Monday, 1 December 1997

Reviews 1997 Kate Herbert, Herald Sun


Reviews 1997
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

The following are all reviews published in Herald Sun during 1997. They are still available through www.newstext.com.au

They will all be uploaded in full soon.  KH

 PROGRAM WORTH APPLAUDING   Herald Sun, 30-12-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 050, 385 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
IT WAS a year of birthdays: La Mama turned 30, Playbox hit 21 and the Victorian College of the Arts celebrated its 25th. It was also a fine year for both fringe and mainstream theatre. The Melbourne Theatre Company provided my favorite: Molly Sweeney...

   REVIEW THEATRE   Herald Sun, 29-12-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 082, 420 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Fresh Wind blows again Wind in the Willows Where and when: Royal Botanic Gardens, Gate F; Saturday DID you know you can do weasel workshops during summer if you want to learn how to be a sneaky creep? As part of this season of Wind in the Willows, we...

    ALADDIN COMES TO DINNER   Herald Sun, 03-12-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 061, 427 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Aladdin Where and when: Caper's Dinner Theatre until December 24 Colette Mann has leapt from the little screen to a box set not much larger to feature in a bizarre version of Aladdin with John Finlayson, Paul Baden and Steve Kidd. Mann plays the lust...

    IT'S PATSY RIGHT TO THE LAST   Herald Sun, 01-12-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 100, 411 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Patsy Cline: Her Songs, Her Story When and where: Universal Theatre (no closing date) PATSY Cline didn't have much luck outside of her Country and Western career. She married young, divorced, then married again to a philanderer and spendthrift. Her f...

   DRAMA MINUS THE HISTRIONICS   Herald Sun, 29-11-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 110, 278 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Theatre The Park Where and when: VCA Drama Studio; until Dec 6 Reviewer: Kate Herbert IT IS such a joy to see a play that confronts grief without indulging in melodramatics. Steve Wheat's The Park has a warmth and wry humor that, combined with his se...

   RAGE ON STAGE TOO RELENTLESS   Herald Sun, 29-11-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 111, 405 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Maelstrom Where and when: at Beckett Theatre, Ballarat University, until November 29 "DON'T stand in my shadow, don't stare in my face," is the imperative of the aggressive and disenfranchised youth of Chris Dickins' play, Maelstrom. I'd be inclined ...

    ENJOY A GOOD CHAT AT A TOP VENUE   Herald Sun, 28-11-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 086, 460 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cabaret Chat Noir Where and when: Up Top Cocktail Bar, 123 Russell St. Last performance: 8pm, Sunday, November 30 Reviewer: Kate Herbert MELBOURNE has a tradition of reviving Berlin and Parisian cabaret, and the latest update is Cabaret Chat Noir (Bl...

    REVIEW   Herald Sun, 24-11-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 083, 395 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE Pope Joan, Women's Circus Where and when: old Police Garage, until December 6 IF YOU were a convent gal, you will understand how uproariously funny it is seeing 20 nuns teetering on another nun's bottom. Such is the display of antics in the W...

   TEMPEST BLOWS UP A STORM   Herald Sun, 24-11-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 084, 401 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Tempest, by the Bell Shakespeare Company Where and when: Athenaeum 1 until December 6 IT IS a joy to see a production of The Tempest emphasising its musical foundation. Jim Sharman, a director of music theatre and opera (Superstar, Rocky Horror),...

   MURDER MOST CAMP, BUT COLORLESS   Herald Sun, 18-11-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 058, 411 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love By Brad Fraser Vortical Theatre When and where: Athenaeum 2, until November 23. A WELL-written script can rise like a phoenix from even a mediocre production. Such is the case with Canadian playw...

    BLOWN AWAY BY DARK JOURNEY   Herald Sun, 21-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 052, 408 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Melbourne Festival Features of Blown Youth By Raimondo Cortese Where and when: Ranters Theatre, Economiser Building, Spencer St, until November 1 BEING cool is a painful dead end. Raimondo Cortese's play Features of Blown Youth highlights the tragedy...

    A HOWLING WILDERNESS   Herald Sun, 20-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 081, 392 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Melbourne Festival Raised by Wolves Where and when: Handspan Theatre, Victoria Dock Shed 14 until October 14 THERE comes a moment when we realise we have turned into our parents. Mine was during Raised by Wolves, when my uppermost thought was: "Turn ...  
 

