Comedy/ Cabaret/Revue etc

A LITTLE CABARET OF SELDOM HEARD TREASURES

This image: The Cast of A Little Cabaret
Featured image: Siobhan Clifford, Olivia Vasquez, Denise Devlin, & Embla Bishop
Production images: Christopher Starnawski (Omnes Photography)

A LITTLE CABARET is a fundraiser for Little Triangle’s November production of Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe’s THE WILD PARTY and its short run at the Sydney Fringe is pretty much sold out. With good reason.  There’s a commitment to excellence inside this little company that spills over the footlights in all their work. Staged or simply sung. Here we have seven gorgeous voices performing songs chosen with care to be interesting and unusual.  Celebrating the unsung is the publicity tagline and what a great program it turns out to be.

It’s just a lovely night to share with lovers of musical theatre as some songs ooze with familiarity and others are go-home-and-google offerings.  Directed by Alexander Andrews and accompanied by Conrad Hamill there are brief introductions “another woman sits at another bar alone” … “ A young wife has a secret.” Continue reading A LITTLE CABARET OF SELDOM HEARD TREASURES

WHARF REVUE 2018: DÉJÀ REVUE

They ask nothing of us.  No requirement for any depth of domestic political knowledge, no necessity to immerse in the Sturm und Drang of geopolitical border drawing and you don’t really even need to have a sense of humour either.  They do it for you, all of it…  THE WHARF REVUE 2018: DÉJÀ REVUE is an exercise in melding the patently obvious with the precisely targeted.  And it begins with some spectacular scarlet pantos and a very early “there’s always a fucken smartarse!

Despite his stunning velveteen fairy-tale-time suit, Buttons is a seriously cranky-pants host who knows his audience and is not afraid to insult them…  An hilarious beginning to tell the story of a Turnbullella who has lost his way until he drops something important at the ball.  The show will continue in panto mode, peppered with locals, for a while.  That is until a ripper of a scene change when a whole wide world of lampoon opens up to our embrace. Continue reading WHARF REVUE 2018: DÉJÀ REVUE

THE GAUNTLET – A SEA OF POLYPHONY

The Gauntlet Image: Amelia Found

A sea of sound washed over and around the audience as it swept up the internal stairs and circled in foyers of the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 1st September. THE GAUNTLET was being performed as part of the Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House September 1st and 2nd, 2018.

THE GAUNTLET has been described as an immersive choral experience in which the “lyrics” are formed from interviews with twenty of Sydney’s “interesting citizens” – social, political, cultural and environmental activists – about global, local and personal issues.
It is a tonal, musical, theatrical movement installation of Sydney stories performed by Sydneysiders however temporary that may be. Continue reading THE GAUNTLET – A SEA OF POLYPHONY

THE WHARF REVUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BIGGINS

 

Sydney Theatre Company’s production, THE WHARF REVUE,  2018, will kick off this year at Riverside Theatres from 13th to 15th September before touring across NSW, VIC and ACT.

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe, THE WHARF REVUE 2018 will present another glorious year of political satire – keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes!

Biggins and Forsythe will be joined on stage by Rachael Beck (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, TV’s It Takes Two and Hey Dad…!) and Douglas Hansell (TV’s Critical and Underbelly).

The Guide had the chance to chat with Jonathan about what we can expect.

SAG:  Jonathan, what can we expect? Continue reading THE WHARF REVUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BIGGINS

DEAR FUTURE HUSBANDS: PLAYING AS PART OF SYDNEY FRINGE COMEDY

Annisa Belonogoff‘s DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS will play during the Sydney Fringe Comedy.

DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS will showcase Annisa’s creative and imaginative comedic mind. The show focuses on the female logic of everything, from family, friends, dating, society, coffee and bathroom antics – nothing is off limits.

Annisa is nuts, crazy, some would say borderline insane with the number of things she does. Tired of trying to explain all her wacky, adventurous, outgoing, drama-queen like nature to potential dates, Annisa has decided to sum up her out of the box personality and country girl/Russian background in a fun show format.

NIDA graduate Annisa Belonogoff [Facebook] will be taking to the stage solo for  DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS as part of the Sydney Fringe Comedy season.

SWEATY PITS-PITY PARTY: SYDNEY DEBUT AT THE FRINGE

SWEATY PITS-PITY PARTY is making its Sydney debut!

Two friends peruse their dream of creating a sketch show that encapsulates their messages of equality, anger, and love…while still being silly buggers. But among the squirting citrus, the 80’s aerobics, and the magic mike strip routines, they realise their dreams might be a little out of reach.

Continue reading SWEATY PITS-PITY PARTY: SYDNEY DEBUT AT THE FRINGE

ERIN CORNELL OPENS HER TOUR AND WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY

Powerhouse Diva Erin Cornell  will be in concert in Sydney in August at intimate venue, Ginger’s.

Commencing here next month on the first leg of a global tour, ALL OF ME – AN EVENING WITH ERIN CORNELL is a spellbinding journey which will transcend musical genres – from Judy Garland to Ella Fitzgerald, Loreena Mackenitt to John Farnham, Sondheim to Annie Lennox, Schwartz to Queen, Lloyd Webber to Adele. Continue reading ERIN CORNELL OPENS HER TOUR AND WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY

ESTELLE ASTAIRE’S WOES AND WARES – ONE WOMAN TAKES THE LID OFF

Estelle takes the lid off her secrets … at the Tupperware party!

ESTELLE ASTAIRE’S WOES AND WARES is a one woman show written, directed, produced & performed by Bianca Seminara.

It is a dark comedy that explores the effects of a co-dependent and emotionally challenging mother-daughter relationship under the guise of a good, old-fashioned Tupperware party. Continue reading ESTELLE ASTAIRE’S WOES AND WARES – ONE WOMAN TAKES THE LID OFF

JACINTERVENTION: JACINTA GREGORY AT SCF

Jacinta Gregory is a musical comedienne and a person who makes terrible choices. So – she invites you – her closest family, friends, loved ones, and strangers – to her intervention.

Joined by a live band, she will be performing a variety of 80s pop ballads, musical numbers, sultry jazz songs – that cover in detail, all of the awful decisions that have led to this moment, while often veering off course to sing about getting a bev with the lads after work, or missing prime minister Harold Holt.

Grab yourself a refreshment, maybe a sausage roll, and join in awkward support – for this jacintervention. Last time we saw Gregory she was Jacintigrating (SAG Review) .

JACINTERVENTION will play as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival on Saturday 19th May 5.45pm.

PLUS ONE – MADDIE PARKER DEBUTS SOLO (WITH GUEST) AT SCF

It’s the box of chocolates principle … when you go to improv theatre you never know what you are going to get.    Maddie Parker’s improv show PLUS ONE has had a short run at the Sydney Comedy Festival.  Her Festival debut, the show is a nutty, chewy, sweet confection that leaves you wanting more.  It helps that she had a scene partner extraordinaire in Carlo Richie from The Bear Pack. Like cocoa and sugar, they swirl theatrically together in delicious ways for 50 minutes of fun. Continue reading PLUS ONE – MADDIE PARKER DEBUTS SOLO (WITH GUEST) AT SCF