Cultural Binge – Independent Theatre Reviews & Interviews from Sydney, Australia (and a little bit further afield).
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The rating system is simple: ★★★★★ – Terrific, world-standard. Don’t miss. (★★★★★ will be rare). ★★★★ – Great, definitely worth seeing. ★★★ – Good. Perfectly entertaining. Recommended. Individual mileage may vary (most shows are ★★★). ★★ – Fine. Flawed and not really recommended, but you may find something to appreciate in it. ★ – Bad.…
Consent (Seymour Centre) ★★★1/2
Written by Nina Raine. Outhouse Theatre Co. Seymour Centre. 1 – 24 June, 2023. The ever excellent Outhouse Theatre brings Nina Raine’s 2017 UK hit play Consent to the Seymour Centre. A big drama that blends the professional and the personal for a group of British lawyers who prosecute and defend sexual assault cases. These…
Jacky (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★
Written by Declan Furber Gillick. Melbourne Theatre Company. Fairfax Studio, Art Centre Melbourne. 22 May – 24 Jun, 2023 Full review up on The Queer Review.
Do Not Go Gentle (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2
Written by Patricia Cornelius. Sydney Theatre Company. Roslyn Packer Theatre. 23 May – 17 Jun, 2023. Do Not Go Gentle sees five explorers push through ice and snow to be the first to reach the South Pole. Do Not Go Gentle sees five people in the winter of their lives face dementia in various ways.…
Happy Days (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2
Written by Samuel Beckett. Melbourne Theatre Company. 1 May – 10 June, 2023. There seems to be a natural melding of elements in Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Samuel Beckett’s 1961 classic, Happy Days. As if somewhere between Judith Lucy’s life as a comedian and Beckett’s existential outlook the show has landed in a sweet-spot…
Girl Band (Riverside Theatres, Parramatta) ★★★★
Written by Katy Warner. Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. 18 – 27 May, 2023. Playwright Katy Warner is taking aim at performative “girl power”, literally, in her new play Girl Band, going behind the scenes of the birth of a 90s pop group. For all the bubble-gum music and outfits, this tale gets realistically dark. Music industry…
Suddenly Last Summer (Ensemble Theatre) ★★★★
Written by Tennessee Williams. Ensemble Theatre. 18 May – 10 Jun, 2023. Tennessee Williams’ hypnotic play, Suddenly Last Summer heats up the autumnal nights at Ensemble Theatre with a stunning new production from director Shaun Rennie and a stellar lead performance by Andrea Demetriades. Compact, precise and haunting; to quote a very different show, “I’ve…
Clyde’s (Ensemble Theatre) ★★★1/2
Written by Lynn Nottage. Australian Premiere. Ensemble Theatre. 5 May – 10 June, 2023. Lynn Nottage, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, comes to the stage with a lot of expectations. Her new comedy, Clyde’s, hits Australia with a reputation of being the most staged play in America last year. There’s clearly something good here. In…
At What Cost? (Belvoir) ★★★★★
Written by Nathan Maynard. Belvoir St Theatre. 4 – 21 May, 2023. While many people spent the night watching the Coronation of King Charles III, Australia’s new Head of State, a smaller group were sitting in the Belvoir St Theatre watching a play rooted in the intergenerational damage of British colonialism. At What Cost? Nathan…
Metropolis (Hayes Theatre) ★★
Book and Lyrics by Julia Robertson. Music by Zara Stanton. Presented by the Little Eggs Collective in association with Hayes Theatre Co. World Premiere. Apr 21 – May 20, 2023 Metropolis, the new musical receiving its World Premiere at Hayes Theatre, is an ambitious piece. Adapting an acclaimed film (and novel) about a revolution between…
tick, tick… BOOM! (Lyric Theatre) ★★★1/2
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Sydney Lyric Theatre. 20-26 April, 2023. Full review up on The Queer Review.