HSUN1097.SRC.008   Herald Sun, 18-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 098, 209 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Perfect Madness Where and when: Courthouse Theatre until Nov 2 Reviewer: Kate Herbert LETTE was a whisker away from making it at the Tivoli. Her brother Gordon was a rising country and western singer. Instead they live their lives on a decrepit Sides...

    REVIEW   Herald Sun, 13-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 084, 373 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
I'M Not a Nut - Elect Me Anthony Morgan Where and when: Trades Hall Council chambers until October 19 ANTHONY Morgan is a comedy butterfly effect. There is order in his chaos theory. No matter how circuitous his path or how bizarre his theory, he alw...

    FIGHTS ARE A STORM IN A BATHTUB   Herald Sun, 07-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 046, 421 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE Cloudburst Where and when: At La Mama until October 12 SOME relationships are simply to be weathered. Such is the case with the couple in Steve Wheat's play Cloudburst. Beth (Sarah Chapman) and David (Craig Goddard) meet, fall passionately in...

    HSUN1097.SRC.002   Herald Sun, 06-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 075, 415 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Moonlodge Where and when: Festival of Dreaming at La Mama; October 7-12 Reviewer: Kate Herbert BRECHT said of Mother Courage that a slow silent scream was a more powerful expression of her grief than any vocal sound could be. So it is in Margo Kane's...

    CRITIC'S CHOICE   Herald Sun, 04-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 107, 311 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cat SYD Brisbane performs this in-your-face, one-man show about a deeply disturbed individual with a dark past who lives in a country town. It is quite a challenge for the audience. Kennedy's Children By: Robert Patrick Where: Athenaeum upstairs bar ...

    SAD LIVES OF '60S REFUGEES   Herald Sun, 03-10-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 078, 188 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Kennedy's Children By Robert Patrick Where and when: Athenaeum Upstairs Bar until October 19 JFK and Marilyn Monroe were not the only casualties of the swingin' '60s. Kennedy's Children, by US playwright Robert Patrick, crawls inside the sad lives of...

   A DOSE OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT   Herald Sun, 30-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 046, 370 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Hysteria By Damien Richardson Where and when: La Mama until October 5 Writer-performer Damien Richardson has done just this with his solo play Hysteria. He has used factual information and hilariously exaggerated autobiographical details of his own f...

   DREAMS CAN COME TRUE   Herald Sun, 27-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 112, 291 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THE Festival of the Dreaming, which is part of the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics, is getting good press and audiences, despite a boycott by some Aboriginal artists. Objections to the festival and director Rhoda Robert's programming include a lack of...  


 CRITICS' CHOICE   Herald Sun, 27-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 115, 314 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The John Wayne Principle for Playbox Where: Merlin Theatre When: until October 4 THE egocentric and cut-throat world of corporate business is cleverly satirised in this acerbically witty play. McNamara used to work in the money market and he provides...

    OZ IS STILL ON THE HIGH WIRE   Herald Sun, 13-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 114, 375 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW circus Circus Oz Where and When: Melbourne Town Hall until October 5 T HERE'S one thing about Australia - we put on a good circus - and this year's Circus Oz season is no exception. The second half is like being on the bus in the movie Speed, ...

    MEAT A FUNNY, TOUCHING BUTCHER   Herald Sun, 09-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 051, 395 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Meat By Nick Meenahan Where and when: Universal Theatre 1 until October 5 Meat, a solo show by Sydney actor and clown, Nick Meenahan, explores the joy of meat. "Pleased to meet ya. Meat to please ya," he quips with a cheeky cock of the head and a kno...

    CEREBRAL VERSUS THE PHYSICAL   Herald Sun, 08-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 087, 371 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre The Butcher, The Baker By Ella Filar Where and when: La Mama at the Courthouse until September 20 COULD it be a universal consciousness that causes strange themes to emerge simultaneously on stage? This month Ella Filar's play The Butc..

.    A NIGHT OF POE POEMS... AND MORE   Herald Sun, 03-09-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 053, 366 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Visions of Poe By Michael David Treloar Where and when: Christ Church, St Kilda, until September 20 LONG before Stephen King, the master of horror was American poet and short-story writer Edgar Allen Poe. His style was Gothic, spine-chilling imagery ...

