Not so such much a runaway hit as a stay-in-the-neighbourhood hit, IN THE HEIGHTS as directed by Luke Joslin brings a Washington Heights alive in a vibrant, energetic production with the closeness of community at its heart. No mean feat on a stage as wide as the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. We love our House and audiences always have a sense of occasion in the iconic building but this was beyond expectations. A night to bring the whole audience to their feet after a show that vibrates the barrio with brio onstage and brass behind.
The show was conceived, and has music and lyrics, by Lin-Manuel Miranda with the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Joslin directed the show at Hayes Theatre last year. This production has many cast in common and shares musical direction from Lucy Bermingham and choreography from Amy Campbell. It was a bona-fide hit then. And will be now. Continue reading IN THE HEIGHTS. DANCIN’ SINGIN’ CELEBRATIN’→
GUILTY PLEASURES indeed. A show about women who murder might be expected to have the feel of those lurid Lady Killer magazines for bored 1950s housewives. Instead, what we get from Angelique Cassimatis in her one-woman show is five case studies in the why. Admittedly it is a bit lurid as she doesn’t shy away from the stabbing, axe work, poison, shooting and clobbering with a champagne bottle of the how.
In episodic scenes we meet the women and they speak for themselves. Taken from the book by Josh Robson, the show is about five women who feel abused, cheated on or taken for granted enough to do away with one of the men in their life.
When we meet them, none of them seem capable of murder because they don’t see themselves that way. With killer smiles they cheerfully walk us through the events and emotions leading up to the deed. And then they stop … they cease to be. A new incarnation arises and we move to the next story. The audience walks blinking in the foyer not knowing where these creatures came from and where they are now. Curiosity is driver of this show and perhaps of society’s interest in female killers in general. Continue reading Guilty Pleasures @ The Hayes→
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