All posts by Lynn Belvedere

Once we were old enough, my parents took the whole family to the Sydney CBD cinemas every week. Thus began a lifetime interest, in going to the cinema every week, and became a passionate cinephile by watching all those very heavily edited ''Australian Film Censorship Board'' true cinéaste versions of brand new release ''Cinematograph Films''. Greater Union always gave my father (who worked in Cinema Distribution Exhibition) guest double movie passes, to every first-night ''red carpet Opening Night'' at The State Theatre Cinema at 49 Market Street. Up until his death, my dad always received ''two house seats'' for every Opening Night performance events at the Theatre Royal SYDNEY and at Her Majesty's Theatre SYDNEY. As a child, when mum choose not to go, I often went with him, to those live performance events. As a young child, I remember being taken for each new show, at both The New Theatre at 60 Sussex Street, and the Phillip Street Theatre when located at 150 Elizabeth Street, and for classical music concerts at Sydney Town Hall.   Being happy is a choice, and I have always viewed my life, as material ready be made into a series of amazing tentpole movies. My New Years Resolution is kept every year: ''Get to see/review five new live theatre shows each week, and get to see/review six new cinema movies each week'', plus is one of the Australian Cinema Pioneers and apparently have seen far too much already, but always wanting to experience more and more each year. I am also able to do almost everything that I enjoy doing. Yes, I do have a great daytime job in I.T. as ''Software Design Project Manager'', PLUS each evening until quite late - playwright, writer, director, producer, arts/drama critic and judge, journalist, member FCCA & member AACTA accredited film reviewer-critic-writer, projectionist, plus an innovative iconoclast . . . LYNN BELVEDERE . . .

FACTORY SPACE THEATRE PRESENTS THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH @ THE STAR OF SEA THEATRE

This intimate production of MACBETH is performed both on stage, and in and around the audience, as we follow Macbeth’s twisted mental landscape as he kills all his rivals to capture the Crown.

Many actors believe that the play is cursed, and refer to the play as  “The Scottish Play”. As written, the play has a minimum of 40 characters, usually requiring a cast of 19 actors. Director Roz Riley has created her extraordinary vision of MACBETH with just ten actors, and each night there are  video-projected  images which are drawn live by E. Strange.

The three Weird Sisters (The Witches) constantly change costumes and demeanour, to magnificently deliver the bulk of the huge cast of characters. The production was beautifully staged with the tension palpable throughout  and the fine ensemble cast delivering consummate performances. Continue reading FACTORY SPACE THEATRE PRESENTS THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH @ THE STAR OF SEA THEATRE

PATRICIA CORNELIUS’ SHIT @ THE REGINALD THEATRE, SEYMOUR CENTRE

 

Patricia Cornelius’s fast-paced play SHIT is a compelling sixty minute theatre experience, charting the lives, of three very tough young women, Billy, Bobby and Sam. As abandoned children, these three marginalised girls found themselves moving hopelessly from one abusive foster home to the next.

They believe in different things :- one believes that unconditional love can only be found by birthing a child who will always love her. Another  had a baby when twelve years and they have become friends for life.

The play features adult themes, aggressive violence and brief nudity, with the very confronting use of explicit course language.   Continue reading PATRICIA CORNELIUS’ SHIT @ THE REGINALD THEATRE, SEYMOUR CENTRE

A RAVE REVIEW FOR ‘REEFER MADNESS’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

This was an astonishing juggernaut of great musical entertainment. It was full of catchy tunes with a young cast of pretty girls and handsome boys, always expounding the addictive dangers of the banned narcotic drug, known as the evil weed called Marijuana.

This was a delightful musical parody of the 1936 cult fake-news movie documentary. Concerned parents are lectured on the dangers of the new evil drug, Marijuana, that will turn all their virtuous teenagers into drug-addicted, sex-crazed, jazz music lovers, suffering from the munchies. Today on the cusp of global marijuana legalization and medical marijuana breakthroughs, and with the benefit of hindsight, this satirical musical provides hilarious hazy insights into our current political climate of  conservatism combined with bigotry. Continue reading A RAVE REVIEW FOR ‘REEFER MADNESS’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

FRONT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

“Music is a social activity. It’s done with others. Since, like, the dawn of time or some shit”

FRONT follows the unseen side of the Music Industry, and intense drama unfolds in rehearsal rooms, green rooms, on radio, on television, in recording studios, but especially including those one way discussions with the toughest record label executive, appearing directly from the gates of hell.