   THE WAY TO OLD WORLD LAUGHS   Herald Sun, 30-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 112, 419 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Way of the World Where and when: Grant St Theatre until September 6 Reviewer: Kate Herbert A FTER Charles II returned from France on the death of Cromwell, London was one big party. The latter part of the 17th century heralded a new era in entert...

    HARDLY FOR THE GRETA GOOD   Herald Sun, 29-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 081, 436 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE Camille by Vault Theatre Where and when: The Herbarium, Botanic Gardens, to September 20 TRANSPOSING a novel to film is difficult and requires editing. Transporting that screenplay to stage is a further artistic risk. Doing this 60 years afte...

    MESSAGE LOST IN THE MIX   Herald Sun, 26-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 050, 385 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Mass, by Arena Theatre Where and when: University Theatre 1 until August 30 IF Mass were on TV, it would be preceded by the warnings: "Some violence, sex scenes, language, adult themes." It is titillation for teenagers. Director Rosemary Myers, in th...

    CHEKHOV'S TRIPLE TREAT   Herald Sun, 25-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 032, 353 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre The Three Sisters Where and when: Hildegard at Theatreworks until September 7 Reviewer: KATE HERBERT OH HAPPY days for Chekhov lovers! This week Melbourne hosts (accidentally) twin productions of his classic, The Three Sisters. Hildega...

   ROBIN USHER   Herald Sun, 22-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 072, 488 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
On golden pond CHRISTIE'S auction house is hoping to set a record price for artist Brett Whiteley's work at sales in South Yarra next Tuesday. The current highwater price is $299,000 set last August for The Orange Fiji Fruit Dove. Christie's hopes to...

    WENDY DUSTS OFF A LEGEND   Herald Sun, 18-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 068, 440 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
I Only Want to Be With You - The Dusty Springfield Story Devised by: Terry O'Connell MY Neighboring table at The Dusty Springfield Story had travelled from Adelaide especially for the show and a Melbourne weekend. Now that's dedication. The eight of ...

   WOMEN AT WAR ARE OFF TARGET   Herald Sun, 15-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 079, 348 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Summit Conference Where and when: Athenaeum 2 until August 24 THE personal lives of dictators are of endless fascination to the ordinary person. As we peer voyeuristically back through time, taking in misinformation and propaganda films, we try to fo...

   LILLFORD WORK BIGGER THAN TEXAS   Herald Sun, 15-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 080, 344 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Are You Evil Tonight? Where and when: La Mama until August 31 Reviewer: Kate Herbert DANIEL Lillford's Are You Evil Tonight? is written, directed and acted with wit, truth and subtlety. Lillford continues his love affair with the dusty Texan desert i...

   PARODY BECOMES ITS OWN VICTIM   Herald Sun, 12-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 044, 374 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Popular Mechanicals Where and when: Dancehouse until August 16 Reviewer: Kate Herbert THE Popular Mechanicals is a witty send-up of the "mechanicals", or tradesmen, who rehearse and perform "the very tragical story of Pyramus and Thisbe" in Shake...

   UNEVEN TEMPEST BLOWS HOT AND COLD   Herald Sun, 11-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 059, 374 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Tempest Where and when: Merlyn Theatre until August 16 Reviewer: Kate Herbert MUCH new and interesting Australian theatre emphasises the physical and visual. When this is applied to a dense text, namely Shakespeare's The Tempest, the company need...

    SOME HAPPY RETURNS   Herald Sun, 05-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 048, 345 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre These Foolish Things, by One Toe, and Trapped, by Trudy Hellier THE second evening of La Mama's birthday theatre marathon on the weekend was a double bill. The more successful of the two was Trapped by Trudy Hellier (from Frontline). I...  
 AN UNTIDY STATE OF PLAY   Herald Sun, 04-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 060, 419 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE Sodomy & Cigarettes Where and when: Melbourne University Mudfest, until August 9 THERE is a fine tradition of political theatre which confronts contemporary social issues and challenges government. Agit-prop (agitational propaganda) was an in...

    MAMA'S FINEST   Herald Sun, 02-08-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 107, 436 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre La Mama Theatre Marathon Program 1: Three Old Friends and Long Time No See by Jack Hibberd; Robert Fumes by Barry Dickins and The Mind's a Wonderful Thing by Margaret Cameron L A MAMA celebrated its 30th birthday this week with a three...

