comedy | Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010

American Comedy has a niche of its own. Sometimes it’s an accommodating one and sometimes, well it’s not. But the advantage of watching a show like Headliners is that out of the three comedians at least one (and if you’re lucky maybe even two) will reassure you that American humor can actually be laugh-out-loud funny. John Mulaney opened the night…

David O'Doh-party

David O’Doh-party | David O’Doherty (MICF 2010)

The British – no wait he’s Irish – stand-up comedian David O’Doherty brought the house down on Sunday night with an intimate conversation with the audience that was very much like the opening statement of this review – full of contradictions. The night began with Dave explaining the peeping Tom in his trousers, well not quite, but there is certainly…


Cosi | Hit Productions

Laughter is the best medicine’ proclaims the subtitle of Cosi, the latest touring show by HIT Productions and Monday Night at St. Martins Theatre certainly proved there was to be no shortage of guffaws, giggles and hearty explosions. A realist drama set in the 1970’s in Melbourne by Australian playwright Louis Nowra, Cosi explores interactions between a young theatre director…

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