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THEATRE ARCHIVES 2009

REVIEWS BY DATE POSTED

POSTED: 20 DEC 09

REVIEW: Godzone ... Expect to be charmed by the intelligence and offended by the brazen swinging bias. MORE


POSTED: 05 DEC 09

REVIEW: Shining City ... builds effectively to a climax that provides the year's most surprising ending. MORE


POSTED: 01 DEC 09

REVIEW: The Mysteries: Genesis ... quite simply, stunning, exciting and vividly entertaining. MORE


POSTED: 01 DEC 09

REVIEW: A Midsummer Night's Dream ... Celebrate the beginning of the silly season and treat yourself to a complete, unique delight. MORE


POSTED: 19 NOV 09

REVIEW: LoveBites ... a lovely piece of theatre — well, actually six pieces of theatre — that will, I’m sure, take anyone and everyone back to some point in their love life. MORE


POSTED: 19 NOV 09

REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew ... turns the tables on the patriarchal order entrenched in the text to offer a politically adjusted vision, with an all-female cast. MORE


POSTED: 19 NOV 09

REVIEW: The Messiah ... The perfect antidote to what has been a testing year for everyone — an evening of eye-watering, side-splitting, leg-crossing hilarity. MORE


POSTED: 11 NOV 09

REVIEW: Happy Days ... For students, aspiring actors and anyone involved in any aspect of theatre design and craft, this production should be compulsory. MORE


POSTED: 09 NOV 09

REVIEW: Pennies from Kevin ... For the following couple of days, there were moments of sheer pleasure as a scene or line floated into mind and brought a hearty guffaw. MORE


POSTED: 05 NOV 09

REVIEW: Bliss ... A tight, snappy production that may at times be challenging to follow. But it’s a hell of a ride. Très bizarre. MORE


POSTED: 02 NOV 09

REVIEW: Strange Attractor ... Each actor conveys the humanity, flaws and qualities of their persona so very well. In 90 minutes whole lives are laid bare with startling honesty. MORE


POSTED: 26 OCT 09

REVIEW: Page 8 ... You’ll be totally captivated by David Page’s charm, talent and brutal honesty as he opens his soul to the world. MORE


POSTED: 26 OCT 09

REVIEW: The Wizard of Oz ... So Boomers, grab the grandkids, click your heels three times, and get there before it finishes its all-too-brief season. MORE


POSTED: 23 OCT 09

REVIEW: The House of Bernarda Alba ... continues the admirable standard of amateur theatre that the Genesian produces. MORE


POSTED: 21 OCT 09

REVIEW: Silver ... This is an absolutely charming hour of theatre ... beautifully written and absolutely convincingly played out. MORE


POSTED: 18 OCT 09

REVIEW: The Ruby Sunrise ... A stroke of genius to bring up a century for Ensemble Theatre's Sandra Bates. MORE


POSTED: 13 OCT 09

REVIEW: God of Carnage ... casts a spotlight on the easily chipped, thin veneer of civilisation in which we like to coat ourselves. MORE


POSTED: 08 OCT 09

REVIEW: Brand Spanking New (Week Two) ... an entertaining lucky dip of new Australian writing. MORE


POSTED: 01 OCT 09

REVIEW: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot ... A little bit weird, a little bit magical, as bizarre as a Dali painting. This is well worth a viewing. MORE


POSTED: 01 OCT 09

REVIEW: The Only Child ... emotionally exhausting and demanding theatre, but ultimately hopeful. The final line is perfect. MORE


POSTED: 30 SEP 09

REVIEW: Black Joy ... offers up celebrity on a platter ... a gluttonous, self-fulfilling train wreck. MORE


POSTED: 22 SEP 09

REVIEW: One Night the Moon ... individual ingredients are not in themselves lacking, but sadly the whole is less than the sum of its parts. MORE


POSTED: 20 SEP 09

REVIEW: Bondi Dreaming ... Theatre this close-up and emotionally draining relies on powerful, charismatic and brave performances. These men deliver in spades. MORE