    PAIN OF A FAMILY SQUABBLE   Herald Sun, 29-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 068, 346 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Legacy Where and when: La Mama at Carlton Courthouse until August 9 JACK Hibberd has an extraordinary facility for fusing the poetic and the colloquial in

 language. He used this style in his master work Stretch of the Imagination and it is again evid...    LOVE UNDER SIEGE   Herald Sun, 22-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 045, 413 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Life During Wartime Written by: Keith Reddin Performed by: Jim Daly, Brett Tucker, Peter Roberts, Clarissa House and Sam Johnson Where and when: Soup Kitchen Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre 2, until August 3 Keith Reddin's play is a generally light commen...


 PREDICTABLE IN MOURNING   Herald Sun, 21-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 060, 358 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE The Mourning After VERITY Lambert's melodrama may well have been written as a vehicle for musical comedy star Nancye Hayes. Belle has been a chorus-line singer and former radio-serial star ("it lasted three years longer than Blue Hills"). Dur...

    FOOTBALL FEVER GRABS TOP MARK   Herald Sun, 15-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 053, 358 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Roo Where and when: La Mama until Sunday SYDNEY playwright Angus Strachan says bringing his footy show, Roo, to Melbourne is "like taking coals to Newcastle". Roo is a short piece with some peppy dialogue. Director Peter Hayes keeps it going at a cra...

   HORROR MOMENTS IN HUMAN FAILINGS   Herald Sun, 09-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 049, 370 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Footprints in Water Where and when: La Mama until July 20 MATT Cameron's award-winning play, Footprints in Water, highlights prejudices and breaks social taboos by creating characters who are vile representations of all the worst "isms" in our cultur...

    MEAT IN THE SANDWICH   Herald Sun, 07-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 060, 379 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre Meatsafe Where and when: La Mama at Courthouse, until July 19 Reviewer: Kate Herbert FRANZ Docherty's play Meatsafe blatantly draws parallels between the bloody activities of the slaughterhouse and the sometimes equally violent, albeit...

   TAKE A HUNCH ON PLAY LUNCH   Herald Sun, 02-07-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 057, 278 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre Shorts Soup Kitchen Theatre Where and when: Athenaeum II; at 12.10pm and 1.10pm until July 11 DOES your lunch hour usually consist of jogging elbows while ordering a $10 gourmet sandwich or rushing out to buy a birthday gift at David J...

   QUANTOCK SATIRE LASHES CRONIES   Herald Sun, 24-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 043, 366 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Sunrise Boulevarde It harmonises with its surroundings at Trades Hall and reminds us of the lost Paris End of Collins St. It has no view of the Casino, the Grand Prix track, the new museum or the Tulla Tollway Gate. Only hard-earned cash will be acce...

   GADGETS A GIANT GIGGLE   Herald Sun, 21-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 116, 296 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Marty Putz Of course, they are Dinky-toy quality, some being patched up with "heat resistant duct tape" and all being of a weird, kids-loose-in-dad's-shed knocked-together style. Many are hilarious. Just when we start getting a bit tired of all the p...

   ALL TOIL AND TOO MUCH TROUBLE   Herald Sun, 20-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 085, 380 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Macbeth Where and when: Universal Theatre II until June 28 Reviewer: Kate Herbert IT IS a brave company that tackles Macbeth. Arthouse Theatre, directed by Bruce Alexander, who also plays the lead, has taken the plunge but has whittled Shakespeare's ...

   UNLOCKING LIFE   Herald Sun, 20-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 089, 386 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Panayiota and Locked In Where and when: Brunswick Mechanics Institute until June 29 Reviewer: Kate Herbert THESE two plays, both at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, are unrelated except by theme. Angela Costi's Panayiota is the more successful. Lis...

    NAKED TRUTH ABOUT EFFIE   Herald Sun, 14-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 113, 387 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Effie X-Posed EFFIE'S people spoke to my people saying they didn't want too many press people at her three (yep!) opening nights. It would upset the balance of laughter. Now that's paranoid - even for a Boofhead Superstar! Effie X-Posed is the next e...

