Man of the Year

Man of the Year

Full marks to 5pound theatre for opening one of the first shows for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. And it does so with voluble vigour, packing significant moments in our history over 2,000 years on a stage hardly larger than a pocket-handkerchief. Thanked for their presence the audience finds themselves as guests of a speaker: the…

The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss

Towards the end of the play, Oscar Wilde says John, not Judas, should’ve been the one to betray Jesus since John was the apostle Jesus most loved while he hardly knew Judas. And watching how Oscar has been forsaken by the love of his life, we understand why. Jason Cavanagh’s elegant revival of David Hare’s 1998 play is a rich portrait of unequal love,…

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Theatre review: How I Learned To Drive

Dear Dad We may feel we have heard and read enough about pedophilia, especially of late, to last us a lifetime. Yet here is a revival of a 1997 award-winning play by American playwright Paula Vogel that again explores this disturbing subject. But rather than adopting a blunt judgement-driven approach, Mockingbird Theatre’s staging of How I Learned To Drive handles the issue with tremendous…

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Theatre review: The Blue Room

Dear Dad Sex (still) sells, despite what some might say. Just head down to The Owl and the Pussycat now, if you need any convincing. On attendance night, the theatre was nearly full, packed with people from the young (no, not kids, of course) to the doddery old. There were homosexuals, heterosexuals; there were talkers, and watchers, the chic, and the…