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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

What Is The Matter With Mary Jane? @ Reginald Theatre

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Gabrielle Savrone as the distraught anorexia nervosa sufferer Mary Jane. Production pics by Jodie Hutchinson

Over the  course of Wendy Harmer’s play, written with Sancia Robinson, we find out all about what is wrong with Mary Jane. She is having one hell of a battle with the disease, anorexia nervosa.

The play only goes for sixty minutes but it is a harrowing hour, seeing a  young woman’s life thrown into chaos. Every time she gets something out of the fridge she has this enormous dialogue with herself as to whether she can justify eating the piece of food that she has selected.

Then there’s the phone call from a friend asking her to come out with a group to have some pizza. Everybody loves pizza! We (the audience) can feel  the internal anguish that Mary Jane goes through in coming to her decision which is always going to be 200% No. Continue reading What Is The Matter With Mary Jane? @ Reginald Theatre

Triassic Parq @ The Reginald Theatre Seymour Centre

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Production photos by Michael Francis’Every Picture Tells A Story’, and this shot of the cast of TRIASSIC PARK vamping it up and gyrating around in outrageous costumes pretty much tells the story of this latest Squabbalogic production.

As Rod Stewart used to sing in his classic early days, ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ and this photo of the cast of TRIASSIC PARQ vamping it up, gyrating everywhere, and outrageously made up and dressed up pretty much tells the story of this latest Squabbalogic production.

TRIASSIC PARQ – lyrics and book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo with music by Marshall Pailet – is a rarely performed piece that premiered at the 2010 New York Independent Fringe Festival.     Continue reading Triassic Parq @ The Reginald Theatre Seymour Centre

The Credaux Canvas @ The Reginald

Carmen Duncan delivers a memorable performance as
Carmen Duncan delivers a memorable performance as the elegant art dealer Tess

Sex. Lies. Art. How far would you go to achieve your dreams?

A blistering contemporary tale of love, twisted morals , deception and intrigue, Keith Bunin’s (The World Over, The Busy World  Is Hushed) THE CREDAUX CANVAS originally premiered in 2001.  This  excellent revival, directed by Ross McGregor,  blazes intimately forth from the Reginald at the Seymour Centre.

The play is in four scenes, somewhat cinematic in style, and features a biting, witty script. The work brings to mind other plays about the art world, Yasmina Reza’s Art and David Williamsons Up For Grabs?

Those of us who have been to art school are at home with the ‘art speak’ critique and analysis of paintings necessarily part of this show. Other theatre patrons may struggle a little. Continue reading The Credaux Canvas @ The Reginald

2014 Sydney Arts Guide Stage & Screen Awards

Bell Shakespeare's WINTERS TALE  2014 winner - Best stage production
Bell Shakespeare’s WINTERS TALE  2014 winner – Best stage production

 

Sydney Arts Guide is a key part of stage and film culture, and exists to celebrate the art of performance, in theatres and cinemas.

2014 was a year of amazing diversity, and our twenty accredited specialist reviewers, were all spoiled for choice in the quality of the live theatre performances to be experienced in the City of Sydney, and the suburbs of Sydney.

As the old adage goes, “live theatre is not dead theatre, as there is a different performance to be experienced every night”. Our team of professional reviewers, have each nominated their personal preferences for both theatre and cinema. A small number of movies were nominated out of the hundreds of cinema films that were seen during the last twelve months.

At the end of another outstanding year for the arts in Sydney, on Wednesday 31st December 2014, Sydney Arts Guide announced its 2014 awards in these Stage and Screen categories:-

Continue reading 2014 Sydney Arts Guide Stage & Screen Awards

O’Malley @ The Reginald

Photo: Afshar Hodar
Photo: Afshar Hodar

In Act Two of THE LEGEND OF KING O’MALLEY the main character strikes trouble trying to charm his way into the early 1900’s Labor Party. The devil on his shoulder advises him, “Less matter, more art”. That’s what he does to win them over. This set my theatrical brain to wondering … should this restaging of a silly and powerful work, balance matter and art or should it strive to be one or the other?!

Based on a possibly, somewhat, could have happened in parts kind of truth, the show tells us of King O’Malley. A Tasmanian politician elected to the Australian Parliament, O’Malley so obfuscated his origins that maybe he did sell his soul to the devil as we see in the first few scenes of the play. Continue reading O’Malley @ The Reginald

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL

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Just when you thought almost every genre of novel from literary periods various had been adapted to film or the musical theatre stage, along comes CARRIE: THE MUSICAL. This Australian premiere presents the event which from its first version in 1988 has taken the challenge of bringing well-known themes from Stephen King’s first novel and the popular 1976 film version to the musical stage.

A solid team of creatives first helped this story resonate and levitate above the high school gym, home and prom decorations. So too, the Squabbalogic and Critical Stages production teams present this piece as a relevant entertainment which is accessible and satisfying.

Lovers of Stephen King’s damaged and broodingly dark characters will not be disappointed with Hilary Cole’s stage presence and vocal delivery as Carrie White. Her scenes with religious-zealot mother, Margaret (the always impressive Margi de Ferranti) are very rewarding.

A well-cast and drilled ensemble of stock student and teacher characters provide a charged and familiar US high school feel. Dialect work is mostly consistent in each character and scene to the required American region and the interesting score is comfortably sung. Shondelle Pratt’s choreography is economical but clever and refreshing in its expression of youth. As with all delivery and design in this version of the musical, cliché and the potential for elements being hysterically overdone are thankfully avoided.

This edgy and effective musical deserves the support of Sydney audiences. Its version does not contain weak moments or less than genuine performances, with many of the stars emerging from local performing arts schools.

For generations exposed first hand to the Stephen King franchise or not, this musical offers a sufficiently spellbinding list of musical numbers supported by a great contemporary band and slick special effects. When choosing your theatre outfit, please remember-white splatters…

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL is playing the Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre until Saturday November 30.