Presenting the noble artistic credentials of one of the most evil group of men in history to the knowledgeable Old Fitz theatre crowd is a very clever conceit. Theatre crowds generally have artistic interests. They frequent cinema, galleries, music venues and museums and would not expect themselves to be confronted with the vile Nazis displaying their affection, knowledge and desire for the various genres of creativity. Take these themes and meld them with some fine writing, directing and strong performances and you have impressive theatre.
The opening monologue introduces the idea of the humanity of these creeps but then slowly breaks their personalities down into their foibles, prejudices, vanities and pathetic weaknesses. The play runs at a frenetic pace as it presents the history and examines what art was considered suitable and what art was declared degenerate. Narrator Megan O’Connell presents a timeline of major events starting with the groups’ disillusionment with the state of their country in the aftermath of World War 1 and how they coalesce into a group that rides on bigotry and injustice to lead Germany and then invade large swathes of Europe. Simultaneously the actors present scenarios of their artistic interests or those foisted on them by Hitler’s dominant personality and his particular taste in art, music and architecture. Continue reading DEGENERATE ART @ THE OLD FITZ→
Should you have somehow missed the metaphors of scale in the beginning of THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, there is no subtlety later in the show. The irony of a third-of-a person-sized My Little Pony should gallop it on home. The pony arrives from the ‘heavens’ with a whole heap of other consumer items somewhere towards the climax… sort of climax … well hardly a climax … not my idea of a climax anyway. Abandon all ye preconceptions who enter here! Continue reading THERE WILL BE A …………… CLIMAX→
The 2018 season contains:
3 World Premieres (including a musical)
3 Australian Premiers
2 Sydney Premieres
2 Of the great contemporary love stories
Plus the Launch of Red Line UNDERGROUND, Monday Night extravaganzas: including Burlesque with Hannah Raven
Just The Two Of Us with Scott Witt
Bang Bang Rodeo with Jane Watt
TELESCOPE is bent over laughing entertainment. Part of Red Line Productions THE NEW FITZ, a season of ten Australian writers, this show is wonderfully, obliquely … silly. In fact, histrionic, hilarious, high spirited, it is an exercise in advanced silliness. With a whole heap of my viewing-year-so-far bests!
Beginning with best use of an antennae to open a show. Daniel is on the lookout for aliens when we meet him as we enter the theatre. He and his transistor and his aerial are perched on a table centre stage. There is great deal of leaping and arm raising and getting of mixed signals. (Terrific audio cues btw) until his parents arrive.
Mum and Dad get my best in show for most disengaged parents! Only slightly interested in anyone else’s agenda, this absurdly dysfunctional family is completed by the arrival of Lenny. An expert non-listener, she is driven to try and save the family home from the Government’s greedy claws as it buys up the Sydney suburb. Their little home and those around it are the perfect place for a radio telescope and there are big ass bucks to made by selling up and heading out. Continue reading BROOKE ROBINSON’S ‘TELESCOPE’ @ THE OLD FITZ→
Michael Gow’s play SWEET PHOEBE is the new late show at the Old Fitz.
This play features a young, very driven couple – Fraser in high finance and Helen – a graphic artist – living the hustle bustle city life. That is until their bestie friends go into couple therapy and Helen agrees to mind their dog, Phoebe. The reluctant bonding with Phoebe goes well until Phoebe escapes.
The trendy couple are mortified and turn their lives upside down in search of their missing mut. Their search is undertaken with the same zealousness as if they were searching for a missing person. What follows is a journey into the wiley characters of the neighbourhood including the local public housing estates and features some hilarious insights into society.Continue reading MICHAEL GOW’S SWEET PHOEBE : THE LATE SHOW @ THE OLD FITZ→
Given the choice, would you save your family and yourself from persecution or condemn others to certain death?
BLONDE POISON is a remarkable one-woman play about beauty, treachery and the high price of survival, starring Best Actress Nominee at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards, Belinda Giblin. Back by popular demand for a strictly limited season, see one of Australia’s leading actresses like you’ve never seen her before at the Studio theatre, Sydney Opera House from 28 April. Tickets are on sale from 22 February. Continue reading BLONDE POISON @ STUDIO THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE→
I see up to six shows a week and while it’s rare to find a dud on the Sydney theatre scene, it’s just as rare to have an experience that is so odd and wonderful that I almost don’t want to share. BACON AND EGGS, the late show at the Old Fitz Theatre, is this moment for me. I am going back on Tuesday and taking cronies. I may even go back on Wednesday. Actually it finishes on Saturday so I might just go again later in the week. Care to join me?
Simple. It’s simple. It’s very, very simple. Just a simple piece of theatre. Take two hung over Aussie actors in Dublin. Plonk them on a scary street. Add a misdemeanour that they think will get them a nice warm police cell. Insinuate an iconic dead artist (Francis Bacon) and a soupçon of witty queen humour and a hilarious night is now preordained … if you get it… Continue reading BACON AND EGGS @ THE OLD FITZ→
MEN, playing at the Old Fitz, is about trust. Trust has nothing to do with the story actually but it’s what might keep you in your seat. Germaine Greer said that women don’t really know how much men hate them but many woman trust that Germaine is wrong… that our brothers and husbands and nephews, men of our acquaintance, men we share a bus with and so on don’t see us like that.
I trust playwright Brendan Cowell. He is an internationally recognized writer of TV and theatre who has won awards and nominations for his work. He crafts work of considerable intellectual reach to challenge an audience and to drag them through a world of his creation. The gynophobia hits early in this show and my decision to stay was all about trusting that the wordsmith was taking me to a place of redemption where I could forgive the misogynist arseholes who populate the stage. Continue reading Brendan Cowell’s MEN @ The Old Fitz→
Why haul yourself out in the middle of Winter for a 9.30pm show that only runs 30 minutes? Because it’s fun! That why. You’ve done sillier things for entertainment so make a night of it and head to Brevity Theatre Company’s current production, BEING NORWEGIAN, at the Old Fitzroy theatre.
In this late night offering, security guard Sean finds himself alone with the young and vibrant Lisa in his new, as yet unpacked , flat. He is unsure, twitchy and nervous and she is flighty, sexually aggressive and …well… Norwegian. Perhaps he is latently Norwegian too. I certainly felt distinctly Nordic by the time I left the theatre. Continue reading Being Norwegian @ The Old Fitzroy Theatre→
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