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Why tamper with perfection? Chris Williams is an Australian playwright and journalist, who always enjoys Broadway Musicals when performed as written (i.e. direction, book, music, lyrics) . . .

SHIRLEY VALENTINE @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

I was a little wary before I went to see this latest show at the Ensemble. I’ve seen a few Shirley Valentine’s over the years, and like many have seen the very popular film version. I’m pleased to say that the freshness and naturalness of Sharon Millerchip’s performance made for not only a bearable but a very pleasurable night at the theatre.

Willy Russell’s well crafted mainstream play is cleverly divided into two very distinct two halves. In the first half we see the very frustrated Shirley complaining about her boring, married life in suburbia and being under the thumb of her lacklustre, rigid husband. After interval she has at least temporarily leaving behind her dull life. She is living it in Greece, and amongst other things having a brief but exciting affair with a very accomodating Greek guy called Kostas.

Mark Kilmurry’s direction is clear and to the point. Simone Romaniuk’s set and costume design are very effective. A highlight is the large ‘wallpaper’ postcard from a Greek island  which greets audiences when they take their seats after interval. Continue reading SHIRLEY VALENTINE @ THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN : GALACTIC SPACE ALIENS INSTEAD OF REDSKINS

Frank Butler (Clive Hobson) is a tall dashing and suave sharpshooter working in Buffalo Bill’s wild-west show. Annie Oakley (Suzanne Chin) is a backwoods woman, and this feisty country tomboy, is an incredible talent as a markswoman, who immediately falls completely head over heels in love for Frank. Continue reading ANNIE GET YOUR GUN : GALACTIC SPACE ALIENS INSTEAD OF REDSKINS