Author Archives: lisathatcher

September 21

In Real Life – Is intelligence ever real? (Theatre Review)

In Real Life Darlinghurst Theatre Company Eternity Playhouse 15 Sept – 15 Oct. You can grab your tickets here. Images: Phil Erbacher Being good at chess does not make you a genius, and the fact that humans think it does (by consensus) is part of our problem with Artificial Intelligence. Work on artificial intelligence is […]

September 20

Cleansed – Sydney Fringe (Theatre Review)

Cleansed Montague Basement at PACT Theatre 19-23 September. You can grab your tickets here.  Images: Clare Hawley If Sarah Kane is resisting analysis in Cleansed (as in all her plays) then we must ask, to what end? Strapped to the confining bed of the university and the clinic, Cleansed appears to be a Foucaultian commentary […]

September 17

The Nether – My Avatar / My Self (Theatre Review)

The Nether Catnip Productions and The Seymour Centre 13th September to 7th October You can grab your tickets here.  The question of our straddling the digital and ‘meatspace’ is being deferred more and more to a legal framework rather than an ethical, which relies upon the problematical assertion that the law can handle these ethical […]

September 14

Diving for Pearls – Katherine Thomson and the false free. (Theatre Review)

Diving for Pearls 8 September to 28 October 2017 SBW Stables Theatre, produced by Griffin Theatre Company You can grab your tickets here What is it precisely that Barbra wants? When we witness Katherine Thomson’s great play, Diving For Pearls, the shocking truth of Barbara is exposed and we realise there is no need to […]

September 12

Sunday in the Park with George – Sydney Fringe (Theatre Review)

Sunday In the park with George Little Triangle Theatre Company at The Depot Theatre 6-16 September You can grab your tickets here.  Stephen Sondheim wrote Sunday In The Park With George after the failure of Merrily We Roll Along when he was so wounded by negative reviews and an early closing that he’d become determined […]

September 11

Undertaking – Sydney Fringe (Theatre Review)

Undertaking Mongrel Mouth 6-30 September. You can grab your tickets here.  There are many exciting things to do at The Sydney Fringe Festival this year, but surely one of the most thrilling is the immersive theatre experience by Mongrel Mouth on the second floor of the exciting new Hub in Alexandria. Here, Mongrel Mouth expose […]

September 10

Dreamgirls – Finding its place on the amateur stage. (Theatre Review)

Dreamgirls Rockdale Musical Society, Rockdale Town Hall September 8-17, You can grab your tickets here.  One of the more interesting aspects of Dreamgirls is time. In this production directed by Rod Herbert, something lost in the glamour of the film comes to the fore, and we watch as careers, music and histories battle for room […]

September 08

I see – Sydney Fringe (Theatre Review)

I see – The Sydney Fringe I see is currently playing at The Sydney Fringe Festival. You can grab tickets here.  I have to confess, I love The Sydney Fringe. Experience is of that raw, rough round the edges kind, and it’s the only festival (really) that captures the zeitgeist of a city. Every rehearsal, […]

September 06

The Squeal in the Pen – Benedict Hardie and the agony of influence. (Theatre Review)

The Squeal in the Pen New Fitz Play #7 2017 The Old Fitz theatre, 29 August – 9 September You can grab your tickets here.  The idea of the New Fitz Program 2017 is to have playwrights respond to productions on the mainstage. This interesting idea runs the risk of tapping into the Australian cultural […]

September 05

Figaro – Vive la révolution! (Theatre Review)

Figaro Genesian Theatre Company The Genesian Theatre, 2 September – 14 October. You can grab your tickets at the Gensian here. Or through Tickets Tonight here.  Images: Tom Massey In the program to Figaro, a note penned by director Shane Bates argues the case for a 2017 revival of Figaro since in the last two […]