Archive for October, 2011

I have had a lot of drama in my life recently. And music. I went to see Jason Robert Brown’s show Thirteen, presented by BustCo earlier this month. This was a top show, busting with talent and energy, and cleverly produced.

The same week, I saw Melbourne City Opera’s tribute to Dame Joan Sutherland, The Joan Sutherland Story, at BMW Edge.

The rather small and aged audience waiting outside was nearly bowled over by the footy crowds pouring through, but they were rewarded with beautiful choral and solo singing. The highlight for me was Suzanne Ribet (nee Donald), whose lush voice did Dame Joan proud.

Then I was lucky enough to get cheap tickets to Placido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins, row C. What a privilege! Domingo’s voice  is still rich and warm and powerful, and like a true performer, he didn’t just sing – he gave.

And Katherine! I didn’t know Barbie could sing! No truly, although Katherine was more comfortable with the light classics rather than the operatic numbers, she sounded and looked beautiful – like a walking and singing doll. Her dresses earned almost as much applause as her singing.

Last Saturday, I went to the Melbourne Writers Centre season of one-act plays, called MelBorn – reborn 2011, at the Carlton Courthouse. This was a mixed bag, but the highlight for me was actor Maurice Mammoliti, who proved his versatility as Ruby, the transvestite in A World Apart, by James May,  then as Jonathan, the fickle boyfriend, in The Girl Who Could Fly, by Carmen Saarelaht, and then as the gunman in the shockingly disturbing Legacy, by Frank Otis.

I’m a shameless theatre addict and have huge respect for the writers and actors who are able to transform a space and a moment in time and take the audience somewhere else, using nothing more than a few props, their bodies, their wits and their courage.

Speaking of courage, I am looking forward to seeing a story of courage and hope at the Malthouse on tomorrow night, when Neil Cole’s play Tunnel Rat opens.

Tunnel Rat tells the story of a young, short, man who was a tunnel rat in the United States Army while serving in Vietnam in 1966. It’s both comic and sad, and judging from Neil’s previous work, I am sure it will also be thought-provoking and entertaining. The play runs from Tuesday 25 October to Saturday 5 November. To book, phone the Malthouse on 9685 5111. And yes, Neil is a friend.


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