This was an original new Australian conceptual play, well acted with believable dialogue filled with both humour and pathos, that explores relationship issues within a new band. Refreshingly catering to today’s audience with its rock metal tunes, loud music, but well enjoyed by the opening night audience. Duration is a fast paced eighty minutes, with no interval.

Running from 28th June until 15 July 2017 at The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

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CAST
Vocals – Lincoln Vickery
Bass – Jack Angwin
Guitar – Charlie Falkner
Drums – Andreas Lohmeyer
Manager – Elle Harris
Multi Character – Mary Soudi

CREATIVES
Director/Writer/Composer – Michael Abercromby
Assistant Director – Charlotte Devenport
Designer – Shaynee Brayshaw
Produced by JackRabbit Theatre

PHOTOS by Tom Cramond

 

 

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

 

Production photography by Grant Lesley.

This was an unremittingly dark as well as entertaining  musical with Emma Taviani delivering a nuanced and compelling performance as Veronica Sawyer. As many will know this musical is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Director Meg Day has wisely cast three perfect, bright voiced women as the Three Heathers.  This was a moving and thought-provoking revenge musical containing confronting adult themes and blends enthralling drama with  sharp humour.

We meet HEATHER I and II and III. Veronica Sawyer is not part of the “in crowd”, and is trying to survive as hunted prey in the school jungle. She suddenly becomes part of the most popular mean girls clique at Westerberg High School, made up of these three bitches: Heather Duke, Heather McNamara and led by Heather Chandler.

Veronica Sawyer decides to get out of the snobby clique that is completely destroying her good-girl reputation and teams up with the new guy Jason Dean (J.D.), and he becomes her sociopathic lover who plots to murder the cliquey students.

The staging and set design were both exceptional, and the huge ensemble cast went to town with Laurence O’Keefe’s and Kevin Murphy’s lyrics, making for an awe-inspiring and extraordinary evening.  

Miranda Musical Society’s production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL opened at the Sutherland Memorial School Of The Arts ​21-23 ​East Parade​, ​Sutherland on Friday 16th June and is playing until 25th June. The venue is located near the railway station car park.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director:- Meg Day

Musical Director:- Joshua Ransom​

Choreographer:- Tracey Blankenship

CAST

Veronica Sawyer = Emma Taviani

Jason Dean (J.D.) = Daniel Cullen

Heather Chandler = Tanya Boyle

Heather McNamara = Jess Farrell

Heather Duke = Steph Josifovski

Martha Dunnstock = Elle Zattera

Ram Sweeney = Daniel O’Connell

Kurt Kelly = Jay Cullen

​Ram’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad = Brad Facey

Ms Flemming/Veronica’s Mum = Michele Lansdown

​Kurt’s Dad / Big Bud Dean = Garth Saville.

 

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WAYNE TUNKS ‘BITCH’ @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Tunks’ play is about the dysfunctional Post family and their friends, everyone has unresolved issues, their attitudes reveal the dark sides of just another typical Caucasian Australian family.

It is a confronting message piece, LGBT life is a bitch w hen you choose denial.

Ultimately it is a very satisfying drama about self-interest and personal trauma, filled with adult cynicism carefully blended with casual discrimination, racism and homophobia, including brutality, appropriate language and some violence. There  are sympathetic performances, that were always tempered with pathos and humour.

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JON ROBIN BAITZ’ ‘OTHER DESERT CITIES’@ ARTS THEATRE CRONULLA

 

This is sharply observed dark comedy about people maintaining their false façades. It is a a stunning script by Jon Robin Baitz containing an unexpected outcome.

The whole family is visiting at the wealthy Wyeth’s family home, located in Palm Springs California on Christmas Eve 2004. Daughter Brooke has just written a politically and emotionally dangerous memoir about her life, her parents and the tragic loss of her older brother.  Her memoir sends shockwaves through the family.

