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June 23, 2018

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone
with Joseph Thalken
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
June 21.

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One of the many things to like about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is that, not only is its program filled with new and intriguing performers, it is also a showcase for capital ‘‘S” Stars. There have been many over its 17 year history, including such Broadway luminaries as Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Mandy Patinkin, Stephen Schwartz, and the Wicked stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel . …

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June 22, 2018

Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas

Created by Cameron Goodall, Quincy Grant, Andy Packer,
with Gareth Chin.
Slingsby.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
June 20.

This captivating song cycle, from Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby, begins with a children’s book given to a boy by his grandmother. It is called An Island in Time and it is the factual story of geological land formation from volcanic upheaval through, by natural selection, to the establishment of flora and fauna, habitat and ecological diversity.

Performed …

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May 28, 2018

Looking to the heavens for escape

Terrestrial
by Fleur Kilpatrick.
State Theatre Company South Australia.
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
May 24. Tickets: $32- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online
Duration 60 minutes (no interval)
Until June 2.

Playwright Fleur Kilpatrick dedicates her newest work, Terrestrial, “to lonely girls, to bored boys, to quiet towns.” Part of State Theatre’s State Ed schools program, it has already toured regional schools and centres, with more to come when this Adelaide season concludes.

In State’s 2018 season brochure, Terrestrial

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April 11, 2018

Nostalgia trips the light fantastic

After Dinner
by Andrew Bovell
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
April 10. Tickets: $34- $76. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2 hours (including interval)
Until April 29.

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It is thirty years almost to the day since Andrew Bovell’s After Dinner opened at La Mama in Melbourne and while it is a slice of the late 1980s, the revival by Sydney Theatre Company in 2015, and now this watchable and well-judged production by State Theatre …

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March 16, 2018

Adelaide Festival – Daily Review

Adelaide Festival
Daily Review

Palestinian Voices

Azza
Written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
ShiberHur Theatre Company.
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
March 14. 60 minutes, no interval.
Until March 18.

The Azza is the Palestinian mourning ceremony but, in the ShiberHur Theatre Company’s excellent production, it is very far from doleful. Invigorated by Amir Nizar Zuabi’s warm, well-judged text, Azza is, as funeral organisers like to say, a celebration of life.

Azza is a gathering of men. It consists …

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March 12, 2018

Shakespeare’s war room in theatrical overdrive

Adelaide Festival

Kings of War
by William Shakespeare
Adaptation by Bart Van den Eyde , Peter Van Kraaij.
Translated by Rob Klinkenberg.
Directed by Ivo van Hove.
Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Festival Theatre, Adelaide
March 10. Tickets $30 -$129.
Bookings : 131 246 or online.
Duration : 4 hours 30 mins (30 min interval)
English surtitles.
Until March 13.

It is four years since Toneelgroep Amsterdam amazed Adelaide Festival audiences with their dazzling Shakespearean triptych Roman Tragedies, a six hour spectacle …

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March 08, 2018

Daily Review – Adelaide Fringe 2018

Adelaide Fringe

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That Daring Australian Girl

Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone

Holden Street Theatres

March 6. Until March 18.

Muriel Matters, the Adelaide-born suffragette, her name itself a slogan, was a most remarkable woman. Her progress from Parkside High School and the Music Conservatorium of the University of Adelaide to the performance stages and, even more dramatically, the political arenas of London, is fascinating to follow. Writer and performer, Joanne Hartstone knows this only too well and …

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March 05, 2018

The Far Side of the Moon Theatre Review

Daily Review
Adelaide Festival

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Lunar Tunes

The Far Side of the Moon
Written and directed by Robert Lepage
Ex Machina.
Her Majesty’s, Adelaide.
March 3.

It was the Soviet Luna 3 mission in 1959 which first captured photos of the far side of the moon. They discovered mountains and dark regions which the Russians named the Sea of Moscow, the Sea of Desire and the Sea of Ingenuity.

For French Canadian theatre director, Robert Lepage, the far side …

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March 04, 2018

Ambitious staging brings out the dead in bright unbearable reality

Adelaide Festival

Memorial
by Alice Oswald
Brink Productions
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 2. Tickets $30 – $79.
Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)
Until March 6.

Alice Oswald’s long poem, Memorial, published in 2011, is well-named. It is elegiac and unforgettable. She calls it an “excavation” and “a kind of oral cemetery.” It is a list of 215 names, taken from Homer’s Iliad, of soldiers who died in the Trojan War. With clinical …

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March 01, 2018

Compelling footy drama sinks the slipper into unexamined misogyny

Adelaide Festival 2018

In the Club
by Patricia Cornelius
State Theatre Company
Odeon Theatre, Norwood Parade, Adelaide.
February 27. Tickets: $34- $76. Bookings 131 246 or adelaidefestival.com.au.
Duration 90 minutes (no interval)
Until March 18.

Commenting on her play Love, written in 2003, the prolific and fearless playwright, Patricia Cornelius observed: “Love is a given. We all believe we will feel it one day. Most of the time it is represented in a rather crass and ludicrous package, but …

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