Monday, February 10, 2014

Adelaide Fringe 2014 Preview

It's become a tradition for me to go through the Fringe guide each year and list the shows I think – for one reason or another – seem worth seeing. So, here's what 2014 has to offer: it's a mix of cabaret, comedy, dance and theatre.

Neither in any particular order nor clustered together by genre/art form... 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Breaking Bad

Given that it recently ended, and was something a lot of people were talking/raving about – I'm very into my pop culture, and I hate it when I'm outside the loop on a popular/interesting tv show – one of my goals over the Christmas break was to watch Breaking Bad from start to finish. So, on New Year's Day I achieved completion of that goal: all sixty-two episodes in just under a week of watching (a few things got in the way, like cricket, going to the cinema to see American Hustle and New Year's Eve celebrations1) – and I'm now reflecting upon the experience.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Recent goings-on

I've started a number of posts lately but haven't managed to finish any; that usually means I should do a compilation instead – so that's what I've done.

A Little Night Music

I didn't get allocated to review this show, but I felt it was one worth writing about because of how much I enjoyed it, and how it fits into a bigger picture of my taste in musical theatre.

The core plot is about Fredrik Egerman, a lawyer, and Desiree Armfeltd, an actress – they have a past, which, when Fredrik and his young trophy wife (in the parlance of our times1) attend a performance of a play Desiree is performing in, becomes the present. Complicating this is – of course – Fredrik's wife, Anne, but also Count Carl-Magnus, Desiree's lover and his wife Charlotte. And then there's Fredrik's seemingly humourless, seminary student son Henrick; Anne's amorous maid Petra; Desiree's mother Madame Armdfeldt (a retired courtesan) and daughter Frederika2 and a handful of servants. Oh, and there's a wandering five-person chorus which opens the show and pops up from time to time, but they don't factor into the plot.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

State Theatre Company Season 2014

A few weeks back – I've been distracted and/or lazy; take your pick – the hard copy of the State Theatre Company 2014 season showed up in my mailbox today; so, as I've done a couple of times in the past (in 2011 and 2013 at least), I've put down my thoughts on what Geordie Brookman and his team are bringing us next year.

Oh, and this is only the regular season shows; for everything including the State Ed and touring shows, see the official site here.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pacific Rim

I'm not sure which was the first piece of promo material I saw for Pacific Rim – I have a feeling it was a huge poster at the Piccadilly cinema which showed the head of the Jaeger1 'Gypsy Danger' – but it certainly got me interested enough to look further into it. When I found out what it was about – human-operated giant robot-like mecha fighting giant monsters – I was keen to know more; when I read it was to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, I decided to put it on my 'to-see' list.