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Hilary Binks on Four Letter Word Theatre’s “Live Acts On Stage”: Cruel Goddesses and Horny Mortals

October 1, 2013

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In a world with Clive Palmer, Vladimir Putin and a hipster Pope, it seems fitting to reflect on a mythology revolving around petty and insane deities.  Four Letter Word Theatre’s revision of Live Acts On Stage is a beautiful and unashamedly confronting piece. I left wanting to flip through my copies of Homer and Euripides, […]

Shakespeare among the Rubble: Union House Theatre’s “Third Person”

May 25, 2013

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Third Person is set in the ruins of Berlin in 1946, quite literally among the rubble of broken furniture and buildings. The city has been “cut up like a cake” after the fall of the Third Reich and tensions are starkly visible as lines of soldiers file through the Berliners scrounging among the ruins. With […]

UMMTA’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is “Mad Men” on Anti-depressants by Hilary Binks

April 22, 2013

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While UMMTA’s choice to coincide their performance of the classic ’60s musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (H2$), with the return of AMC’s Mad Men was probably a coincidence, comparisons between these two depictions of the corporate bubble are almost unavoidable. The lead character is really a bright-eyed, much younger Don Draper, who sings […]

A Little Jarring: “Titus Andronicus” by Hilary Binks

March 10, 2013

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Four Letter Word Theatre certainly took a bit of a risk in choosing Titus Andronicus, a play renowned in literary scholarship for being one of Shakespeare’s “worst”.  Fun fact: T.S. Elliot has described Titus as “one of the stupidest and most uninspired plays ever written.” Essentially, Titus is often written off as an early attempt […]

Horseplay: Four Letter Word Theatre’s “Equus” by Hilary Binks

January 12, 2013

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My initial familiarity with Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play, Equus, was heavily influenced by trashy celebrity mags, and could be summarized by the following: #danielradcliffe #naked #horsesaresexy. Four Letter Word Theatre’s opening performance of Equus, directed by Shannon Loughnane, could not have  further dashed those inadequate expectations. The play centres on child psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Christopher Runciman) and his latest […]

Mudfest 2011: “The Happening” by Hilary Binks

August 22, 2011

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What ‘happened’ last night… I can honestly say I had no idea what to expect from The Happening. The 60s graphic of orange-hippy flowers on the Mudfest website told me nothing. The accompanying description (or lack thereof) excited my curiosity; “Colour. Music. Improvisation. Paint. Bodies. Art. Movement. Chaos. Calmness. Kinesis.” Was the audience going to be improvising? […]