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

October 1, 2013


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, […]

Managing Ambition: …Until Monstrous’s “Hotel”

May 27, 2013


Keen experimentation is a luxury of student theatre; when there’s a safe space for exploration, why not go to the very reaches of imagination and ability? Josiah Lulham and Clancy Moore’s Hotel is a lesson in ambition; the show is both a celebration of adventure and a warning about managing conceptual experimentation. The concept is this: one […]

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

May 25, 2013


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 […]

Jasmine Griffiths Reviews Blank Slate’s “Aussie Rules”

May 15, 2013


Writer/Director Andrew Keegan’s satire Aussie Rules, takes a wry look at Australian culture and identity while observing the hypocrisy of what we perceive to be the “Aussie” way of life. Genuinely funny comedy is incredibly difficult to write. Satire is even harder—it has to be clever, sophisticated AND funny. Aussie Rules doesn’t quite reach this […]

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

April 22, 2013


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


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


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 […]