Polly and Lyman Wyeth are old-guard Republicans, highly regarded in old Hollywood circles. Recently released from rehab, Polly’s sister Silda, is also living with them, and is a politically active Democrat. Continue reading JON ROBIN BAITZ’ ‘OTHER DESERT CITIES’@ ARTS THEATRE CRONULLA

HOTEL COOLGARDIE : A PROVOCATIVE NEW AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY

Pete Gleeson’s  HOTEL COOLGARDIE depicts a real life Australian working holiday misadventure of two Finnish women, Lena and Steph, as a result of  being robbed of all of their holiday savings in Bali.

The duo get an authentic outback experience, working for three months as under-trained bartenders at the Denver City Hotel, the only pub in the remote and isolated gold mining town of Coolgardie in Western Australia, some  500 kilometres east of Perth.

The two young women are considered willing prey, and relentlessly have to say no to every verbal request for sex as they  fight off aggressive, unwarranted sexual advances from the hot-blooded and permanently drunk male clientele.

Australian Responsible Service of Alcohol laws are continuously ignored by the hotel licensee and the hotel staff. The drunken locals display obvious signs of excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol poisoning, the sure signs being talking loudly, coarsely, incessantly and with heavily slurred speech.

Continue reading HOTEL COOLGARDIE : A PROVOCATIVE NEW AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY

TALKING TO TERRORISTS BY ROBIN SOANS @ KING STREET THEATRE

 

British playwright Robin Soan’s play was first performed on 21st April 2005 at the Theatre Royal in Suffolk, England.

It is  a strong and confronting work of Verbatim Theatre. Every word spoken has come from the mouths of real people, from very different vantage points . . . terrorist, perpetrator, hostage, victim, politician, journalist, peacemaker. Christians, Sunni and Shia Muslims, IRA, Kurd, NRA, the British Army, Foreign Office, relief-worker, and psychologist.

Nine actors portray some twenty-eight characters. Soans’ play provides eye-opening insights, and is a rewarding exploration of many opposing points of views in the most pressing issue  that the world currently has to deal with.                      Continue reading TALKING TO TERRORISTS BY ROBIN SOANS @ KING STREET THEATRE

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘SWEENEY TODD’ @ THE STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

This was a hugely entertaining musical that enthrals the audience with its depravity, its fabulous lyrics together and the brilliant performances by all the leads and the large ensemble.

This dark story of hatred, is a unique musical and a revenge thriller, with multiple murders delivering so much blood and gore from each throat slitting.  The musicals’ dark themes include a young woman being raped, and a mother and daughter being wrongfully committed to an institution. Just what you expect from the City Of London in that era?!

Benjamin Barker was a barber in 19th-century London, an expert with the cut-throat razor, and was transported to an Australian penal colony by Judge Turpin.  Fifteen years later, and now named Sweeney Todd (Paul Nicholson), Barker moves into his old shop above the pie shop owned by Mrs. Lovett  (Miriam Rihani).

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WILLY RUSSELL’S CLASSIC ‘EDUCATING RITA’ SPARKLES @ THE DEPOT

 

Frank Bryant (David Jeffrey) has become a tutor, for an Open University English Literature course, entirely just for the money. He is an older middle-class professor, a career academic, and a high-functioning alcoholic, who had ambitions to be a great poet and is bored with his University job of teaching undergraduate English Literature. His first student Rita White (Emily McGowan) struts into his book-filled office.

Rita is an unhappy married hairdresser, down-to-earth and excessively talkative but often rambling, and now aged 26 years, she needs freedom and is driven to dedicate herself to receiving all of the education, that she failed to receive in school.

Rita brings all of her under-educated blunt honesty, to loudly challenge Frank’s deep intellect and limitless knowledge of literature. Each inspires the other to become more alive, and better live their lives. Socially inept Rita believes that she is trapped by her working class life and her husband, and the theme of identity emerges, because she changed her birth name from Susan to Rita. Rita believes that studying literature for twelve months, will give her the worldly knowledge that she needs to grow as a person.

