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REVIEW: The Wharf Revue | Glen Street Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: The Wharf Revue | Glen Street Theatre, Sydney

The Wharf Revue is back, warming up for its STC season with tributes to Tom Waterhouse, Gina Rinehart, Julie Bishop and, of course, The Abbott Family.

REVIEW: Arafat In Therapy | Parade Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: Arafat In Therapy | Parade Theatre, Sydney

This isn't a one-man show, it's a 20-man-and-woman show. Jeremy Bracka is all of them and a whole lot more, in a show that tackles intractable politics with easy humour.

REVIEW: Strassman: Careful What You Wish For | Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Strassman: Careful What You Wish For | Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Puppets say the darndest things in the hands of veteran ventriloquist David Strassman. His new show in Melbourne stars familiar characters and clever new technology.

REVIEW: Red Wharf: Beyond The Rings Of Satire | Wharf 1, Sydney

REVIEW: Red Wharf: Beyond The Rings Of Satire | Wharf 1, Sydney

The Wharf Revue crew have been doing this longer than they care to remember. But the latest intergalactic piss-take is as funny as anything you've already seen.

REVIEW: Potted Potter | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Potted Potter | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

If you're going to parody a much-loved cultural icon you should at least get your facts straight. Potted Potter pleases some kids but proves something less than magic.

REVIEW: Bob Downe: 20 Golden Greats | Sydney Theatre

REVIEW: Bob Downe: 20 Golden Greats | Sydney Theatre

It’s hard to believe the prince of polyester has been reigning for a quarter-century. Then again, it’s probably going on 20 years since I first saw him, at North Ryde rissole. The most delirious thing about that performance was I’m sure many of the patrons thought he was just another polished club entertainer-in-earnest. It could’ve […]

From the Wharf, through the Woods, to Melbourne

From the Wharf, through the Woods, to Melbourne

Here in the echo chamber, we preview a piece of┬ávaudeville┬áthat’s about us (well, Crikey is mentioned at least). A play that mocks plays, including the very next production from the Melbourne Theatre Company. It’s all very meta. There’s not many left in the chamber, of course; just Don Watson and a few other marginalised bleeding […]

REVIEW: A Distressing Scenario | Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St, Sydney

REVIEW: A Distressing Scenario | Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St, Sydney

It’s tempting to be equivocal or non-committal, in deference to engendering less hate mail and fewer death-threats from disgruntled theatre practitioners who claim I can ruin their careers overnight with nary a harsh word. But not tempting enough. A Distressing Scenario, at Belvoir, downstairs, is in stark contrast to the inventive, informative, focussed offering from […]

REVIEW: The Wharf Revue -- Not Quite Out of The Woods | Sydney, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Wharf Revue -- Not Quite Out of The Woods | Sydney, Melbourne

China might be in control of rare earth metals, but Sydney is still very much on its mettle when it comes to political satire, thanks, almost exclsusively, to the individual and combined talents of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe, Phil Scott and, now, Amanda Bishop. No, not the Channel 10 entertainment reporter and daughter of Frankenstein’s […]