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Mark Pearce

Melbourne theatre critic at The Opera Boys

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REVIEW: Roam | Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Roam | Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceOct 14, 2013

Melbourne indie company Red Stitch has embraced an exciting young writer in Adam Cass and given him an eye-popping canvass for high-tech drama Roam.

REVIEW: Hard Rubbish | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Hard Rubbish | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceSep 25, 2013

A pile of unloved old furniture destined for the tip takes the battle to its evil replacement: Hard Rubbish is a cataclysmic riot of a show for young and old alike.

REVIEW: Straight | Red Sitch, Melbourne

REVIEW: Straight | Red Sitch, Melbourne

Mark PearceSep 2, 2013

Straight is kitchen-sink comedy that asks some curly questions on relationships and sexuality. Red Stitch's production of the British play is hard to fault.

REVIEW: Paquita and La Sylphide | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Paquita and La Sylphide | State Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceSep 2, 2013

The national ballet company presents an exquisite double-bill in Melbourne and Sydney, showcasing some extraordinary athleticism by its principal dancers.

REVIEW: The Cherry Orchard | Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Cherry Orchard | Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceAug 19, 2013

Simon Stone has ripped up another classic and breathed new life into it. The Cherry Orchard for Melbourne Theatre Company is faithful and radical at once.

REVIEW: Night Maybe | TheatreWorks, Melbourne

REVIEW: Night Maybe | TheatreWorks, Melbourne

Mark PearceAug 19, 20133 Comments

Part parody, comedy, tragedy and art work, Night Maybe, from an exciting Melbourne troupe, presents as ethereal, engrossing drama at TheatreWorks.

REVIEW: The Dragon | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Dragon | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceJul 4, 20131 Comment

A rumbling critique of a corrupt and corrupting political culture: how timely. But Toby Schmitz's adaptation of The Dragon doesn't exactly breathe fire, either.

REVIEW: Palace Of The End | Theatreworks, Melbourne

REVIEW: Palace Of The End | Theatreworks, Melbourne

Mark PearceJun 7, 2013

Judith Thompson's writing is so good it opens vistas into the lives of each character, and together they merge to form a powerful condemnation of a war that itself was like watching theatre of the grotesque.

REVIEW: Phèdre | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Phèdre | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceMay 23, 2013

An illicit Greek tragedy warms cold hearts in Melbourne with Catherine McClements delivering a tour-de-force performance of pathos, nuance and self-reflective humour.

REVIEW: Don Quixote | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Don Quixote | State Theatre, Melbourne

Mark PearceMar 18, 20131 Comment

Rudolf Nureyev came to Australia to create one of the world's greatest ever productions of Don Quixote. Some 40 years later a couple of Australian dancers bring it back to brilliant life.