Community Theatre

LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘AWAY’ @ ST AIDAN’S CHURCH, LONGUEVILLE

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This  year is the 21st anniversary for the Lane Cove Theatre Company (LCTC). The Company is presenting three plays this year and their current production is a revival  of Michael Gow’s family drama AWAY, directed by Peter Farmer.

I have lost count as to how many times I have seen this play. AWAY has always been a stand-out, a play of enormous heart and warmth. Theatregoers are so easily able to relate to the struggles taking place within three families as  they take their summer vacation.  Continue reading LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘AWAY’ @ ST AIDAN’S CHURCH, LONGUEVILLE

EXIT LAUGHING @ THE GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE

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Paul Elliott’s play sees Mary, one of the bridge partners inconveniently die, but this does not stop the girls carrying on with their weekly bridge night at  Connie’s house.

The laugh-out-loud, more than a touch black comedy starts from the moment that her ashes suddenly arrive from the funeral home. Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham in the US, take on a new lease on life after Mary’s demise, and follow her advice that they ought to ‘exit laughing’.

If you enjoyed television’s GOLDEN GIRLS, then this play will have plenty of appeal. The alcohol fueled evening progresses, with more and more risqué dialogue. From beyond the grave, the recently departed Mary has a lot to say to her surviving friends. Continue reading EXIT LAUGHING @ THE GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune @ The Pavilion Theatre

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FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE is a two-character play by Terrence Mc Nally first performed off-Broadway in 1987 and then on Broadway in 2002/3. This tender and romantic comedy produced by Castle Hill Players engages the audience from start to finish.

McNally’s play focuses on two lonely, middle-aged people; Frankie a waitress, and Johnny a short-order cook, who work in the same restaurant. Very strong performances by the two actors, who have a wonderful on stage chemistry and rapport, are clearly directed by Peter Rhodes to ensure the lively evolution of their relationship. Continue reading Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune @ The Pavilion Theatre

4000 Miles @ The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill

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4000 MILES by Amy Hertzog was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2013 and received the Obie Award for Best New American Play 2012.

Herzog’s play tells a moving story focusing on the relationship between Leo and his feisty grandmother Vera. The cross-country bike trip of twenty something Leo, played with great feeling and depth by Cameron Hutt, ends when he arrives unannounced at 3am outside the door of his grandmother Vera’s West Village apartment. Why now?!

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Grease @ The Bryan Brown Theatre

Pink Ladies: Izzy Tilden(back), Stephanie Eid,Zoe Martino and Meagan Fitpatrick. Photo Ray Parkinson.
Pink Ladies: Izzy Tilden (back), Stephanie Eid, Zoe Martino and Meagan Fitpatrick. Production photos by  Ray Parkinson.

Bankstown Theatre Company (BTC) are currently celebrating the musical GREASE through a colourful and high energy revival. This 1950’s styled stage hit is familiar to many of us from the film release of 1978 starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and remains a favourite several generations of fans.

BTC follows the trend of recent stage revivals by including songs inserted for the film but not part of the original show by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. In this performance the 1950’s musical genres are presented with desirable style by the band. Audiences will recognise the title track ‘Grease’ as written by Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John’s chart hit ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ and ‘You’re the One That I Want’ from the film’s climax.

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Lane Cove Theatre Company’s Godspell @ St Aidan’s Hall

Production photos by Greg Piper
Production photos by Greg Piper

In their program and on-line, Lane Cove Theatre Company is lobbying the local council for a space to call home. After a 20 year commitment to community based work, it’s about their future. And from the work I saw on display in GODSPELL, their future is well worth supporting.

It’s not just the quality of the on-stage work; it’s also the friendly atmosphere and the large number of young people giving up their Friday night to support their family and friends.

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The Cemetery Club @ The Wyong Grove Theatre

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Whilst we are fortunate enough to be in a loving couple relationship we try to avoid thinking about what life would be like if we lost our trusted companion and lover. That is, losing not only a husband  but a life partner and trying to make a difficult or emotionally fraught transition to being a widow?  In the program notes Margaret Holdom, who plays the widow Ida, wrote a poignant tribute to her late husband Peter.

THE CEMETERY CLUB  written by New Yorker Ivan Menchell examines the way society is centred around coupledom and flounders around the advent of widowhood.  With Menchell’s play Ron Baker has taken on a challenging brief, and has excelled right down to the finer details of the script.

In his program note, Baker acknowledges the depth of research undertaken by every member of the cast to  authentically  recreate the New York characters. Continue reading The Cemetery Club @ The Wyong Grove Theatre

INTO THE WOODS @ Rockdale Town Hall

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Production photos by Andrew Croucher Photography

Rockdale Musical Society with a very well chosen cast, is revisiting this Sondheim classic, for the first time since its production in 1994.

How far would you go, to make your wish come true? INTO THE WOODS challenges our perceptions of what makes a fairy tale, by taking many of those well-remembered classic fairy tale characters (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk and many more) and sends them all into the woods, all at the same time. Continue reading INTO THE WOODS @ Rockdale Town Hall