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I spoke to an excited director Dino Dimitriadis who has just begun rehearsals for James Elazzi’s play LADY TABOULI.

Elazzi’s  play is a family comedy drama. This particular family is Lebanese : mother Dana, daughter Josephine and son Danny, together with Danny and Josephine’s uncle Mark have come  together for baby Charbel’s christening. Danny has agreed to be the baby’s godfather.

“It’s a fascinating play, It looks at how some people will do anything to uphold the traditions of their religion/culture. It makes them feel good and strong. Other people feel that the traditions hold them back and strive to break from them and make their own path in the world. It’s this clash that is at the heart of the play.”, Dimitriadis said.

“The playwright is Lebanese and he has written a very authentic story. Elazzi  knows his characters intimately and charts the intergenerational conflict well.  

“There have been a lot of plays about the migrant experience. Most of them focus on the struggles of the new migrant, choosing to leave their old country behind them and starting out again in a new country with very little. Elazzi’s play looks at the next generation and how they are dealing with growing up with both the old and new cultures,.” Dimitriadis said

Dimitriadis has brought  together a good cast for the show. Antony Makhlouf is to play the lead character Danny. His sister Josphine will be played by Nisrine Amine. Deborah Galanos plays their domineering mother Dana. Mark, Danny and Josephine’s uncle is to be played by Johnny Nasser.

His creative team : production designer Jonathon Hindmarsh, lighting designer Benjamin Brookman and sound designer Benjamin Pierpoint will also hold him in goos stead.

James Elazzi’s LADY TABOULI is playing the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, as part pf the Sydney Festival,  between Thursday 9th January (preview) and Saturday 18th January.  









This is the Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s first commissioned work. The Company wanted to put together a play that responded to the #MeToo movement that originally came out of America. The premise  was to document positive, articulate responses to the movement and detail some stories of the obstacles and struggles prominent Australian women have had in their own lives and careers .

What has resulted is ‘documentary’  theatre at its best. The voices of The Hon. Dr Anne Aly, Julia Bates AO, Dr Marion Blackwell AM, Pam Burridge, The Hon Julia Gillard AC, Nikki Keating, Professor Marcia Lanngton AM, Sister Patricia Madigan PHD and Erin Phillips came through as they each made important contributions to the night.

These  distinguished figures were played by a wonderful cast  of talented actresses. They were Gabrielle Chan, Shakira Clanton, Lynette Curran, Deborah Galanos and Emily Havea. Their performances were nothing short of exemplary.

As well as being the director Victory Midwinter Pitt was the lead writer and she was helped by Amelia Collingham, Michelle Lee, Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood and Jordan Raskopoulos.

This was a great  night at the theatre. See it if you possibly can.

I’M WITH HER is playing the Eternity Playhouse until Sunday  1 December, 2019 .  Running time just under 3 hours.












In  Sally Alrich-Smythe’s HOMESICK we meet Sam,  a young woman going through a turbulent time in her life.

She has always fancied herself as a muso and  has picked up a good local following. Sam wants  more, she has come to the point where she wants to establish a career as a singer/songwriter.

Sam applies for a full scholarship to a leading music college in New York and is accepted. With the full support of her family Eliza went over to New York, hoping to get her big break in the industry.

Things don’t quite work out for Sam in New York. She finds the course difficult and is homesick for her little home town of Wallerawang.

The play starts on a blue note with Sam arriving back home. Her mum Rachel has picked up her up from the airport. Sam is greeted by her dotty grandmother Eadie.

Sam is jet lagged and in a bit of a grumpy mood. Her mood isn’t helped when she sees the flat in  disarray and  the main wall to her bedroom has been taken out. She also finds out that her favourite goldfish has died,

Sam wants to get some shut eye but this doesn’t eventuate. Her  grandmother is far too eager to chat and, more to the point, her ex boyfriend Jess climbs in through the bedroom window to welcome  her back.

I was engrossed by the play but wanted more from it. There was too much talk and not enough action. The ending also was a bit of a disappointment.

