This Week in Queensland Theatre: March 8-14

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The big wet continues in the south-east and west of the state. Wonder how, if at all, this has affected box-office figures for companies.

There’s one week to go for Hamlet for La Boite and The Little Dog Laughed for Queensland Theatre Company; both close on Saturday. Avenue Q at QPAC has had an extension to its season.

Click the date on Greenroom’s home page calendar to go to more details on each event.

Opening:

Flicking the Flint by Kate Lee !Metro Arts Independents (Brisbane) – Tuesday

Macbeth by William Shakespeare Jute Theatre (Cairns) – Thursday

Continuing:

Avenue Q the Australian touring production at QPAC (Brisbane)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare dir David Berthold at the Roundhouse (Brisbane)  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane dir Michael Gow at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

Other:

Staging Lives: in conversation with Michael Gow, Will Eno, and David Williamson. State Library of Queensland – Tuesday.

See QSE’s training program which continues throughout the month (Brisbane)

It’s QPAC’s 25th Birthday this year.  While you’re on the South Bank in Brisbane head into the Tony Gould Gallery for the QPAC 25 Exhibition.

… and check out the recently-opened Edge space further upstream – near the fabulous GOMA.

This Week in Queensland Theatre: March 1-7

Avenue Q
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Another quiet week.  It’s mid-season for Hamlet and The Little Dog Laughed with two weeks of their seasons left.

Continuing:

Avenue Q the Australian touring production at QPAC.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare dir David Berthold at the Roundhouse.  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane dir Michael Gow at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

Other:

Check out QSE’s training program which continues throughout the month.
Play-briefing Thom Pain Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio (Monday).  Writer Will Eno in attendance.

This Week in Queensland Theatre: February 22-28

Looking over Brisbane's South Bank
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It’s a quiet-ish week in Brisbane after a flurry of recent opening nights, industry events, and festivals.

The much-heralded Australian production of Avenue Q strolled into town last week for a season, and is playing at QPAC.

Continuing:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare dir David Berthold at the Roundhouse.  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane dir Michael Gow at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC  Check the updated Greenroom reviews index.

Other:

Artistic Director Michael Gow announces he will leave Queensland Theatre Company in August after more than 10 years.  He will pursue his career as a freelance writer, director and will retain his association with the Company in this capacity.

Reviews and Reviewers: a poll

UPDATE Nov 2011: Greenroom used to collect reviews into an index at the beginning of our time here i.e., when other groups and companies were not making it quite so easy for people. A couple of years on social media has really taken a grip and it’s not hard to access online versions of play reviews i.e., from those big media companies who bother to publish them on the web as well as from independent arts writers and bloggers. Indeed, there is far more writing about the arts in general now that we have so much free space in cyberspace. The issue of quality? Ah, well, another can of worms there.

Greenroom suggested last year – after the results of a poll on whether or not theatre workers read reviews – that another poll on the quality of theatre reviewing might be in order sometime.  Perhaps it’s always time to mull over such a thing – but that time is surely right now at the start of a new theatre season here.  Theatre reviewers around the traps have flexed their fingers over keyboards and let rip with their take on the new and older shows like Hamlet and The Little Dog Laughed which have opened this month in Brisbane at the city’s two full-time professional companies.  Play reviews posted to blogsites generally allow commentary, and readers – who may or may not have seen the plays being reviewed – are letting rip in return with their opinions on well … just about anything.

Michael Billington (Guardian) and Charles Isherwood (New York Times) – both distinguished reviewers – have also blogged on the business of being a play critic.  I particularly like Billington’s little piece from earlier this week on what you need to be a theatre critic.  There are four points that he makes, and they’re worth a look – I’ll let you click through and read for yourself.  Isherwood, in a Q&A post to his readers puts it this way

Maybe the best analogy is to consider us aesthetic referees – calling ‘em like we see ‘em. That is the ideal anyway. My responsibility is to write honestly, and (I hope) with eloquence and understanding and maybe even passion about what I see.

But, it’s time for that poll.  Here’s your chance to say what you think poll-style.  It’s open for two weeks, so have your say and share it round.  The results will be published here when the poll closes.

And, just in case you didn’t know, Greenroom does its best to gather all reviews into an index here on site.  You can find links to online published reviews and blog commentary by clicking our home page calendar during a play’s season; you’ll find links there to all shows entered in the calendar and the reviews we’ve ‘captured.’  Just follow the links to their originating sites.  To save you the trouble this time, here they are for La Boite’s Hamlet, and here for Queensland Theatre Company’s  The Little Dog Laughed.

This Week in Queensland Theatre: February 15-21

Cover of "Hamlet"
Cover of Hamlet

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The National Play Festival is in town with a huge range of readings, workshops and presentations.  You can get the details on their terrific website.   Hamlet and The Little Dog Laughed continue for La Boite and Queensland Theatre Company respectively.  Blog discussions on both productions can be found by following the links to posts in Greenroom’s live feed column on the home page.  Incidentally, you might be interested in this poster which just popped up out of nowhere; it’s from the the 2000 film production of Hamlet in which Ethan Hawke appeared as our film-student hero.

Opening:

The National Play Festival

Continuing:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare dir David Berthold at the Roundhouse

The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane dir Michael Gow at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC


Other:

Commissioning W/rights Industry Panel at !Metro Arts Studio (6.3opm Tuesday) followed by a free performance of  Chasing the Lollyman by Mark Sheppard dir Liz Skitch Debase TC