Playing at the Houdini Theatre @ Arrow On Swanston, from July 6-10
The brainchild of a supremely talented Melbourne-based magic duo – Sam and Justin – Adults Only Magic Show is exactly what it says on the tin, but while it does get quite raunchy at times, it’s also unexpectedly sweet and a vigorously good natured show pulled off with aplomb by two master magicians. Even with an 18+ warning on the posters, it’s highly unlikely anyone would find anything to get upset about in this hilarious show.
While the clever pun of this show’s title went right over my head until I said it out loud, there’s certainly nothing subtle about the show itself, a rollicking, floor-rumbling 90-minute all-female drumming extravaganza that constantly finds ways to reinvent itself and keep the performance fresh and innovative.
As the name implies, a team of eight female drummers (known as Bey-B, Freedom, Rebel, Switch, Zen, Sass, Luna and Cap) serve up a dynamic show full of rhythmic routines and drumming excellence, with their talent and on-stage chemistry truly bringing the house down on multiple occasions.
There’s barely a word of dialogue spoken in the show, with the performers miming everything instead. It matters little as this is a show that relies purely on its music and visuals, with some incredible lighting effects deftly adding to the spectacle as the gang bangs out some thumping tunes on stage.
Apart from the use of a large xylophone and the occasional guitar, most of the drumming is done without any other musical accompaniment, and it all works incredibly well. And while there is plenty of traditional drumming equipment littered all over the stage, anything and everything on stage is used as a drumming instrument, including the performers themselves.
The Dumtectives In Cirque Noir is a dazzling hour of breath-taking slapstick and comedic brilliance. The brainchild of local circus company Dummies Corp, Dumtectives, staged at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Arts Centre forecourt, uses the framework of a 1940s film noir as a springboard for acrobatic stunts, cheeky stripteases, bawdy burlesque, marvellous mime, astounding juggling feats and innovative puppetry, all incorporated into what is a largely dialogue-free show.
Playing at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne until February 8
The Lyric Theatre, Sydney from February 15-March 15
The Crown Theatre, Perth from March 24-April 12 https://warhorseonstage.com.au/
There’s certainly one thing audiences will remember above all else from this incredible production – the incredible horse puppets which are simply astounding. But even though the horses are the undisputed stars of the show, the emotional core of this wartime story is still strong and this is an incredibly emotional production that that most people will shed a tear to while viewing.
It’s not often you attend a show and before you can take your seat, you’re invited up to the stage to join the cast in a friendly pint from an actual working bar on the stage floor. But that’s what happens to attendees of The Choir of Man, a rollicking 90-minute singing session with a troupe of likeable British lads who instantly win over the crowd with their warm and friendly demeanour, and have the audience on side even before they start singing, even without the free beer.
A truly iconic musical, Chicago has graced the stages of Melbourne many times in the past, but this current revival, just having opened in Melbourne after sell-out runs in both Sydney and Brisbane, will surely rank amongst the very best of them.
On Tuesday June 11th, Melbourne’s iconic Princess Theatre, currently housing the local production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II, pulled double duty by also playing host to the Helpmann Awards Nomination ceremony, ahead of the Awards ceremony itself, to be held at Melbourne’s Arts Centre on July 14th and 15th.
Tribute acts have always had a bit of a stigma attached to them by some members of the public. While tribute artists make up a huge sub-section of the music industry, there are still some audiences who refuse to see a tribute show, as if attending a concert by such a performer is to somehow besmirch the reputation of the real artist they’re honouring.
Playing at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne until March 26
The Play That Goes Wrong is genius. Pure and simple. Laugh out loud hilarious from start to finish, this increasingly frenetic British farce starts on a brilliant note and achieves the incredible feat of getting even more riotous as the play goes on (and goes very, very wrong).