Playwright Willy Russell has sleekly styled EDUCATING RITA with realistic character-driven dialogue, providing the perfect balance of humour and poignancy. The play is fast paced, dialogue intensive 120 minutes of theatre entertainment, full of purpose, comedy and pathos, as these two people, learn more about each other, the class system, and the many shortcomings of institutionalised education systems.                 Continue reading WILLY RUSSELL’S CLASSIC ‘EDUCATING RITA’ SPARKLES @ THE DEPOT

SEX OBJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SEX OBJECT, Charlie Falkner (Ben), Andrew Hearle (Gustav), Grace Victoria (Kate), Charlotte Devenport (Ron).
SEX OBJECT, Charlie Falkner (Ben), Andrew Hearle (Gustav), Grace Victoria (Kate), Charlotte Devenport (Ron).     

Comedy great, Les Dawson famously said “My wife is a sex object. Every time I ask for sex, she objects.”

SEX OBJECT is an absolute joy, gloriously funny, quite wonderful, and is a highly entertaining brand new Australian comedy. SEX OBJECT is exactly and precisely all about her one reason why their six month fully sexual relationship has now evaporated into “My girlfriend is a sex object. Every time her boyfriend asks her for sex . . . she objects.” Beautifully directed by Michael Abercromby, with an excellent cast of four superb actors, each with perfect comedy timing.       Continue reading SEX OBJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Alan Ayckbourn’s A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL is a play within a play, a dark and intricate comedy, concerned with the Pendon’s Amateur Dramatics Society, situated in a smallish British town.

The actors life off stage is filled with  clever political and business intrigue as well as sexual shenanigans and resultant jealousy.

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Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt @ Depot Theatre Marrickville

 

It was a pleasure to experience this delicious and entertaining new play featuring six well-drawn, strong characters played by a good all-female cast.

Monica Zanetti’s play delivers a touching lesbian romantic comedy, blended with LGBT political history, and is an important message piece about respecting sexual minorities. It also touches on the inaction of police and  their reluctance to investigate LGBT murders.

Ellie’s mother has provided a litany of lies to protect Ellie from the whole truth about her lesbian Aunt Amber’s sudden death.  Ellie, the goody goody School Captain has fallen in love with Abbie a girl from her history class. Ellie, in fact, is getting the ‘ghostly’ counsel of her deceased Aunt to navigate the intricacies of her first lesbian affair. Continue reading Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt @ Depot Theatre Marrickville

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)

 

 

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)

“The Smurfs” (2011) was the first film in the current franchise, and was quickly followed by the very successful “The Smurfs 2” (2013), and both were hybrids skillfully combining a live-action universe with a digitally animated CGI characters.

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is the latest film in the smurfs franchise, this time is fully digitally animated, and presents a brand new take on the Smurfs, and as experienced at the media screening, yet again SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is a huge hit with very young children and their parents, with magnificent voice talents attached to the cast, and this is a very child-friendly kids fantasy movie for three-to-nine-year-olds.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST @ ZENITH THEATRE Chatswood

 

 

Gwendolyn Fairfax:- “I always take my diary with me when I go on trains. I need something sensational to read”.

OUTATOWNTHEATRE presents its first production at Chatswood. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is the three act version of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 masterful comedy of British Society and its manners, and is set in 1895 with excellent attention to detail on every costume. Oscar Wilde’s rapid fire entertainment is expertly directed by Allan Walpole.

“The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, was first performed on Thursday 14th February 1895, at the St. James’s Theatre in London. The comedy plot concerns Mistaken Identity, Love Triangles, Etiquette, and a somewhat large black leather hand-bag (however this version has a carpet-baggers hand-bag).

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WICKED presented by MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY @ SUTHERLAND


WICKED presented by MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY @ SUTHERLAND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

WICKED is a musical prequel to The Wizard Of Oz. The clever storyline covers the years before Dorothy’s arrival in the wonderful Land Of Oz. We experience the unlikely but profound friendship, and the extraordinary adventures of a quite misunderstood green girl named Elphaba (Emma Taviani), and the blonde and very popular Galinda/Glinda (Misha Williamson).

We follow their fateful journey, that leads them to both fulfill their destinies, one to become the “Wicked Witch of the West” and the other will become “Glinda The Good Witch”.

