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Byron Bache

Wires and Lights blogger and Curtain Call Melbourne critic

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Should this man play a Thai king? The (colour-blind) <em>King and I</em>

Should this man play a Thai king? The (colour-blind) King and I

October 15, 2013 12 Comments

He's played a French planter in the South Pacific and now he'll play the King of Siam in another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit. But is the "colour-blind casting" of Kiwi baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes OK?

REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

July 24, 2013

With no rehearsal, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a powerful, worthwhile theatrical experiment.

REVIEW: Gypsy | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Gypsy | State Theatre, Melbourne

July 11, 2013

Caroline O'Connor, perhaps the rightful holder of the First Lady of Musical Theatre mantle, stars in Gypsy, the great American musical. The Production Company breaks its usual mould with a solid mounting.

REVIEW: The Crucible | Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Crucible | Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

June 28, 2013 10 Comments

The Crucible is not funny. Yet the opening night audience laughed their way through all four painful acts of Melbourne Theatre Company's take on the previously unwreckable Arthur Miller classic.

REVIEW: Solomon and Marion | Fairfax Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Solomon and Marion | Fairfax Theatre, Melbourne

June 13, 2013

Solomon and Marion is the MTC play Jacki Weaver infamously pulled out of to do a CBS sitcom pilot. Hollywood's gain is definitely not Melbourne's loss; Gillian Jones steps into the shoes Weaver never tried on.

REVIEW: True Minds | Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: True Minds | Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

April 30, 2013

The prolific Joanna Murray-Smith does meet-the-mother-in-law farce with her new play True Minds. Can she wring new blood out of a long-sapped comedy stone?

REVIEW: Assassins | fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

REVIEW: Assassins | fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

April 12, 2013 1 Comment

The new Melbourne production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins has its problems, but with a stellar cast and faultless material it's still worth a look.

REVIEW: Music | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

REVIEW: Music | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

November 15, 2012

Music is one of Melbourne Theatre Company's more tuneful endeavours this year. Playwright Barry Oakley is welcomed back to the stage with warm applause.

REVIEW: More Sex Please … We’re Seniors | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: More Sex Please … We’re Seniors | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

November 1, 2012 4 Comments

Across the road from Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing in Melbourne, a new all-Australian musical from John-Michael Howson. To be on the same block is an insult.

REVIEW: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

October 31, 2012

There's no reason why Stephen Sondheim's first Broadway hit should work 50 years after it premiered. And yet -- with Simon Phillips and Geoffrey Rush at the helm -- it does.