    SUITED TO SWIMMING   Herald Sun, 07-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 114, 414 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
In at the Deep End Where and when: La Mama until tomorrow Reviewer: Kate Herbert A NTHEA Davis, in her solo show In at the Deep End, has great warmth and generosity as a performer. Her complicity and engagement with the audience at La Mama draws us i...

    SHATTERING ROCK HITS HOME   Herald Sun, 06-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 082, 387 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Black Rock Where and when: Melbourne University Student Theatre Guild Theatre; until June 14 PARENTS often feel powerless in contemporary society to protect their young from drugs, road accidents or senseless violence. Nick Enright's play, Black Rock...

   FUN WITH GOLDEN OLDIES   Herald Sun, 04-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 043, 377 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Underneath the Arches Where and when: Caper's Dinner Restaurant until June 28 Reviewer: Kate Herbert HOW many other people who did not live through the war know all the words to Underneath the Arches and have no idea how they learnt them? Was it old ...

   WOLF HAS PLENTY OF BITE   Herald Sun, 02-06-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 068, 417 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre Wolf Lullaby Presented by: Performing Lines Where and when: The Malthouse until June 7 Reviewer: Kate Herbert THERE is something supremely disturbing about a disturbed child. This makes Hilary Bell's Wolf Lullaby an intensely disturbin...

    LIGHT AND FLUFFY, BUT LOTS OF FUN   Herald Sun, 30-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 071, 367 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Art of Success Presented by: Company 97: VCA Drama School Where and when: Grant Theatre until tomorrow THE most striking element of The Victorian College of the Arts production of Nick Dear's The Art of Success is its extraordinary design in the ...

   STIRRING PASSIONS   Herald Sun, 27-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 045, 283 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Little City Presented by: Melbourne Workers Theatre Where and when: Brunswick Town Hall until June 8 LITTLE City is really an opera. It is a provocative concept which is manifested in the rich collaboration between the 50-voice choir Canto Coro, ecle...

   WAR TORN WORRIES OF BODY AND SOUL   Herald Sun, 26-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 063, 373 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Empty Shells Written by: Ramez Tabit Where and when: University Theatre 2 until June 7 RAMEZ Tabit's Empty Shells, a play about the war in Lebanon, touched me in unanticipated ways. It is not sentimental, but the universal experience of war and dislo...

    WORKING DOGS   Herald Sun, 24-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 107, 422 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Tap Dogs I F you've ever wondered like I have what's happening on those inner-city building sites behind those huge wooden fences, now we know. Tap Dogs have revealed all the secrets. Those TLF blokes (Tappers Laborers Federation) are tap dancing on ...

   DROUGHT GETS BOGGED DOWN   Herald Sun, 23-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 082, 403 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE The Drought Where and when: La Mama; until June 8 THE script of Tom Petsinis's play The Drought, although set in contemporary rural Greece, owes a great deal to ancient Greek drama. It uses a chorus which sings in verse, focuses on a blood fe...

    ELTON'S POWER STRIKES A CHORD   Herald Sun, 19-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 067, 370 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW comedy Ben Elton BEN Elton is like an over-wound mechanical toy. He careers, twirls and skips across the stage with an awkward grace, bouncing off the microphone. He is vivid and bubbling like some insane toy soldier. Unlike the battery-powere...  


 EXPLODING THE MYTHS OF SPORT   Herald Sun, 14-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 050, 371 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Austral/Asian Post Cartoon: Sports Edition "WE are NYID!" This sounds like the Hitler Youth but is in fact the chant of the impeccably well-drilled squad of nine actors which is Not Yet It's Difficult. It is not only the company name that is ting...

    SLIGHTLY OUT OF STEP   Herald Sun, 09-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 081, 370 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Last Gasp Where and when: Napier Street Theatre; until May 17 THE beams of light stream through holes in a galvo roof or dirty window panes. The warehouse is piled with packing pallets. The atmosphere is thick with fog and cigarette smoke. Ironically...

    MORE THAN A LEFTIST RANT   Herald Sun, 08-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 051, 218 words , HIT
The Essentials The play, written and directed by Stefo Nantsou, has two distinct storylines which link in the final five minutes, too long to wait for the pay-off. One thread deals with the privatisation process of the ambulance officers, the second ...

