Unsolicited Male: a Melbourne theatre review by Alex First

July 29, 2022 by  

A boss oversteps the mark and the consequences are devastating in Ron Elisha’s incendiary Unsolicited Male. Read more

Caligula (Burning House) at Theatre Works, as reviewed by Alex First

July 20, 2022 by  

There will be blood. That expression well sums up the tyrannical reign of Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula. He was the third Roman emperor, who ruled from the years 37 to 41, before he was assassinated. Read more

Il Trovatore: an opera review by Murray Dahm

July 18, 2022 by  

This new production of Verdi’s 1853 opera Il Trovatore directed by Davide Livermore had all the bells and whistles – the 14 LED digital panels supplemented with big, old-fashioned set pieces and a wonderful cast. Read more

9 to 5: The Musical – State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, as reviewed by Alex First

July 17, 2022 by  

9 to 5 The Musical is energetic, sassy and colourful. Read more

Behind the scenes: La traviata assistant director Warwick Doddrell

July 15, 2022 by  

Opera Australia assistant director for the La traviata season  Warwick Doddrell was first bitten by the theatre bug in the 1990s watching the Essgee Entertainment productions of Gilbert & Sullivan show starring Jon English (The Pirates of Penzance (1994), The Mikado (1995) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1997). Read more

Secrets: a theatre review from Melbourne by Alex First

July 13, 2022 by  

Just how good are you at keeping secrets? Read more

Stacey Alleaume magnificent in classic Traviata triumph

July 8, 2022 by  

If Giuseppe Verdi is indeed the greatest opera composer (which I certainly think he is ) then among his many great compositions La Traviata must surely be close to the very top…writes Victor Grynberg. Read more

The Amateurs: a theatre review by Alex First

July 4, 2022 by  

One of the most bizarre plays I have seen, The Amateurs at Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre is a tragicomedy from 2015 American Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison. This is its Australian premiere. Read more

Madama Butterfly: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 3, 2022 by  

Bravo Opera Australia, which once more has given us an unforgettable evening. Read more

Come Rain or Come Shine: a theatre review by Alex First

June 30, 2022 by  

Come Rain or Come Shine is a charming, funny and smart romantic musical comedy, which unfolds over nearly three decades. Read more

Murray Dahm talks to Madama Butterfly star Virgilio Marino

June 29, 2022 by  

The character of Goro in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly is essential to the opera’s drama. Read more

Passing Strange (Antipodes Theatre Company) at Meat Market Stables, as reviewed by Alex First

June 28, 2022 by  

A dynamic score characterises a coming-of-age story. Read more

Six at the Comedy Theatre, as reviewed by Alex First

June 27, 2022 by  

A contemporary interpretation of the dastardly deeds of King Henry VIII, Six rocks. Its pop vibe is a sure-fire winner. Read more

Harlequinade: a ballet review by Alex First (State Theatre, Melbourne)

June 20, 2022 by  

Love is in the air, but there are those who have other ideas. Read more

The Picture of Dorian Gray: a theatre review by Alex First

June 9, 2022 by  

The Picture of Dorian Gray at Melbourne’s Arts Centre is an extraordinary triumph of talent and theatricality. Read more

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella: a theatre review from Alex First

May 27, 2022 by  

So, you think you know the Cinderella story – the one about the poor “servant” to the evil stepmother and her taunting stepsisters? Read more

Driftwood: The Musical – a theatre review by Alex First

May 23, 2022 by  

Driftwood: The Musical is a heart-wrenching and inspiring piece of musical theatre, reflecting a dark period of history that changed and destroyed the lives of millions. Read more

An American in Paris: a theatre review by Alex First

May 15, 2022 by  

Once you learn that Robbie Fairchild was a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet you can understand why he glides so effortlessly across the stage in a stellar display as the centrepiece of An American in Paris. Read more

Girl from the North Country: a theatre review by Alex First

May 15, 2022 by  

Set during the Great Depression, Girl from the North Country is a brilliantly conceived and executed theatrical production, featuring the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan. Read more

The Heartbreak Choir: a theatre review by Alex First

May 2, 2022 by  

A delightful, poignant, funny, uplifting play with music, The Heartbreak Choir charms its way into our hearts. Read more

Matador la experienca, at Melbourne’s Meat Market reviewed by Alex First

May 1, 2022 by  

Matador la experienca has taken the best of Matador and stepped it up a notch to create a totally electrifying and immersive showcase of talent. Read more

Killing Katie: Confessions of a Book Club – a theatre review by Hila Tsor

January 24, 2022 by  

Killing Katie: Confessions of a Book Club begins through the narrative voice of Linda (Bron Lim) who meets up with her fitness obsessed friend Sam Andrews (Georgina Symes) to talk about the past, and present. Read more

Come from Away: a musical review by Victor Grynberg

October 28, 2021 by  

It would not be accurate to describe “Come from Away” as simply a musical. Read more

Never Again-Austen Tayshus

October 8, 2019 by  

Like so many I saw a number of Austen Tayshus shows in the 80’s in Pubs and clubs where you would leave drenched in sweat and feeling like you had just done nine rounds of cage wrestling with Andre the Giant and a Grizzly bear. The latest offering by Austen Tayshus at the Bondi Pavillion still leaves you battered and bruised but dying for more. Read more

Diplomacy: a theatre review by Hila Tsor

July 3, 2019 by  

After its first sold-out session the political thriller, ’Diplomacy’, is back for an encore at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre. Read more

PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic

June 26, 2019 by  

A theatre review by Hila Tsor. Read more

Peter Pan Goes Wrong: a theatre review by Hila Tsor

February 22, 2019 by  

The title of the play ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ is quite self-explanatory, revealing the main premise of the play. ‘Gone Wrong’ theatre productions are not uncommon but are always full of mischief and mayhem, this being no exception. Read more

Sydney Festival: One Infinity

December 31, 2018 by  

One Infinity is a hypnotic, cross-cultural music and dance collaboration, in which the audience is also performers. Read more

Madiba the Musical: a theatre review by Elana Bowman

November 2, 2018 by  

Madiba the Musical celebrates the life of the former South African president’s struggle towards freedom; is interwoven with stories and songs of the Black Africans during the apartheid era. Read more

Second time around

September 5, 2018 by  

The role of Tevye in the upcoming Moriah production of Fiddler on the Roof will be played by David Solomon who performed the role in 1994…which was directed by Roberta Goot in charge of the 2018 Fiddler. Read more

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