It takes a lot of stage craft to perform a one person show, but Jacob Rajan’s ebullient charm and skill instantly captures the audience in his highly entertaining one person show, Paradise or The Impermanence of Ice Cream, delivering 80 minutes of sheer theatrical joy.
The power of Girls & Boys is in the performance, which is totally compelling. You don’t want a review strewn with spoiler alerts, you just need to know that the journey to the summit is thrilling and devastating, led by a towering talent.
Sam O’Sullivan may well be David Williamson’s heir apparent at Ensemble, his play festooned with verbal foliage, a topiary pruned by topical shears that never let the branches sag with mere gags, instead shaping the story with sharp observation and an inquisitive wit.
A thrilling three hour journey, The Jungle and the Sea delivers exhilarating theatre at cracking pace.
The play within the play cascades into a convulsive and inexhaustible tirade of production catastrophes, miscues, prop malfunctions, wardrobe clangers, and more.
The opening night of Rinaldo showed unmistakeably that baroque opera, even so-called opera seria, can be fun.