    LIVELY RETURN TO '70S   Herald Sun, 07-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 047, 299 words , NEWS
Mary Shelley and the Monsters Where and when: La Mama at the Courthouse until May 17 Reviewer: Kate Herbert TIM Robertson's play Mary Shelley and the Monsters is messy but funny. It was written in the heyday of the Pram Factory and has the chaotic sc...

   ACCENT ON THE MIGRANT   Herald Sun, 05-05-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 071, 385 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre Dock 39 Where and when: Theatreworks until May 18 Reviewer: Kate Herbert D ECONSTRUCTION is a funny thing. In theatre it can enlighten and heighten issues with its prismatic effect or it can merely obscure them. In Dock 39, the latest ...

   A NIGHT UNITED BY SEVEN   Herald Sun, 29-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 045, 396 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for Seven Audience in Seven Parts Where and when: La Mama until May 4 IT'S one minute to midnight by the clock on the wall which I didn't notice until the very last moment, the 11th hour, as an actor untied my wrists a...

   CHEERS LEAD TO HATRED   Herald Sun, 25-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 071, 368 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre Big Hair in America Where and when: Universal Theatre 1 until May 11 Reviewer: KATE HERBERT EVERYTHING'S bigger, badder and weirder in America - and that includes revenge. So don't y'all even think about crossing a Texas Momma with big...

   SENSE OF ODD HUMOR   Herald Sun, 17-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 049, 249 words , HIT
Rhona Cameron RHONA Cameron is as cute as a button. She bobs about on stage gently joking about being short, being drunk, being teased about being Scottish, being 30, being jet-lagged in Melbourne. Cameron is not a belly-laugh comic, which is a great...

   A WILD BIRD TAKES FLIGHT   Herald Sun, 14-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 060, 313 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
When a Man Comes to a Woman Where and when: La Mama until April 20 IF YOU were to toss melancholy and absurdity into a blender, you would have something resembling Russian comedy. When a Man Comes to a Woman, by Semen Zlotnik, is no exception. This p...

   WARM BAILEY HITS THE SPOT   Herald Sun, 14-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 061, 273 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Bill Bailey Where and when: Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall until Sunday FIVE words. Bill Bailey: Go see him. He's really funny. He's an esoteric intellectual, a silly bugger, a musical gag-meister, a lateral poet and a king of popular culture....

    DIZZY ON AN OVERDOSE OF FUNNINESS   Herald Sun, 11-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 071, 344 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Comedy Steven Wright Where and when: Melbourne Concert Hall until Saturday EDWARD de Bono may write books about lateral thinking, but Steven Wright lives them. In fact, he lives it on a planet far from ours. He inhabits the Planet Tangent, which is p...

   LAUGHIN' AT THE LADY IN RED   Herald Sun, 11-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 072, 296 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Comedy Dumped and Devastated When and where: Melbourne Town Hall until April 20 Reviewer: Kate Herbert GERALDINE McNulty's Dumped and Devastated is another must-see solo Comfest show, particularly if your taste leans toward a more theatrical comedy w...

   SO FUNNY, IT'S STILL HURTING   Herald Sun, 09-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 048, 354 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW comedy Abroad With Two Men Where and When: Capitol Theatre, until April 20. ABROAD With Two Men combines the best of comic songs with scathing satire. If you think arts festivals are over-priced, over-funded, and overly artsy, you will love th...

    NORRIS SERVES UP A WINNER   Herald Sun, 08-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 043, 330 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Allison's Rub Where and when: La Mama at Carlton's Courthouse; until next Sunday Reviewer: Kate Herbert ALLISON'S Rub, the first play written by actor and ex-MLA Terry Norris, is a tale of coming of age in a strange way. Beryl (Paulene Terry-Beitz) a...

    PAN ROCKS ON, SHADOWLESS   Herald Sun, 08-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 044, 363 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Peter Pan Presented by: Arena Theatre and Back to Back Where and when: Fairfax Studio; until April 16 Arena and Back to Back Theatres have joined forces to create Peter Pan on stage for eight to 13-year-olds. Pam Laversha's adaptation of J.M. Barrie ...

    WOMEN BEHAVING LIKE MEN   Herald Sun, 07-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 030, 290 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Sunday Roast Where and when: Comedy Festival Trades Hall; Tues-Sun 6pm until April 20 Reviewer: Kate Herbert GIRLS dressing up as blokes has a totally different effect from blokes in drag. Somehow it is easier to take them seriously, to listen. I...