The citizens of The Land Of Oz are celebrating the death of the Wicked Witch, when Glinda appears. The musical continues as an extended flashback of the lives of these two women, from the moment they first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University.

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GRAND FINAL WEEKEND FOR SHORT AND SWEET FESTIVAL @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

After more than two months of heats 120 Short and Sweet plays and over 700 actors, writers and directors, this ingenious and very short play festival, is coming to an end. The winning plays are in competition at the Depot Theatre  this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The  winners in the various categories will be announced at the end of Saturday night’s performance.

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STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS IN SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME

 

STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS in Sydney
STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS in Sydney

“Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.” – Constantin Stanislavski.   

Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, California. The school offers extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television.

The Stella Adler Technique grew out of Ms Adler’s personal work with Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting.
With a lifetime of experience, the Stellar Adler acting technique, has been studied by Hollywood stars like Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo.

Short and Sweet Sydney offered two exclusive Stella Adler Master Classes to festival-goers.                            Continue reading STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS IN SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME

SHORT+SWEET PEOPLES CHOICE FINAL 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Eight plays were selected by audiences, during the eight weeks of Top80 S+S heats.

Every week Short and  Short audiences voted for just one play to make the People’s Choice Final held this weekend, both on Saturday and Sunday evening.

The play voted winner of the People’s Choice finals gets to compete in the Short and Sweet Grand Final next weekend.

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FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

During the eight weeks of S+S heats, Festival Director Wayne Tunks has picked one S+S play each week which displayed excellence in writing, directing, acting and team work.

This week those eight S+S plays now have their own final, on Thursday March 9 and Friday March 10 at 7.30pm

This is a fierce competition, because one play, will be chosen to go to the S+S Gala Final the following week.

Beard (Week 1)

ITC presented by Viridescent

Written by Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter / Directed by Lawrence Dooley

Cast: Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter

Beard
Beard

Praying the gay away. The need to pretend to be, what parents incorrectly want. Both ignoring aversion therapy, boy meets girl, and the girl offers to be his beard, to misleadingly prove that the weeks of treatment actually works.

T3 Trojan (Week 2)

ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Judith Duncan

Cast: Karishma Mathur

T3 Trojan
T3 Trojan

Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind. Blindfolded and kept in an execution cell, and a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. The twist ending was inspired, and brilliantly original.                Continue reading FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET QUEER LGBTQI 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Curated by Festival Director Wayne Tunks, this was presented as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2017 and the Sydney Mardi Gras 2017.

The plays featured in this brief season taking place on Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March at 7.30 pm, featured the very best QUEER LGBTQI plays from the Short+Sweet 2017 Season.

(1) – Dress Ups

ITC presented by Grinning Shark Productions

Written and Directed by Graham Yates

Dress Ups
Dress Ups

Drama unfolds, with the games people play with their lives, piece by piece, as the mask gradually fades away, the world of terror within is revealed. Superb and compelling performance by Garreth Cruikshank.

(2) – Queerachy

Written by Zoe Brinnard / Directed by Megan Shooter

Cast: Rebecca Abdel-Messih, Alana Birtles, Wayne Dawson and Zed Norrie

Queerachy
Queerachy

Message comedy at the disco, out for a night of fun, two lesbians and two gays. Every day is S.S.D.D. and important to remember that we are all people. Discrimination males against females, taking exception to the disc-jockey at the venue not being male. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET QUEER LGBTQI 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK EIGHT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

This is the final week of Top80 S+S heats. Festival Director Wayne Tunks has made good use of the wall of props on display each week, and finally someone found a magnificent use for the shovel. Selected superb theatre pieces, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays out of the twelve plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with rap chess prequel, drama, comedy, time travel, true love, chance love, and a resonating vibrator challenge.

Week Eight Plays: March 1-5 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)

(1) – The Bridge

ITC Presented by Mega Theatre Productions

Written by Jayaprakash Kulur / Directed by Sreejith Gangadharan

Cast: Sreejith Gangadharan, Nithin Balakrishnan

The Bridge
The Bridge

A guard enforces NO fishing on bridge. Drama entirely spoken in unintelligible gibberish (spoken in a meaningless nonsense language that no one understands) eventually the fisher-person teaches the guard how to fish.