Claudia Osborne’s production is a good one. There was the use of some ‘home’ video through the play, which generally worked well. I wondered about the choice of some of the video which was quite indecipherable.

Eliza Scott gave a fetching performance as Sam. Deborah  Galanos played Sam’s loving mother, a bit concerned about her daughter’s sudden return home. Annie Byron was well cast as Sam’s dotty grandmother.

Alex Stylianou impressed as Sam’s very animated, ebullient ex Jess.

Verdict. There was a lot of promise in Alrich-Smythe’s play. It does need more work on it before it would be considered for a mainstream production.

Sally Alrich-Smythe’s HOMESICK played the Old 505 Theatre between the 8th and 12th December, 2019.



Call me a philistine and throw me to the Chekhovians.  I don’t get. Maybe I started too young.  Us drama types try and immerse in the canon early.  I get Strindberg, I get Ibsen. Can’t blame it on my parents, can’t blame it on Chekhov.  I mean other people get it. Do I need to get it? Probably not!

Imagine my surprise then.  That in a place as strange as Marrickville, with thundering aircraft low overhead and armed with coke and chips because its going to be a sodding 2 hours long. Imagine my surprise to thoroughly enjoy what I might have called in a text to a friend beforehand… Fucking Chekhov.                 Continue reading THE SEAGULL: SOARING WORK BY SECRET HOUSE THEATRE


Plenty of shots are fired in the late, great Edward Albee’s classic drama, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. Middle-aged couple George and Mildred marriage is a war zone and they invite another couple, Nick and Honey, over to unwittingly join them on the front line.

This latest revival of this oft performed Albee work has been put on by the Theatron Group.

A good creative team comprising John Pryce-Jones’ raised platform set of George and Martha’s 1960’s living room, Martin Kinnane’s sharp lighting design, and Alistair Wallace’s subtle sound design create a very distinct world for what is a stellar cast to weave their spell in. This small troupe of players genuinely seize upon the ‘meaty’ roles which Albee has gifted them. Continue reading WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? @ THE GREEK THEATRE

The House of Ramon Iglesia @ The Old Fitz

Production photos by Clare Hawley

In the opening sequence of THE HOUSE OF RAMON IGLESIA a mother lights the incense for the small, crowded, ever-present house altar. The audience has been warned about its use. The smell is strong and pungent. But the wafts rising from the well-used smoker soon dissipate. This is much the way I felt about the production. So many solid things about the enjoyable and well conceptualised show but little to take home.

This is a family drama. Ramon has brought his clan from Puerto Rico for the good life in America, landing in Long Island in the 1960s. It is now 1980. He has a disaffected wife who refuses to learn English and a janitorial job in a school which doesn’t help his alcoholism or his diabetes. He has three sons. They are different, yet all three have more aspiration and self-belief than he has. Continue reading The House of Ramon Iglesia @ The Old Fitz

The Plot @ The Greek Theatre

Inset Pic- Julie Hudspeth, Nicholas Papademetriou, Dina Panozzo, Michael Kotsoholis and Dina Gillespie. Featured Pic- Maggie Blinco. Pics by Mark Micaleff Photography
Inset Pic- Julie Hudspeth, Nicholas Papademetriou, Dina Panozzo, Michael Kotsoholis and Dina Gillespie. Featured Pic- Maggie Blinco. Pics by Mark Micaleff Photography

In her new play THE PLOT, Greek playwright Evdokia Katahanas’ follows the  challenging journey of nursing home manager, Lily.

By the close of Katahanas’ play I had all the empathy in the world for Lily, who director Sophie Kelly so poetically described as being, ‘the rib cage protecting her patients’ .

What a tough gig she has! On one hand she has all the dramas involved in caring for her many and often difficult patients. On the other hand, she has to contend with the demands of corrupt, cantankerous, insensitive managers.

Dina Panozzo, one of our finest actresses, delivers a very touching portrait of Lily’s ‘heroic’ journey.  Continue reading The Plot @ The Greek Theatre