hokes bluff Melbourne theatre

‘Hoke’s Bluff’: A subversive theatrical sports blockbuster

Tyler, high school star athlete of the Hoke’s Bluff Wildcats, has his biggest game ahead of him. The State finals against the Tuscaloosa Titans. If that isn’t pressure enough, he has to deal with an overbearing coach, love-troubles with his…

Minnie and Liraz Melbourne Theatre Company

‘Minnie & Liraz’ – Melbourne Theatre Company’s hilarious new play

Melbourne Theatre Company’s newest play, Minnie and Liraz, features old ladies zipping about in mobility buggies. Bather-clad fistfights in poolside change rooms. Complaints about the daily menu, plus bitter fights over the past. Another Lally Katz gem, this quirky comedy…

King Roger Opera Australia Melbourne

Opera Australia’s ‘King Roger’

Opera Australia has collaborated with Dallas Opera to give Melburnians the opportunity to see the rarely-performed King Roger by Karol Szymanowski. It’s a majestic production, executed beautifully with great imagination. Unlike in many operas where there’s a clear conflict between…

Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls Melbourne

A magical journey in ‘The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls’

  The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, by Meg Miroshnik, is a unique and enchanting play. A misty haze looms over the dark and mysterious set of this new production by Boutique Theatre. The superbly directed production by Elizabeth Millington…

American Essentials Film Festival Film Review: ‘Wiener-Dog’

Just how ‘Todd Solondz’ is Todd Solondz’s new film Wiener-Dog? To answer that, we have to go through the Solondz movie checklist: is there a motley cast of miserable characters whose lives are vaguely connected? Check. Is Dawn Weiner in…

Young Gun of Wine Melbourne

Young Gun of Wine: the 50 best (young) Aussie winemakers

It was an honour to attend this year’s announcement and afterparty for the Top 50 at the Young Gun of Wine event at St Kilda’s Prince Bandroom. Over two days, 200 contestants from around Australia have been whittled down to 50. I quickly felt proud…