(2) – Judgement Days

ITC Presented by Mockingbird

Written by Carl J Sorheim / Directed by Chris Baldock

Judgement Days
Judgement Days

Short story comedy monologue, starring Nick Steain. Audience participation and comedy one-liners, as cocaine driven humour becomes drama, along his journey of discovery towards his redemption. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK EIGHT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK SEVEN @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Festival Director Wayne Tunks has selected superb theatre pieces, from the best of the best scripts on offer. Recommended, with amazing and well chosen plays on the stage, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays. Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with twelve brand new short plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with drama, satire, comedy. time travel, time police, office politics, revenge murder, dementia, George Brandis, afterlife, anniversaries versus aliens, and a resonating vodka experience.

(1) – The Lifecycle of Refrigerators

Written by Nataliya Oryshchuk / Directed by Adam Grubner

Cast: Graham Egan, Luke Evans, Rizcel Gagawanan, David Luke and Sonja Ridden

The Lifecycle of Refridgerators
The Lifecycle of Refridgerators

Over-the-top administration team meeting, dealing with the loneliness of refrigerators provided comedy moments, and included ironic team discussions about community gardens growing food for the homeless, stress relief by using adult colouring books, and befriending dangerous strangers, i.e. the homeless.

(2) – Ten Minutes on a Train Platform

ITC Presented by Mariposa Productions

Written by Felix Carlyle / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald

Ten Minutes on a Train platform
Ten Minutes on a Train platform

Christine Aldridge (Fiona) begins to fear for her life, as ADHD hyper-talkative Isaac Owen (Gerald) menacingly steals her iPhone, with more twists to follow. Perfect cast with beautifully written drama, concerns female personal safety issues not being provided late at night, by video security surveillance. Intense drama between two strangers, unfolds on the platform at Lines End Railway Station.

(3) – Island Journey

ITC Presented by Rainbow Connections Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Uma Kali Shakti

Cast: Veena Sudarshan

Island Journey
Island Journey

Cultural expectations with inherent limitations, preventing life-affirming growth. Intensive one woman monologue, on the path to closure, takes a trajectory through grief and loss, against the background of a fixed belief system.

(4) – A Bottle of Vodka

Written by Connie Schinewolf

A bottle of Vodka
A bottle of Vodka

Alcoholics, Liz Hovey (Judy) and Mark Fowler (Will) are two very-drunk drivers who just arrived in hell, because their cars have just crashed by colliding head-on, on Parramatta Road. Comedy one-liners, generated laughter galore. Perfect cast, delicious dialogue to make you “laugh out loud”, and expertly directed Larry Kelly. An unopened bottle of Grey Goose Vodka tempts both, but painful force-field barrier prevents access. Alcohol withdrawal creates dialogue, as these strangers by spending some time together, discover their similarities, leading to a hellish conclusion.

(5) – The Search

Written by Michael Panes / Directed by Isabel Dickson

The Search
The Search

One year marriage anniversary, of course her scientist husband, Adnan Zey (Gerry) has forgotten, thus making her even more unhappy with her alien finding husband. As a devout catholic Emily Potts (Sandra), can not divorce him. So much comedy, so little time. Alien analogue broadcast transmissions received from 6EQJ5 by SETI, create the comedy path to ruin and divorce.

(6) – Mary Twist

Written and Directed by Mikayla Hatjinikitas

Cast: Izzy Hanly, Damian Asher, Mark Herrison, Indiana Rubin-Tasic, Paris Galanos and Russell Kay

Mary Twist
Mary Twist

Fresh clever comedy and suffragette message piece, created by sixteen year old playwright Mikayla Hatjinikitas. Time Travel from the Victorian Era, to the far more welcoming world of 2016. YOLO and SWAG confirm the destination year. Inventor’s daughter uses her father’s Time Travel Machine, to escape from the tyranny of being only permitted to cook, to clean and to constantly birth babies every nine months.

