Monday, March 7, 2016

Fringe 2016 final week

Okay, the 2016 Adelaide Fringe is in its final week, and I've seen a lot of shows that are still on. Here are those I'm recommending people see, grouped by venue. Link in the show name will take you to the show's Fringetix page; link in 'review' will take you to my review of it.

Tuxedo Cat - 54 Hyde Street, Adelaide

Poet vs Pageant - review
The Ballad of Frank Allen - review
The Eulogy
Moonlight After Midnight

Holden Street Theatres - Holden St, Thebarton

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie - review
Echoes by Henry Naylor
A Gambler's Guide to Dying

The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide

Stuart Bowden: She Was Probably Not a Robot - review
Puddles Pity Party: Potluck
A Night at the Musicals

The Producers - Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Beers About Songs

Friday, February 19, 2016

Fringe picks 2016

I've been slack and not put together my usual list of Fringe recommendations - so, instead, I'm going to do one (roughly) weekly. So, here's what I think you should see (that's on right now) - title links to the show's FringeTix page:

Red Ink by Duncan Graham

Puddles Pity Party - Potluck

A Night at the Musicals

Pirates of Penzance on the Popeye

Echoes by Henry Naylor

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

Alice Tovey: Malice

I'll update the list as I see/hear about more good shows. Happy Fringing!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hugh Jackman: Broadway to Oz

One afternoon in August I checked my email inbox and couldn't quite believe what I was reading – that Hugh Jackman, arguably Australia's favourite actor, musical theatre performer and awards show host1, would be coming to Adelaide to do a live show. And, unlike most big-name gigs that get announced months (or more2) in advance, it was going to be in December – only a few months away, and tickets were on sale in a few days.

You'd better believe that as soon as I'd checked I didn't already have plans that night (Thursday December 10) and confirmed that the GF wanted to come (she did), I bought two tickets as soon as they went on sale.

We ended up with really good seats – not always a given with the ticketing system at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. It took me a bit of looking at the venue map to establish just how good they were – if I had it right, we'd be within a few metres of the thrust stage, which he (showman that is he) would almost certainly use.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Postmodern Jukebox

A few weeks back – hilariously, I started writing this only a few days after the gig itself, but (as usual) I got distracted and didn't finish it – the phenomenon known as Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox came to town. What is Postmodern Jukebox? Well, it's a musical ensemble, led by Bradlee, who do interesting covers of both classic and recent pop/rock songs.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Crows vs Eagles

Two Sundays ago I, for the first time in (I think) 17 years, I went to a game of AFL – and, as the title would suggest, it was the Adelaide Crows versus the West Coast Eagles. I went with Rochelle, my girlfriend (who's somewhat of a Crows fan), and two of her friends who are Eagles fans.

I'm mostly uninterested in football1. There was a time when I paid attention to it, but that was a while ago and now I'm barely aware of who's playing well and who's not, other than what I might hear mentioned as I wander the corridors of the office. And, given that few of my co-workers (that I've noticed at least) are super-keen, that's not very much.

Why, then, did I go? Well, I like doing something different, and I knew that Rochelle wanted to go, both to see a game and spend some time with her friends. I also hadn't been to the Adelaide Oval since it'd been redeveloped2, so there was that as well.