POSTED: 16 SEP 09

REVIEW: Gethsemene ... often witty and perceptive ... but sometimes tending to be moralistic and superfluous. MORE


POSTED: 06 SEP 09

REVIEW: A Streetcar Named Desire ... exquisite performance by Blanchett leads a memorable STC production. MORE


POSTED: 04 SEP 09

REVIEW: En Trance ... nothing half-hearted about Yumi Umiumare’s performance, but nothing predictable either. MORE


POSTED: 03 SEP 09

REVIEW: The Life of Galileo ... Epicentre takes on the challenge of a Bertolt Brecht masterpiece. MORE


POSTED: 01 SEP 09

REVIEW: Duets ... like slipping into a well used leather armchair and curling up in front of the fire with a favourite author. MORE


POSTED: 31 AUG 09

REVIEW: Intent to Murder ... Despite some bumpy patches, still a fine night at the theatre. MORE


POSTED: 25 AUG 09

REVIEW: Under Ice ... a moving and timely study of isolation within the global community. MORE


POSTED: 23 AUG 09

REVIEW: The Lonesome West ... Ye’ll feel loike shite if ye miss dis. It’s feckin’ brilliant. MORE


POSTED: 17 AUG 09

REVIEW: Once and for All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut up and Listen ... an exciting theatrical display pushed by great music. MORE


POSTED: 10 AUG 09

REVIEW: A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians ... a fresh, frenetic production that pulls you along the full gamut of emotion. MORE


POSTED: 07 AUG 09

REVIEW: Thom Pain (based on nothing) ... a riveting perfomance from one of Australia's finest stage actors. MORE


§ 30 JUL 09 | Saturn's Return ... not always comfortable theatre for a boomer ... but certainly entertaining, provocatibe and stimulating. MORE

§ 25 JUL 09 | Dealing with Clair ... a disconcerting reminder of the speed in which the moral high ground can become a muddied swamp. MORE

§ 20 JUL 09 | The Little Dog Laughed ... a tale of emotional rollercoasters and razor-sharp, barbed satire. MORE

§ 20 JUL 09 | The Promise ... remarkable intensity and memorability in a stunning tale of the lives of three survivors of the Siege of Leningrad. MORE

§ 20 JUL 09 | Gutenberg! The Musical! ... The humour is often silly, bad jokes abound, and major artistic licence is taken ... It’s tremendous. MORE

§ 15 JUL 09 | Poor Boy ... a grand theatrical experience that has you suspending belief and humming some great songs. MORE

§ 14 JUL 09 | Hay Fever ... a lovely period piece ... like 10 sessions of family therapy but quicker — and much funnier. MORE

§ 08 JUL 09 | The City ... an exhilarating piece of theatre, written by a great playwright and put together by a wonderful team. MORE

§ 08 JUL 09 | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk ... the Russians keep on coming ... and that's not a bad thing. MORE

§ 08 JUL 09 | Unit 46 ... a nice idea about apartment life needs some flesh to fill out the frame. MORE

§ 26 JUN 09 | Savage River ... a new, unflinching and ultimately hopeful story of liberation, redemption and strength. MORE

§ 26 JUN 09 | Basic Training ... much more than comedy from a great talent and a special human being. Keep an eye out for him. MORE

§ 25 JUN 09 | Dealer's Choice ... a potent tale in which some very interesting relationships and tensions play out. MORE

§ 16 JUN 09 | Miriam and the Monkfish ... the perfect desperate North Shore housewife, much more used to being cooked for than cooking. MORE

§ 15 JUN 09 | The Duel ... unfathomable yet accessible, it is an experience of immense beauty and power. MORE

§ 09 JUN 09 | Whore ... about much more than just selling oneself. MORE

§ 08 JUN 09 | Elling ... delightful feel-good theatre about a couple of blokes coming to grips with the world. MORE

§ 08 JUN 09 | To Kill a Mockingbird ... the performances overall are strong and all 18 actors should be congratulated. MORE

