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    Shift of Wind Needed Before Pinafore Sails. "HMS Pinafore" by Gilbert and Sullivan. Carl Rosa Company. Her Majesty's Theatre [review]
    (The Australian, 2004-11-08) Bramwell, Murray Ross
    The Carl Rosa Opera Company occupied a distinguished part of English operatic history from its establishment in 1873 through to the late 1950s. It presented the first English productions of Carmen, Lohengrin and Aida and would have staged the works of Gilbert and Sullivan had the D’Oyly Carte company not got their hands on them first. Now, 131 years later, under artistic director Peter Mulloy, a new Carl Rosa Company is staging Gilbert and Sullivan with an attention to authenticity that is Gilbertian in its detail - even using sets, props and costumes once owned by D’Oyly Carte.
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    The Power of Two Funny Men. "The Pleasure of Their Company" by Shaun Micallef and Glynn Nicholas. The Arts Theatre [review]
    (The Adelaide Review, 2005-04-01) Bramwell, Murray Ross
    There have been plenty of comedy double acts in recent times - HG and Roy, John Clarke and Bryan Dawe, Mick Molloy and Tony Martin, to name just a few. But, on first glance, Glynn Nicholas and Shaun Micallef seem an unlikely combination. For a start, Nicholas has forged a very successful career as a solo comic with a memorable range of signature characters and impressive physical skills. Shaun Micallef, on the other hand, has for some time featured in television - in sketch comedy, the sitcom Welcher and Welcher and with a Tonight Show whose demise, many thought, had more to do with ratings panic than any lack of merit.
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    Victim of Digressions. "Frozen" by Bryony Lavery. State Theatre Company of South Australia. Space Theatre [review]
    (The Adelaide Review, 2005-07-22) Bramwell, Murray Ross
    Whenever we wonder about the nature of human nature we invariably turn to criminal behaviour, especially that of predatory serial killers, for speculation and explanation. Are such crimes, especially against children, proof of the existence of evil, or are they manifestations of derangement and illness ? And how do our judicial processes - and our personal moral reckonings - deal with such events ? In the face of such horrors can we - or should we - forgive ? This is the perilous territory of Bryony Lavery’s "Frozen".
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    A Last Hurrah. "Nixon's Nixon" by Russell Lees. P&S Productions in association with Arts Projects Australia. Dunstan Playhouse [review]
    (The Adelaide Review, 2003-03) Bramwell, Murray Ross
    Playwright Russell Lees is at pains to point out that Nixon’s Nixon is a fiction, a speculation of what might have transpired in a lengthy meeting between the President and his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger on the night before Nixon announced his resignation and was air lifted to ignominy in California.
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    Repressed Memory. "Back to My Roots and Other Suckers" by Barry Humphries. Her Majesty's Theatre [review]
    (The Adelaide Review, 2003-07) Bramwell, Murray Ross
    Back to the roots for Humphries, and much of his audience, means back to suburban memory- of brand names, street names and the sounds and mnemonic smells of Times Past. These times, when they constituted the Present for Barry Humphries as a young and impatient bohemian, signified a stultifying world of trivia and small-minded gentility. It was the world of his parents and part of the dreary trade-off for post-war prosperity. Here was the original version of Relaxed and Comfortable - Edna, Sandy and the Herald waiting on the front lawn.
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    Voices in an Awkward Pitch. "Projections 1" by Peter Finlay, "Blowing It" by Stephen Papps and Stephen Sinclair, and "Festival of One" Bakehouse Theatre. [review]
    (The Adelaide Review, 2004-08) Bramwell, Murray Ross
    The Festival of One monodrama series has been a fixture at the Bakehouse for a number of years now. Previously, it ran in November but artistic director, Peter Green has, this year, divided it into three seasons in May, July and September. Series Two brings back actor Peter Finlay, well-known to State Theatre and Red Shed audiences, and New Zealand actor, Stephen Papps, returning with a show previously performed in the 2000 Adelaide Fringe.