Topic archives: Melbourne Theatre Company

<em>Rupert</em> censored: <em>Herald Sun</em> spikes Murdoch review

Rupert censored: Herald Sun spikes Murdoch review

September 2, 2013 11

A review of a new David Williamson play on the life of Rupert Murdoch was written for the Herald Sun -- but it never appeared. What happened?

Rupert on stage: Williamson’s happy, but will the Murdochs like it?

Rupert on stage: Williamson’s happy, but will the Murdochs like it?

August 30, 2013 1

Rupert Murdoch came to life on the stage last night for the world premiere of his bio-play. Playwright David Williamson tells Crikey it's a portrait of an ideologue and quasi-politician.

Theatre review: <em>The Cherry Orchard</em>, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

Theatre review: The Cherry Orchard, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

August 20, 2013

Simon Stone's adaptation of the Chekov classic ticks all the right boxes, writes Mark Pearce.

Rupert the ‘insignificant hunchback’? Williamson on Murdoch’s cabaret

Rupert the ‘insignificant hunchback’? Williamson on Murdoch’s cabaret

July 16, 2013 9

Australia's most celebrated playwright has written a new work on the life of the country's most famous son. David Williamson talks to Crikey about capturing the media mogul for the stage.

Top Girls — Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

Top Girls — Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

September 4, 2012

Nearly three decades after it first played to Melbourne audiences, Top Girls is back on the Melbourne Theatre Company stage. And it still has things to say, writes Sarah Braybrooke.

The Importance Of Being Earnest — Sumner Theatre, Melbourne

November 21, 2011

AFI/BAFTA/SAG/Emmy/Tony/Globe/Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush radiates as Lady Bracknell in the Melbourne Theatre Company's new production of The Importance of Being Earnest, writes Jason Whittaker.

<em>Hamlet</em> by the MTC

Hamlet by the MTC

July 26, 2011

He’s been dead for almost 400 years, but Shakespeare still knows how to work a dastardly revenge tale with the Melbourne Theatre Company’s latest rendition of Hamlet, writes Siobhan Argent.

Daily Proposition: a Sorkin-esque drama on stage

June 23, 2011

The Joy Of Text is ripped from headlines of literary hoaxes and school s-x scandals and deconstructed into a perceptive parable on formal and informal life education.

<em>Next To Normal</em> — <em>Playhouse, Melbourne</em>

Next To NormalPlayhouse, Melbourne

May 6, 2011

A musical about bipolar disorder? Next To Normalis an unswervingly honest piece of Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre. But miscasting blunts the power of this Melbourne Theatre Company production, says Jason Whittaker.

David Williamson: no apology for my play, but for my generation

January 21, 2011 19

After Crikey's scathing review of David Williamson's Don Parties On, the celebrated playwright hits back: he's not apologising for his new play, but he will apologise for his generation.

Who’s aspirational now? Williamson’s Party as vapid as the times

Who’s aspirational now? Williamson’s Party as vapid as the times

January 14, 2011 66

David Williamson got to his feet at the premiere of Don Parties On to be applauded, a polite if halfhearted acknowledgement. He smiled contentedly. Williamson is nothing but content. Blithely, indolently content, writes Jason Whittaker.

2010 on stage: the best (and worst) from Melbourne

January 4, 2011

From Shakespeare to Mamet; centuries-old operas to brand-new local works. And in a year that saw independent producers and smaller shows shine, a brassy all-American musical was probably the best of the best. Jason Whittaker names his top picks from the Melbourne stage in 2010.

Theatre review: <em>The Grenade</em> —  utterly conventional and thoroughly enjoyable

Theatre review: The Grenade — utterly conventional and thoroughly enjoyable

November 12, 2010

Playwright Tony McNamara's production The Grenade, which was tried and tested at the Melbourne Theatre Company and has just arrived in Sydney, is an enjoyable lark that proves there is nothing wrong with a conventional play, writes Lloyd Bradford Skye.

Theatre review: Let The Sunshine set on Williamson?

August 4, 2010

Melbourne's chattering cultural critics can kill two birds with one stone at The Playhouse this month: another unchallenging 'mainstream' (whatever that means) play from the Melbourne Theatre Company, another blunt social satire from the tallest of playwriting poppies, David Williamson.

Theatrical whimsy from an acclaimed playwright

July 5, 2010

There's a lot to be said for a bit of romantic whimsy on the stage. Two shows from one of America's most celebrated playwrights are enchanting audiences in Brisbane and Melbourne this month.

Enjoy the farce of a ‘Boston marriage’

June 15, 2010

Love and marriage, Frank Sinatra crooned, go together like a horse and carriage. A new play from the MTC, Boston Marriage, demonstrates why. It's a Wilde-esque farce worth seeing.

Theatre review: Boston Marriage, very funny farce

June 13, 2010

Love and marriage, Frank Sinatra crooned, go together like a horse and carriage. Melbourne Theatre Company's Boston Marriage captures the argument splendidly, says Jason Whittaker.

Sexism is a long way from a final bow in Oz theatre

December 7, 2009 5

On Sunday, a panel of critical women's voices spoke of a "tsunami of discontent" that the Australian theatre industry in general is sewn up by male directors and writers, writes Steve Dow.

Creative roles for women hard to find in Australian theatre

October 1, 2009 1

Crikey's tipster who last week expressed dismay at the lack of women programmed in Sydney's Company B theatre season for 2010 was certainly not alone.