    MASKED BUT LOTS OF FUN   Herald Sun, 07-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 031, 257 words , FINANCE
Candide MELBOURNE has only one exclusively mask-based theatre company. Ironically, it is called Melbourne Maskworks. Its newest work is based on Voltaire's novel Candide and is performed in the style of the Italian Commedia dell'Arte, ancestor of our...

    SECRETS OF UNDERWEAR   Herald Sun, 05-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 107, 292 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Jeff Green Comedy Festival Where and when: Melbourne Town Hall; until April 20 ENGLISH comic Jeff Green has interesting hips. He seems to use them to great advantage in his stand-up routine. He wiggles 'em a bit, pushes his bottom out, poses side-on ...

    BASIC INSTINCTS FAIL   Herald Sun, 05-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 108, 217 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Frank Skinner Where and when: Comedy Festival, Melbourne Town Hall; until April 20 FRANK Skinner's a funny and charming English comic, but it seems he does too many gigs which have forced him to cater for the lowest common denominator. He opened with...

    HANDS ON APPROACH WORKS WONDERS   Herald Sun, 04-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 071, 327 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Below the Belt Where and when: Comedy Festival Melbourne Town Hall, 11pm, until April 20 PICTURE this. It's approaching midnight. A steamy striptease turns violent. The bouncers are attacked by the exotic dancer....


 LAUGHING STOCK   Herald Sun, 04-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 073, 325 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Greg Proops Comedy Festival Where and when: Melbourne Town Hall until April 20 WHAT a novelty! An American who hasn't had his irony gland removed. Greg Proops' stand-up is intelligent, politically informed and extremely silly. He works to the highest...

    FIT FOR A KING   Herald Sun, 02-04-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 039, 316 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW comedy Russell Fletcher's King of Fools Where and when: Melbourne Town Hall until April 20 T HE award-winning King of Fools by Russell Fletcher has all the elements of a great film-noir movie - with great jokes. There is a company takeover, a ..

.    COMIC NOVELS LOSE IN TRANSLATION   Herald Sun, 22-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 083, 285 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Vegetable Magnetism Adapted from Kathy Lette's novels Where and when: Universal Theatre 1, until April 6 WHAT is it that drives people into insane relationships? More specifically, what drives an Australian woman (Carolyn Bock) into a relationship wi...

   TREATISE ON LOVE AND GRIEF   Herald Sun, 17-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 050, 369 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Knowledge & Melancholy Where and when: La Mama until March 23 Review: KATE HERBERT SOMETIMES if we could simply un-know something, un-experience it, we might not be so sad. Knowledge & Melancholy - one seems to lead to the other. They are blood siste...

    NEAT LAUGHS   Herald Sun, 15-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 081, 213 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Theatre Tartuffe, by La Poule Terrible CENSORSHIP was alive and well during the period of Moliere's Comedie Francaise (the 17th century). His play Tartuffe was banned as blasphemous on its first run. This production adheres to the comic genre, using ...

    FASCINATING TALE OF NIGHT'S TORMENT   Herald Sun, 13-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 044, 440 words , HIT
The Early Hours of a Reviled Man Where and when: La Mama at Studio One, Nicholson St, Fitzroy until March 30 FOR the unstable, a solitary journey through the night into the dawn can be pure torment. So it is for Sleen in Howard Barker's play The Earl...

   HIBBERD'S IMAGINATION IS ALIVE AND FRESH   Herald Sun, 11-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 061, 369 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
A Stretch of the Imagination Where and when: Comedy Club; until March 23 "GREAT idea opening a one-man show on International Women's Day," quipped a friendly fax to actor Peter Hosking on the eve of his opening of Jack Hibberd's classic, A Stretch of...

    AUDIENCE BECOMES PART OF THE GAME   Herald Sun, 10-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 061, 347 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Up the Road IN Up the Road, John Harding's play about a family funeral on an Aboriginal mission, director Neil Armfield has instilled a sense of joy into the theatre space. The show is one big game with actors and audience participating, giving the w...  

 ROSES ON THE NOSE   Herald Sun, 08-03-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 078, 344 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The White Rose and the Blue Where and when: Melbourne Town Hall; until March 16 Reviewer: KATE HERBERT T HE jury is out. We are now officially unshockable. In the face of on-stage nipple-piercing, rape fantasies, suggestions of incest and, most promi...