§ 05 JUN 09 | Walking by Apple Tree Creek ... a funny, fond and occasionally painful glance into the lives behind the caravan door. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | The Knowing of Mary Poppins ... This dreamlike production is thought-provoking, intelligent and often amusing. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | 61 Circus Acts in 60 minutes ... hilarity, incredible stunts, and five people entertaining everyone from toddlers to grandparents. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | Let the Sunshine ... warmly allows us to reflect on who we are, what’s important, and even gives us a laugh or twenty at our own expense. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | When the Rain Stops Falling ... a stunning production, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | Beyond the Neck ... a wonderful piece of imaginative dramatic writing from a significant new talent. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | Hamlet ... Roger Gimblett’s direction is traditional ... the atmosphere is wonderful and Genesian’s attention to detail truly sets up a “night at the theatre”. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | Hamlet ... Harlos Productions succeeds brilliantly in creating as timely a study as ever in revenge, integrity and moral dilemma. MORE

§ 07 MAY 09 | The Call ... a chilling dissection of life on the bleak side of the tracks ... and the search for smething meaningful. MORE

§ 04 MAY 09 | Blue Love ... plenty of laughs and some poignant moments in the search for true love. MORE

§ 30 APR 09 | Metamorphosis ... a stunning performance from a small group of British and Icelandic theatre professionals. MORE

§ 30 APR 09 | Love Song ... a reasonably simple, nicely acted, funny/sad four-hander about the redemptive power of love. MORE

§ 26 APR 09 | The Wonderful World of Dissocia ... a play in two halves provides a memorable theatrical experience. MORE

§ 21 APR 09 | Ollie and the Minotaur ... The tension builds well as the laughter and levity take darker, more confronting turns. MORE

§ 18 APR 09 | Breast Wishes ... The humour is there right from the opening salvo ... but it’s the honesty and compassion that really drive the show. MORE

§ 12 APR 09 | The Distance from Here ... a brilliantly crafted glimpse into the nastier side of American suburbia. MORE

§ 07 APR 09 | The Man from Mukinupin ... a fast-paced mix of comedy, music, dance, and more issues to ponder than your average musical. MORE

§ 06 APR 09 | King Lear ... a Chinese takeover of the Bard proves a great theatrical experience. MORE

§ 05 APR 09 | Floating ... a wonderfully strange show based on the premise that we never travel far from our origins, even when we want to get off the boat. MORE

§ 05 APR 09 | Florence ... the makings of a riveting show, but right now not worth the 63-hour journey. MORE

§ 30 MAR 09 | Ladybird ... the human spirit endures, and, despite it all, there are glimmers of hope, fragile as a ladybird but just as miraculous. MORE

§ 29 MAR 09 | Abigail's Party ... meaty, strangely compelling, sometimes Kath-and-Kim-like cringe-inducing and definitely thought-provoking theatre. MORE

§ 29 MAR 09 | The Herbal Bed ... not only an intriguing study in desire, deception, faith and morality, but also a very well acted, intelligent production. MORE

§ 29 MAR 09 | A Journey through the World of Molière ... the evening proved once again, just what a vibrant and exciting time it is for Australian theatre. MORE

§ 29 MAR 09 | Hatch ... a really good performance and all the more remarkable because the actual words are those of Hatch. MORE

§ 29 MAR 09 | Metamorphosis ... there is no suspension of disbelief — the man in a suit crawling up the wall is an insect. MORE

§ 29 MAR 09 | Hatch ... a really good performance and all the more remarkable because the actual words are those of Hatch. MORE

§ 28 MAR 09 | Concussion ... an ensemble of sharp, passionate actors who interact with fearlessness and intensity. MORE

§ 27 MAR 09 | The Lunch Box ... a Thai Buddhist fable provides an excellent introduction to Tasmania's Ten Days on the Island festival. MORE

§ 26 MAR 09 | Travesties ... a joyous, sparkling frolic of word play, puns, limericks, and repartee on the nature of art, war, revolution, and philosophy. MORE

§ 10 MAR 09 | Ring round the Moon ... the evening is set for misunderstanding, amusement, upset, redemption and resolution. MORE

