13 February 2014

February review previews


Cock
MTC
13 February 2013
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
to 22 March


Cock immediately demands attention and begs for jokes that are too easy. Yes, this Cock satisfies and I'd go for the ride again. Now let's move on.

First seen in 2009, the title of UK writer Mike Bartlett’s play brings expectations before a word is spoken. Some are met and more are dismissed as far more than cock come to play.

Twenty-something John has been with his partner for seven years. On what seems to be a regular break, he meets someone else and falls in love. What causes the most shock for the scorned partner is that John’s new love is a woman. With a definite assumption that a choice must be made between the two and that John must define himself by the gender of his lover (as declared by the father who  comes to dinner), the tug of love is on.

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The full review is on AussieTheatre.com and will be here in a few days.



Evolution, Revolution and the Mail Order Bride
8 February 2014
fortyfive downstairs
to 16 February


Performer–composer–singer–writer Zulya Kamalova's Evolution, Revolution and the Mail Order Bride is three stories about three women that explore how the suppression of the feminine affects evolution, a revolution and a mail order bride.

Kamalova is a remarkable talent. Her voice is like an indulgent homemade caramel that no one can say no to, she lets her characters be their unique selves, and her music made me feel a bit like it was the 1920s and she was contemporary of Kurt Weill. 
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The full review is on AussieTheatre.com and will be here in a few days.


Out of the Water
Red Stitch Actors Theatre
7 February 2014
Red Stitch Theatre
to 8 March


Red Stitch have opened the year with some of the best performances I've seen there.

Out of the Water is by US writer Brook Berman. With parallels to The Odessy, with its journey home disrupted by sirens, it captures the unease of early middle age that's fuelled by the palpable pain of what's missing or what might have been.
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The full review is onaussietheatre.com and will be here in a few days.

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