(7) – At Home With Larry & George

Written by Gavin Roach / Directed by Amber Wilcox

At home with Larry and George
At home with Larry and George

Edgy adult themes, throughout this stunningly extreme lifestyle comedy. So is this Art or Design? Graphic Adult B&D fetish comedy. Reilly Johnson (Larry the Gimp) is the submissive male, living in a dog-house, with Garreth Cruikshank (George) his master, who is forever on the “endless quest for excellence”. As the politician in charge of choosing recipients of Arts Council grants, to create his “Center of Excellence”, this politician is going to personally use all the money intended for the arts community.

(8) – The Accident

ITC Presented by Marko Mustac Productions

Written By Marko Mustac / Directed by Jenny Hope

Cast: Marko Mustac and Lou Pollard

The Accident
The Accident

The strong coarse language content of this play, is completely inappropriate for all children. There are so many Bad and Disrespectful witty one-liners, however my favourite line is when the husband says to his wife “I don’t hate women you c*nt”. Offensive Explicit Language is used creatively and effectively, to metamorphosize this dialogue intensive drama, into a black ironic comedy masterpiece. Dysfunctional couple in a long-term relationship are both cheating on their marriage partner, however their love for each other is a brightly burning fire, that burns down everything that it sees, and are a car crash away from dying. Perfectly cast couple, have so many memorable twisted lines of biting dialogue, this elegantly constructed play delivers outstanding artistry.

(9) – Time Squad

ITC Presented by Black Box Theatre Co.

Written by Alexander Cuff

Cast: Bradley Ward, Alex Groombridge, Sam Sweeting and Sam Lovell

Time Squad
Time Squad

Riotous fun as two Time Travelling Police Agents, constantly provide comedy “time one-liners” as they meet and greet with their criminal future versions of themselves. Will these four Time Travelling Police Agents, solve the Predestination Paradox to stop time unravelling? Luke Berman has expertly directed, nine minutes of never ending audience laughter, arriving from an eager and ultra appreciative audience, that clearly placed this comedy, well ahead of the pack for audiences voting for comedies.

(10) – Wheelchair

Written by Scott Mullen / Directed by Diane Busuttil

Cast: Paul Kohn and Latisha Owens

Wheelchair
Wheelchair

Strangers in a park. Disabled woman in a wheelchair, meets man in park, and they begin making insane bets about the future behaviour of other people in the park. Interesting comedy becomes very dark drama, with unexpected conclusion, expertly delivered.

(11) – Not Toilet Trained

ITC Presented by Seat of the Pants Productions

Written and Directed by Ruth Fringret

Not Toilet Trained
Not Toilet Trained

Superb cast choices selected by director Ruth Fringret. Delicious dementia comedy, quickly builds effective back stories into each character, via music lyrics used as dialogue. The undeserving absent son Greg, returns home to visit his quite elderly parents. Sandra Campbell (Mum) urgently needs help managing her husband, Valentino Arico (Dad) however their ungrateful son Lewis Scamozzi (Greg) and is not accepting of any of the challenges, of the dementia related life lessons, now unfolding.

(12) – Mexican Stand Off

Written by Sally Bartley / Directed by Spike Hogan

Cast: Tristan Clarke, Isabel Dickson, Peter Maple and Jaime Ureta

Mexican Stand Off
Mexican Stand Off

“Democracy when solely determined by a slim majority, is usually nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people have voted to steal away all of the rights of the other 49%”. Message piece, dialogue driven comedy with drama at a Wanderers soccer match. Class warfare from the have-nots (Chas and Gaz) against the haves (Gerry and Marlin). The paradigm, that rules must be broken, that deviant behaviour is expected, and that mob rule involving both violence and intimidation, is always the behaviour expected at soccer.

All photos by Robert Miniter.

Week Seven Plays: February 22-26 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30 pm)

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

Website:   : http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-sydney-0
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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK SIX @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Live theatre is the best medicine, and Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with eight brand new plays this week, interesting and moving and resonating. Well chosen selection of emotional and thought provoking themes with chess, drama, satire, comedy and dance. Quite impossible to pick just the one winner.