§ 04 MAR 09 | The Laramie Project ... words from Dylan spring to mind during an entertaining, provocative and important piece of theatre. MORE

§ 22 FEB 09 | Baghdad Wedding | Company B | Belvoir Street Theatre, Surry Hills, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden | MORE

§ 22 FEB 09 | Gutenberg! The Musical! | Neil Gooding Productions | Seymour Centre, Chippendale, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden | MORE

§ 18 FEB 09 | Venus & Adonis | Produced by Bell Shakespeare and Malthouse Theatre; presented by Sydney Theatre Company; Wharf 2, Walsh Bay, Sydney | Reviewer: John Rozentals

§ 14 FEB 09 | The Removalists | Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf 1, Walsh Bay, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

§ 12 FEB 09 | Woyzeck | Malthouse Theatre; Melbourne | Reviewer: Beckett Rozentals

§ 11 FEB 09 | Little Nell | Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

§ 04 FEB 09 | Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story | Lyric Theatre, Star City Casino, Sydney | Reviewer: John Rozentals

§ 04 FEB 09 | Short + Sweet | Newtown Theatre and Seymour Centre, Sydney | Reviewer: John Rozentals

§ 04 FEB 09 | Mate | Belvoir Street Downstairs, Surry Hills, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

§ 30 JAN 09 | The War of the Roses | Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

§ 18 JAN 09 | Hammerhead (is dead) | Griffin Theatre Company & Bambina Borracha Productions; SBW Stables Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney | Reviewer: John Rozentals

§ 12 JAN 09 | The Witches | New Theatre, Newtown, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

§ 09 JAN 09 | Wind in the Willows | Shakespeare Australia | Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

§ 08 JAN 09 | Tuesdays with Morrie | Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, Sydney | Reviewer: Sandra Bowden

NEWS BY DATE POSTED

POSTED: 27 DEC 09

NEWS: The War of the Roses tops 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards nominations. MORE


POSTED: 14 OCT 09

NEWS: Marion Potts and John Bell take Bell Shakespeare into new territory for its 20th anniversary. MORE


POSTED: 12 OCT 09

NEWS: Dancenorth brings Nightcafe to Parramatta, then heads homewards. MORE


POSTED: 23 AUG 09

NEWS: The Kursk ... personal drama from a submarine in its death throes. MORE


POSTED: 23 AUG 09

NEWS: God of Carnage ... STC presents a brutally funny satire with adults acting like children. MORE


POSTED: 23 AUG 09

NEWS: New Theatre presents the Sydney premiere of Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho. MORE


POSTED: 23 AUG 09

NEWS: 400 years ago, Galileo proved that the Earth revolved around the Sun. Epicentre Theatre revisits the great astronomer's subsequent dilemma. MORE


POSTED: 20 JUL 09

NEWS: De Quincy's Run explores extreme energy and motion. MORE


POSTED: 19 JUL 09

NEWS: Major world talents head for Queensland Ballet's International Gala. MORE


POSTED: 19 JUL 09

NEWS: Knives in Hens ... Harrower's Scottish masterpiece heads for Melbourne and Adelaide. MORE


POSTED: 19 JUL 09

NEWS: The young Belgians are coming from Edinburgh to Stdney and Melbourne, so Shut Up and Listen. MORE


POSTED: 19 JUL 09

NEWS: Bangarra on Fire for 20th anniversary. MORE


POSTED: 14 JUL 09

NEWS: Greening The Wharf .... a unique demonstration of how buildings, even heritage-listed ones, can be made more sustainable. MORE


POSTED: 27 JUN 09

NEWS: Melbourne's Malthouse brings One Night the Moon, one of Australia's most celebrated films, to the stage. MORE


POSTED: 27 JUN 09

NEWS: Wild and serene, decadent and divine ... Yumi Umiamare's butoh-inspired vision of duality. MORE


POSTED: 27 JUN 09

NEWS: Cat and Mouse ... NZ troupe to show its talents at Sydney's TAP Gallery Theatre. MORE


