Topic archives: The Arts Centre

REVIEW: Cinderella | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Cinderella | State Theatre, Melbourne

September 25, 2013

You know the story, but Australian Ballet's production of the fairytale classic will still break your heart. Cinderella is exquisite from start to finish.

REVIEW: Paquita and La Sylphide | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Paquita and La Sylphide | State Theatre, Melbourne

September 2, 2013

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

REVIEW: Rupert | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Rupert | Playhouse, Melbourne

August 30, 2013

The life of the most influential Australian comes to the stage in a tame but entertaining enough bio-cabaret. David Williamson's Rupert is much less grand than the man himself.

REVIEW: Blak | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Blak | Playhouse, Melbourne

May 8, 2013

Blak intertwines stories of modern Aboriginal youth with traditional vistas to explore the life of boys and men. It's arresting in its choreography and design.

REVIEW: Don Quixote | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Don Quixote | State Theatre, Melbourne

March 18, 2013 1

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.

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: Promises, Promises | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Promises, Promises | State Theatre, Melbourne

October 7, 2012 4

This is one big broken promise. Melbourne's Production Company vows to do more with less in musical theatre, but its adaptation of the Burt Bacharach tuner falls flat.

REVIEW: Onegin | Opera Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: Onegin | Opera Theatre, Sydney

May 17, 2012

The story of Yevgeny (Eugene) Onegin started, of course, with master-poet Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel (389 stanzas, no less of iambic tetrameter; so-called Onegin stanzas, or Pushkin sonnet), a classic of Russian literature which began to be serialised in 1825. Onegin, the character, has since served as a ‘role model’ for numerous Russian men of fiction. […]

REVIEW: Australia Day | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Australia Day | Playhouse, Melbourne

May 3, 2012

by Matthew Raggatt Coming immediately after the more sombre remembrance of Anzac Day, Jonathan Biggins’ Australia Day — a Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company co-production — challenges audiences to consider what in fact, beyond our soldiers, it is that brings us all together. We are thrown into the Coriole Shire’s committee meeting for the country town’s upcoming January […]

REVIEW: The Rake’s Progress | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Rake’s Progress | Playhouse, Melbourne

March 22, 2012

A difficult opera calls for a strong and disciplined vision. The Rake’s Progress is certainly an unusual piece with quite peculiar parentage, but in Victorian Opera’s production it loses its way. A collaboration between a Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, and two poets, the British W.H. Auden and the American Chester Kallman, it was first performed […]

REVIEW: The Seed | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Seed | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

February 24, 2012

It should have been a cracker. A sharp and deeply personal script. A talented and experienced cast. Sadly for the audience, The Seed is more a damp squib. The story is promising. Three generations of the Maloney family — daughter, father and grandfather — come together to celebrate their collective birthday in a living room […]

Opera Australia’s Melbourne season: something old, something new

Opera Australia’s Melbourne season: something old, something new

December 5, 2011

Opera Australia presents something old and something quite radically new in Melbourne for its Summer season. Don Giovanni offers a captivating performance from Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Mozart’s dangerously charming lothario, while Bruce Beresford directs John Steinbeck’s all-American classic Of Mice And Men as a sweeping and deeply affecting operatic experience. Sharing the State Theatre with the Verdi […]

REVIEW: La Traviata | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: La Traviata | State Theatre, Melbourne

November 22, 2011 2

It all looked strangely familiar. And it was. I’d seen this Trav before; on the Lyric Theatre stage in Brisbane in 2009, an Opera Australia import by Opera Queensland. The same sumptuous costumes. The same grand sets. The same sublime Russian soprano. Opera-goers live in a perpetual state of déjà vu. It is environmentally friendly […]

REVIEW: Return To Earth | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

REVIEW: Return To Earth | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

November 18, 2011 3

A strange and somewhat disastrous theatrical experience from writer Lally Katz and director Aiden Fennessy on now at the Melbourne Theatre Company. Alice (Eloise Mignon) has returned to her family home in Tathra on the New South Wales coast. She has been away for what must have been a long time. Her parents (Kim Gyngell […]

REVIEW: Rising Water | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Rising Water | Playhouse, Melbourne

August 15, 2011 1

As far as Tim Winton’s works go, Rising Water is the one that comes closest to home for me, geographically speaking. It’s set in Fremantle Sailing Club, just down the road from where I grew up. Unlike many of the other clubs in the Perth area, it’s home to serious sailors as well as to […]

REVIEW: Silent Disco | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

REVIEW: Silent Disco | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

August 8, 2011 1

Silent Disco is an edgy, almost angry representation of modern teenage life, littered with sharp-witted wisecracks and the promise of potential, both in the script writer, set designer and the actors themselves. Bless the folks at the Arts Centre’s FULL TILT program, because they have obviously been working hard this year to ensure that fresh […]