Sydney Theatre Thread

STC opened the season with two plays that presumably were intended to bookend Sydney World Pride.

Hubris & Humiliation was light, fluffy and funny but not likely to win a Helpmann award.

Last night we saw Edward Albee’s The Goat, or who is Sylvia? which was hysterical, if not leaving some patrons clutching their pearls. Claudia Karvan was excellent in her first live gig in 25 yrs.
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Went to Wicked last night at the Lyric which is doing a short run to celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Broadway.

Both leads were fantastic. Courtney Monsma had impeccable comedic timing as Galinda/Glinda and Sheriden Adams had great power and hit every Elphie note perfectly.

It was so refreshing to have a Wizard in Todd McKenny that is animated and actually dances on stage.

Only weak link was Robyn Nevin as Madam Morrible, she was a bit quiet, spoke some lines that are meant to be sung, just needed to project more in her delivery but then had very big shoes to fill as Maggie Kirkpatrick was terrific in the earlier Australian productions.

Great to have the flying monkeys fly right over the audience in the stalls as they did in the original Australia production in Melbourne, this was never possible at the Capitol because of the ceiling being heritage listed they could never have the rigging come out so far.

Standing ovations all round and the two in our party who were Wicked virgins both loved it and said they were flawed at how good it was, neither really knew what to expect.

The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee is also playing at The Nancy Hayes and worth a look if you havent seen it before - light hearted with a few catchy tunes.

Also hearing good things about the STC's production of The Importance of Being Ernest at the Roslyn Packer Theatre.