Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Friday, 3 October 1997
THEATRE ROUND UP column, Melbourne Sept-Oct 1997
THEATRE ROUND UP
Herbert, Oct 3, 1997
Meat by Nick Meenahan
Universal 2 until Oct 5, 1997
This solo show by ex-butcher Nick Meenahan, a lovable clown
with a wicked gleam in his eye, explores The Joy of Meat. Meenahan blends
pathos with comedy in this hilarious, touching hour. Stan the butcher has a
charming vulgarity. He seduces female customers, carves a lamb on stage and
peoples his world with off-stage characters.
Circus Oz Melbourne Town Hall until
October 5, 1997
There's one thing about Oz. We give good circus. The new
Circus Oz show is like being on the bus in the movie, Speedˇ but with better
music and wilder stunts. The skills of this company of multi-talented
performers increase exponentially, yearly. David Carlin's direction is slick
and the show is stylish. Terrific family entertainment.
Moonlodge at La Mama
from Oct 7 to 12, 1997
Canadian Native American actor Margo Kane brings her warm
and moving solo show Moonlodge to La Mama for one week after a hit season at
the Festival of the Dreaming. Kane people's the stage with quirky characters
met by the young Native American, Agnes, who was stolen from her family as a
child. She satirises stereotypes of 'Injuns' and penetrates the pain and joy of
her oppressed people.
The John Wayne
Principle by Tony McNamara.
Company for Playbox at Merlin Theatre until Oct 4, 1997
The egocentric and cut-throat world of corporate business is
cleverly satirised in Tony McNamara's acerbically witty play. McNamara, prior
to his writing career, worked in the money market and he provides a vicious
indictment of the mercenary, narcissistic and inhumane corporate world.His witty, rapid-fire dialogue is often
hilarious and the plot moves swiftly and relentlessly to its totally immoral
conclusion. Included in the cast is Frontline's Alison Whyte.
Cloudburst by Steve
Wheat La Mama until Oct 12, 1997
Steve Wheat's writing is intelligent, witty and often
poetic. His characters use words as weapons or caresses and his analogy of the
impending cloudburst highlights the potentially explosive love affair. Craig
Goddard plays Dave with the right amount of jittery neediness while SarahChapman is intense and brittle as the often
dislikeable Beth. The game of truth or dare in the bathtub is terrific.
Kennedy's Children by Robert Patrick
Athenaeum Upstairs bar until Oct 19, 1997
JFK and Marilyn Monroe were not the only casualties of the
swingin' 60's.U.S. Robert Patrick crawls inside the sad lives of some lesser
known tragedies who lived on into the nostalgic 70's. This adaptation
concentrates on two women. Carla (Deborah Robertson) is a Marilyn wannabe and
failed club singer. Rona (Suzie Cardiff) is a latter-day hippy who pines for
the days of real causes and idealistic kids. You get to drink in the bar with
Hysteria by Damien
Richardson at La Mama until Oct 5, 1997
No matter what name we give them: neurosis, sadness,
depression, melancholia, mania - nervous disorders are not to be sneezed at, so
why not make theatre about them? Writer-performer, Richardson, has used factual
information based on French analyst, Charcot, and hilariously exaggerated
autobiographical details to create a quirky, engaging piece. He takes risks on
stage, improvising with audience and dealing with psychosis and taboos: sexual,
religious and theatrical.
The Operated Jew by
Gilgul Theatre at Athenaeum 2 until Oct 9, 1997
The latest production directed by Barrie Kosky.
Ablaze, Lower Melbourne Town Hall Sat
Oct 5 5pm Thurs Oct 9, 1997
Six exceptional improvisers go beyond Theatresports with
narrative and musical improvisation that burns.
CAT by Stephen Sewell
Courthouse until Oct 12, 1997
Syd Brisbane performs this in-your-face one-man show which
is the story of a deeply disturbed individual with a dark past and living in a
country town . It is quite a challenge for an audience.