Meredith Walker

Our Town (QT) – theatre review

Our Town, 1938 Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ode to small-town American life, requires only minimal production values, with the playwright calling for no curtain, no scenery, and an empty stage in half-light. The play ignores most dramatic conventions. It is set in the actual theatre where it is being performed, but the year is, as…

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Mother (If Theatre) – Theatre Review

Noni Hazlehurst is unrecognisable as dishevelled vagrant Christie, wandering about the rubbish that litters the Cremorne Theatre’s ramshackle staging in Mother. Christie is a homeless alcoholic, sorrowful but resolute in her attempts to survive on the suburban fringe of Melbourne. And Hazlehurst inhabits her just as Christie inhabits the littered debris of Kat Chan’s set design….

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A Streetcar Named Desire (Brisbane Arts Theatre) – Theatre Review

The 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire is the most celebrated of Tennessee Williams’ works. The classic drama is poetically symbolic but also grimly naturalistic, as represented by the detached but detailed staging of Brisbane Arts Theatre’s production. The staging emphasises the play’s symbolism through its use of glassless mirrors and also aesthetically.  The lighting…

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