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December 01, 1991

Lieder of the Pack

1991

Cabaret

State Theatre Company

in association with the Australian Dance Theatre

Playhouse

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

The full credits for Cabaret are quite a mouthful – Book by Joe Masteroff, based on a play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Originally Produced and Directed on the New York Stage by Harold Prince. State’s Christmas knees-up production, in conjuction with ADT, has a cast of eight, a chorus of …

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Funny Money

Filed under: Archive,Comedy

1991

A Royal Commission into the Australian Economy

by John Clarke and Ross Stevenson

Space Cabaret

Susan Haynes/Allen and Unwin

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

John Clarke and Ross Stevenson conducted their first Royal Commission during the Melbourne Comedy Festival back in 1988 and it quickly became the hit show of the season. So when they set up a new inquisition- this time into the Australian Economy- it was certain to attract interest. All the same, it was a bold move …

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November 16, 1991

Setting the Scene

Filed under: Archive,Interviews

1991

Shaun Gurton talks with Murray Bramwell about his designs for the Adelaide Festival and the State Theatre Company’s final show for the 1991 season- Cabaret.

It has been a busy year for Shaun Gurton. Apart from designing five of this season’s productions, the Associate Director of the State Theatre Company went on a six week exchange to China. He also designed Mer de Glace, Richard Meale’s new work for the Australian Opera. His most recent projects have been designing …

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Setting the Scene

1991

Shaun Gurton talks with Murray Bramwell about his designs for the Adelaide Festival and the State Theatre Company’s  final show for the 1991 season- Cabaret.

It has been a busy year for Shaun Gurton. Apart from designing five of this season’s productions, the Associate Director of the State Theatre Company went on a six week exchange to China. He also designed Mer de Glace, Richard Meale’s new work for the Australian Opera. His most recent projects have been designing …

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November 01, 1991

Farce Forward

1991

A Flea in her Ear

by Georges Feydeau

State Theatre Company

Playhouse

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

In Feydeau it only needs one person to get a bee in his bonnet or a flea in her ear and it’s all va from then on. Like Labiche and Courteline, Feydeau’s farce is extra-marital, extra-mural and distinctly extra-curricular. But as with Keats’s mad pursuit and maidens loth, things are in a fairly permanent state of interruptus and the delinquent bourgeois, demented by …

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October 01, 1991

The Rough with the Smooth

Filed under: Archive,Music

1991

Joe Jackson
Thebarton Theatre
Coppel/SA-FM

Elvis Costello and
the Rude Five
Entertainment Centre
MTV/SA-FM

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Someone once said that after the Beatles made it big the pigeon-chested weaklings got all the best girls. That’s not entirely true – Buddy Holly had already made it despite his nerdy horn rims and so did English rockers like Adam Faith even though he, clearly, never ate his vegetables. In fact, the ectomorphs have ruled the earth since the beginnings …

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Resuscitated

1991

Jonah

Book and Lyrics by John Romeril

Music by Alan John

State Theatre Company

Space

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

It is not hard to see why John Romeril would be attracted to Jonah. With its temper democratic; bias offensively Australian, Louis Stone’s naturalistic tale of the Botany Road push, circa 1905, gathers around it many of the elements of Romeril’s own work. It is accessible and generous-hearted, a likeable yarn with a darkly  mythic logic.  The story of Jonah …

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September 08, 1991

Journeying to Capricornia

1990

The State Theatre Company production of Capricornia opens in the Playhouse tonight. Director, Kingston Anderson talks to Murray Bramwell about the process from novel to stage.

You might say that Kingston Anderson’s professional career has been dominated by a single word -Capricornia. This  point is not lost on him either. “Justine Saunders and I have a joke that we will meet in the street when we are eighty and say `When will you be doing Capricornia again?'”

Anderson was …

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September 01, 1991

A Sport’s Round-up

Filed under: Archive,Books

1991

Oval Dreams

Brian Matthews

McPhee Gribble

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Brian Matthews has written a fair swag of occasional pieces but I have two particular favourites. One is a conference paper on Australian poetry, which began with a droll account of his childhood in St Kilda, the other an essay, published in these very columns , on the subject of Channel Nine cricket. The former, written fifteen years ago, for me signalled new possibilities for academic writing. Yes, Virginia, …

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August 01, 1991

Encrustation

1991

King Golgrutha

by Stephen Sewell

State Theatre Company

Playhouse, July 1991.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

What has always distinguished Stephen Sewell is his wish to make theatre do things that most believe it can’t or shouldn’t do. When the collective concentration span is diminishing  he writes plays that run till eleven thirty, when it is prudent to be ironic he offers unabashed earnestness. Sewell breaks rules almost as if he doesn’t realise they exist with the consequence that he …

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