POSTED: 27 JUN 09

NEWS: Thom Pain (based on nothing) finally makes its Sydney landing. MORE


POSTED: 27 JUN 09

NEWS: Bugger the Polar Bears, This is Serious ... Rod Quantock's new take on climate change. MORE


POSTED: 19 JUN 09

NEWS: B Sharp's second 2009 season offers an exciting amalgamation of classic and contemporary theatre. MORE


POSTED: 05 JUN 09

NEWS: The Promise ... Company B rediscovers a Russian masterpiece. MORE


POSTED: 05 JUN 09

NEWS: STC's new The Residents ensemble moves into The Wharf. MORE


§ 26 MAY 09 | Poor Boy ... Tim Finn's music sets the scene for two families' collision of fates. MORE

§ 25 MAY 09 | Nicki Bloom takes out 2009 Patrick White Playwrights Award. MORE

§ 25 MAY 09 | Overseas opportunities prompt Neil Armfield to depart Company B. MORE

§ 18 MAY 09 | STC confirms Marcus Graham and Sacha horler for God of Carnage. MORE

§ 18 MAY 09 | Edward Albee in conversation with Jonathan Biggins. MORE

§ 11 MAY 09 | Monkey Baa takes Thursday's Child across the nation. MORE

§ 06 MAY 09 | Exit the King in hunt for four Tony Awards. MORE

§ 06 MAY 09 | Whore ... Rick Viede makes his writing debut at Belvoir Downstairs. MORE

§ 29 APR 09 | Elling ... STC brings a Norwegian cult classic to the Australian stage. MORE

§ 21 APR 09 | Discover the real Mary Poppins and the iconic Australian behind her creation. MORE

§ 20 APR 09 | Let the grandkids become dinosaurs for a day at Glen Street Theatre. MORE

§ 16 APR 09 | Shortlist announced for Patrick White Playwrights Award. MORE

§ 17 MAR 09 | Travelling North ... a David williamson classic heads for Glen Street Theatre. MORE

§ 08 MAR 09 | An uplifting new Australian musical about life, love, loss and silicon makes its world premiere. MORE

§ 08 MAR 09 | Queensland Ballet takes a leap into Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. MORE

§ 07 MAR 09 | New Theatre stages the tale of Susanna Hall, Shakespeare's eldest daughter. MORE

§ 04 MAR 09 | B Sharp's two seasons for 2009 will facilitate creative development and more new Australian work. MORE

§ 24 FEB 09 | NEWS: A Safe Pair of Hands takes out Short + Sweet Sydney 2009. MORE

§ 16 FEB 09 | NEWS: Short+Sweet Gala Final ... an 83-year-old makes it through. MORE

§ 15 FEB 09 | NEWS: The Man from Mukinupin ... Company B and MTC revive a Dorothy Hewett classic. MORE

§ 14 FEB 09 | NEWS: Concussion ... STC collaborates with Griffin in a performance of brutal humour. MORE

§ 04 FEB 09 | NEWS: Company B to take Kate Mulvany's award-winning The Seed across Australia. MORE

§ 03 FEB 09 | NEWS: STC reunites a winning team in its production of Travesties, Tom Stoppard's classic comic masterpiece. MORE

§ 26 JAN 09 | NEWS: STC launches 09 Main Stage Season with The Removalists. MORE

§ 17 JAN 09 | NEWS: Metamorphosis: English and Icelandic talent combine in Kafka's classic. MORE

§ 09 JAN 09 | NEWS: STC opens 2009 Next Stage season with a new take on Shakespeare's Venus & Adonis. MORE

§ 09 JAN 09 | NEWS: Sydney's Epicentre Theatre looks to the human condition for its 2009 season. MORE

§ 09 JAN 09 | NEWS: Woyzeck: Melbourne's Malthouse presents the original underdog. MORE

§ 04 JAN 09 | NEWS: Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2008. MORE

§ 03 JAN 09 | NEWS: Parramatta's Riverside theatre announces 09 subscription season. MORE

§ 03 JAN 09NEWS: | Canberra Theatre Centre announces 09 subscription season. MORE