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A Prisoners Dilemma @ The Street Theatre

A Prisoners Dilemma @ The Street

Review: One Day of the Year

One Day of the Year, Canberra Repertory Society, by Alan Seymour. Friday 18th April, continues till 3rd May

On Friday night I continued my theatrical education, having the opportunity to see a presentation of a play at Canberra Reps’ Theatre Three. The play, The One Day Of The Year, is a production set in a time when Australia celebrated ritual. The cast consisted of:

Alf (Ian Croker), the central member of this quintet, a husband and father.

Wacka (Graham Robertson), friend to the family and remnant of a previous war.

Hughie (Ross Walker), the son.

Dot (Judy Crane), his wife who is caught in the middle holding the family together.

As well as a North Shore ring-in, Jan, the son’s fickle bit o’ skirt and a provocateur.

The performance of each actor: audible, credible, expressive and more than believable. The set: allowing the audience to secrete itself in this average Sydney suburban house, circa nineteen-sixty. The theme seemed to revolve around the tradition of Anzac Day and the absurdity of marching our soldiers as they get older, year after year, under the banner of war and the question asked is ‘why?’ The answer seems to be discovered after the heartache of watching Alf succumb to his own excesses and prejudice, which are the real guts of the play.

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Eisteddfod @ The Street

Eistedford @ The Street

Class Clowns 2008 @ The Street Theatre

Information night for ACT teachers, Tues 5th Feb

Class Clowns

Robin Hood @ Belco Theatre

Robin Hood

Saucy Panto @ The Street Theatre

saucy panto

The Kelly Women @ The Street Theatre

The Kelly Women

Starts tomorrow

Damned to the Future @ C-Block, Gorman House

Damned

Paris Hat Productions ” Closer

By Simbo. Closer (and Sexual Perversity in Chicago) at The Street Theatre. Continues till 8th December.

First of all apologies ” this should be a review of both halves of the double bill with “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”. However, due to me not reading my e-mail until 7:35 on the night I was meant to be going, I missed the first half. Will do better next time, promise.

Fortunately, I do know the play, so I can at least describe it to you ” it”s about a guy and a girl pursuing a romantic relationship, and the pitfalls it hits as they face their disapproving friends, given a distinctive David Mamet spin ” the men in particular have misogynistic arias of foul-mouthed brilliance. I can”t tell you how well this particular production worked, but I can say that I”ve seen some of the cast in previous productions, and if their form holds true, this should be worth a look.

Anyway, onto the play I did see ” Patrick Marber”s “Closer”. Another twisted story of love, sex and the damage we can do to each other in the name of them, Closer follows the story of four people in late 90″s London, as they variously attempt to establish sexual relationships with one another, then dodge the fallout these relationships cause. It”s dark, bitter, yet tremendously funny stuff (with a different, and better, ending to the movie version). Or at least, the script is.

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Closer @ The Street Theatre

Closer @ The Street Theatre

The Give and Take: One More Review

The Give and Take. The Street Theatre. Continues till Saturday. Review by Max.

Pfffffft. The flashyest set I”ve ever seen on stage in Canberra and competent to very good performances one would expect from professional actors could not save this play from its middle of the road self righteous piece of turd of a script. Irritating, cliched characters (most notably the four in their early twenties – on behalf of myself and everyone I know in our early twenties ” Fuck You Tony McNamara), lame jokes and a pervading sense of hands on the wang smugness on the part of the writer took a story that was already unoriginal (toward the end of his career some neurotic rich guy wonders if wealth might not actually lead to true happiness and regrets not spending his time with his family blah blah) and lead it into made for channel ten telemovie territory.

All involved worked very hard to put this on, and punters were asked to fork out a decent amount of cash to see it. Shame. It sucked, and there is a lot better Australian theatre out there.

The Give and Take: Another Review

The Give and Take. The Street Theatre. Continues till Saturday. Review by Random Git.”

After a late arrival via The Canberra Theatre to The Street Theatre, I settled in for a night of hilarity and a study of the meaning of family.” What I got were a few good laughs and a story that couldn’t seem to cut the ties from it’s premise to properly examine and solve it’s dilemma.

That’s a big statement to make.” This is, after all, a fairly seasoned play that has done the rounds.” Maybe it was the performances that failed to draw me in but I left feeling a slight disappointment in what could have been a great story.

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The Give and Take: A Review

by Chris Emery. The Give and Take @ The Street Theatre. Continues till 17th Nov.

Last night, courtesy of Loadedog,”we went to the opening night at the Street of “The Give and Take” by Tony McNamara.” The audience loved it and there were lots of interruptions”caused by prolonged laughter.” The story is very contemporary and obviously appealed to both younger and”baby boomer”patrons.” The play continues the David Williamson genre.

Unfortunately the cavernous set sometimes absorbed the weaker voices, particularly when”they didn’t directly”face the audience.” Some other”comments include “Dialogue surprises with sharp sting of thoughts” Sydney Morning Herald, “The pep and bitterness of a caffeine hit” Melbourne Age, “Humour so sharp you could cut yourself on it” The Blurb, “Full of great gags and outrageous revelations” The Australian.

Theatre Review: Seasons of Keene

A Glass of Twilight and Untitled Monologue
By Daniel Keene
Reviewer: Laura McHugh

Below the Line is director Ben Drysdale”s third season of short plays derived from Daniel Keene”s collected works to whom it may concern and other plays. The Sydney Morning Herald writes “Daniel Keene is a dangerous playwright”he works right on the moral edge”. And this he certainly does in both A Glass of Twilight and Untitled Monologue.

This particularly applies to the first piece, as the characters grapple with the morals behind homosexual relations and having sex for money. The play revolves around two central characters – a travelling, ageing salesman played by Matt Borneman, and a street kid, Tom, played by Pat Gordon.

The short play starts out well, with believable and strong performances by both actors. The first meeting at the train station is well imagined, with a subdued Tom and a slightly desperate salesman trying to proposition him. As we watch the relationship evolve, there is a great deal of tenderness shown between the two. These are two very lonely people (a theme that Drysdale stressed in the program) looking for and wanting companionship and a sense of connection in the rather isolating world which the play inhabits. However, it does dwindle away at the end, and I would have preferred a more dramatic climax to a piece that is on one level intent on shocking the audience.

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Breathing Corpses

You could be forgiven for thinking “Breathing Corpses” is a second rate stage attempt on the film 28 Days Later complete with rabid zombies hell-bent on destroying the world.

On the contrary, “Breathing Corpses”” (Street Theatre, Jul/Aug 2007) is a play based around the lives of several people all connected through death. It explores many confronting issues including depression, death and anger with the four interlocking stories demonstrating the effect one action can have on complete strangers.

The play is somewhat disjointed at the start as the audience tries to make sense of how these characters are connected. The story flows back and forth in time leaving us to fit the pieces into a sequential time line. As the lights dim between each scene we are given a preview of what may happen next with visual and audio cues projected on a screen high up on the wall.

The set is a clever manipulation of two facing walls. Drawers cover each wall and can be moved in and out to various lengths to create several different scenes. Director and set designer said the ‘boxes were symbolic as well, as so much of the play revolves around boxes’

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