    FUEL FOR SERIOUS THOUGHT   Herald Sun, 28-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 074, 422 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THEATRE Petroleum Where and when: La Mama until March 9 Reviewer: KATE HERBERT GOD bless the short play. Or should I say, God bless the well-written short play. Petroleum is such an animal. It is extraordinary how intimately we can get to know strang...  

  JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF SELF   Herald Sun, 25-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 044, 372 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Self Where and when: La Mama until March 9 WRITER'S block is an extremely serious business. And so it is for the desperate title character of Drew Tingwell's play, Self, directed by John Higginson. Self is a mentally ill, isolated writer who sits, fa...
    CLOWNING AROUND   Herald Sun, 22-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 088, 385 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Where and when: Theatreworks in St Kilda until March 2 FORGET Marcel Marceau. All too rarely do we get a genuine clown show. The last we saw, a year ago, Happy as Laundry, was the prequel toDust. Please, don't think of klutzy clown makeup or romantic...

    ONE THING'S CLEAR, IT'S A HOOT   Herald Sun, 18-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 052, 331 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Is that You Nancy? By: Sandra Shotlander Where and when: Carlton Courthouse; until March 1 AN INORDINATE amount of Melbourne theatre at present is written by, about and for the gay and lesbian community. And part of the trend is Is That You Nancy? by...  

 SHORT AND THE LONG OF IT   Herald Sun, 14-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 108, 381 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New Short Works St Kilda Writers' Festival Where and when: Theatreworks until Sunday HOW short is a short work? Twenty, 30 minutes tops? A couple of the New Short Works in the St Kilda Writers' Festival program were 40 and 60 minutes long. This did n...  

 MEN WILL BE MEN   Herald Sun, 12-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 043, 356 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
REVIEW theatre The Art of Being Still Where and when: Guild Theatre, Melbourne University to February 22 ACCORDING to the program notes, writer-director Steve Dawson's mum suggested the collective title for his two plays: The Poofta Plays. Good title...  

  TANGO LACKS POLISH   Herald Sun, 11-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 045, 347 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Tango Slawomir Mrozek is a living Polish playwright who writes in the style of the absurdist school of Beckett and Ionesco. Tango is his best-known work. The Tango family comprises a father (Jim Daly) who is an experimental theatre artist, a mother (...

    PRINCE CHARMING   Herald Sun, 08-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 074, 366 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Where and when: Comedy Theatre throughout February N O WORRIES! She'll be right! Glynn Nicholas is really bloody charming - and he gets away with murder on stage because of it. He does sentimental old love songs, Hollywood-schlock romantic narrative ...

    CABARET IN BLUE   Herald Sun, 06-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 049, 337 words , HIT
The Last Blue Angel The Last Blue Angel by Alex Prior has taken a scrap of historical fact about such a man and developed a political piece of theatre. It is a snappy burlesque which, ironically, blends Berlin cabaret of the 1920s with Britain's Worl...

    PHANTOM CALL   Herald Sun, 05-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 066, 479 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
CONFIRMED dates for the return of The Phantom of the Opera to its original Australian home, the Princess Theatre, show how competitive the theatre scene is becoming in Melbourne. It means David Marriner is likely to have two blockbusters under way wh...

    MALE BONDING AT A PRICE   Herald Sun, 04-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 028, 387 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
No Man's Island Where and when: La Mama until February 16 IN CRISIS or in pain, sometimes only a companion, a partner, a comrade can shift us out of depression or away from madness. It doesn't even seem to matter who the companion is. It is simply th...

 WHERE WAS THE MEXICAN WAVE?   Herald Sun, 03-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 048, 437 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Esso Concert in the Bowl And an outdoor event would not be the same without the threat of rain. Brollies and champers at the ready, team. Joyfully, the clouds held their burden and the audience in the "outer" remained dry listening to our exceptional...

   PAIN OF BROKEN HEARTS   Herald Sun, 01-02-1997, Ed: 2, Pg: 079, 221 words , ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Where and when: Theatreworks until February 9 VALTER Malosti's performance in Hearts: A Poster of the Cosmos is, at times, so frenetic it is painful. His character's grief and his need to tell the story of his great love for his partner are palpable....