(1) – Broadband Blues

Written and Directed by Geoff McCubbin

Cast: David Humphrey, Fran Bosly-Craft, Mark Smith, Anton Baggerman

Broadband Blues
Broadband Blues

Each NBN company provides rhyming verse constant comedy delight, as both Wilma and Fred try to get each NBN company to actually provide a human being to answer the telephone. You would have to be absolutely crazy to sign up with the NBN. Of course there is no support, and there never is any offer of competitive pricing, because every company that is not Telstra, offer the exact same price, for the exact same deal.

(2) – Compos Mentis

Written by Marilyn Millstone / Directed by Patrick Matijevic

Cast: Aileen Beale, Graham Egan and Denise Kitching

Compos Mentis
Compos Mentis

We visit Silver Glades Senior Living, nine minutes of excellent comedy ensues, full of guile, as both Robert and Alese deliberately fail the induction interview.

(3) – The Last

Written by Bokkie Robertson / Directed by Chantelle Corbet

Cast: Alex Hatz and Milica Pajic

The Last
The Last

Nuclear winter following nuclear war, drama as there is now only one human being still alive on Planet Earth, and he enters into a lively conversation and emotional reflection, with the soon to be unemployed “Grim Reaper”.

(4) – Out of the Woods

ITC Presented by Everyday Monster

Starring / Written / Directed by Brenton Amies and Cam Ralph

Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods

Incredible dark comedy, of two former Children’s Television Hosts who were “Hooly Dooly”, now meet to resolve their past issues. However one actor has unresolved anger management issues, and is still costumed and still speaking as “The Fluffy Bear” and many other bizarre issues urgently need to be addressed.

(5) – Freestyle Pawn Stars

ITC Presented by e4 Productions

Written by Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson and Ziggy Tockuss / Directed by Dudley Levell

Cast: Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson, Ziggy Tockuss and Mark Longhurst

Freestyle Pawn Stars
Freestyle Pawn Stars

Audience participation, the play was an impressive chess game with completely improvised and clever hip hop rap infused dialogue. Every night the brave cast risks all, by randomly trying to find someone from the audience who admits to playing the game of chess. Opening Night volunteer Karl was given black, and chose each of his moves quite badly, to quickly find himself on the losing side in a very fast checkmate, via witty rhythm, rhyme, riffs and freestyle rap. Heaps of applause, a fresh delight that was interesting and precocious, and resonated with the audience.

(6) – My Name is Lucinda

ITC Presented by Backstage Pass

Written and Directed by Lisa Kelaher

My Name is Lucinda
My Name is Lucinda

Margareta Moir stars as Catherine, telling a perfectly structured, short story monologue all about her life. As a child the simplicity of Catherine the introvert, enjoying all those John Wayne westerns of daytime television, and she decides her life is so much better as the driven “Wild West” extrovert Lucinda. Delivered everything a play should be, Margareta Moir did a beautiful job of providing the wonderful duality of the role, in a superb and winning performance on Opening Night.

(7) – Killjoy

ITC Presented by Imprint Theatre Company (Company Devised Script)

Cast: Wendi Lanham, Laurence Nelmes, Martin Quinn, Rebecca Waters, Kate Vozella and Annie Thorold

Killjoy
Killjoy

Three couples suffering in style through their pain, and these six actors give their all on the boards, with no safety net to save them, and strongly deliver a talented volatile fight for their vision, with stage art versus stage business. Music, physicality, silence, mime, dialogue, with choreographed dance and movement, the cast provide extraordinary power and strength in their performance. As with all theatre art, because we all have non-identical life experiences, what you see is always subject to differing interpretations, hence the exact same play, could also be experienced as just two people with relationship pain, represented by all six actors.

(8) – Ice Cream Mafia

Written by Vee Malnar / Directed by Thomas Richards

Cast: Jay Duncan, Erick Guanlao, Jasper Musgrave and Meili Bookluck

Ice Cream Mafia
Ice Cream Mafia

Comedy erupts when the local mafia, decide to take over a sensational ice-cream brand, that has been destroying their ice-cream business.

Week Six Plays: February 15-19 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)

All photos by Robert Miniter.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top80 Week SIX, runs from Wednesday 15th February 2017 to Sunday 19th February 2017.

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

Website:   : http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-sydney-0
Facebook:   https: //facebook.com/shortsweetsydney
Twitter:   @ShortSweetFest
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