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HOT: When the Rain Stops Falling, QPAC Playhouse, cnr Melbourne and Grey Street, South Brisbane

Brink Productions and Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling, is an absolute standout play, one of the best I’ve seen all year. When the Rain Stops Falling is intricate, clever and thought-provoking. Trying to describe it is like trying to capture  floating mist, but in a bland nutshell you could say that it’s a story […]

HOT: Avenue Q

A comedy musical with puppets? Don’t start groaning – the Tony Award winning Avenue Q is cheesy, clinic cheeky, pharmacy a little bit dirty and it’s certainly not for kids. Admittedly it doesn’t try too hard for laughs (who’s not going to laugh at puppets having wild sex?), the songs are catchy without being memorable […]

HOT: The Ballad of Backbone Joe, World Theatre Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

HOT: The Ballad of Backbone Joe, World Theatre Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

The Ballad of Backbone Joe doesn’t make any deep statements of social commentary or explore thought-provoking issues – but it is inventive and fun. The Suitcase Royale are a trio of rag ‘n’ bone musicians whose style I would term ‘Louisiana swampy blues’ and their theatrical performances combine their song-writing skills with comedy, slapstick, shadow […]

HOT: Shamelessly Glitzy Work, Brisbane Powerhouse

HOT: Shamelessly Glitzy Work, Brisbane Powerhouse

The stage for Shamelessly Glitzy Work was decked out in a curtain of glittery lurex with three microphones arranged like a Pointer Sisters set. As the lights went down, three girls dressed in primary-coloured suits approached the mikes, smiling and nodding in an unnerving and benevolent manner. They then started a humorous incantation of the kind of inanities you […]

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