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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Wait Until Dark at Heidelberg Theatre Company

A powerful mystery drama at my favourite venue. 
Having said that, I must say, this play didn't impress me that much, especially towards the end when Susan started attacking the bad guys in the dark. I just thought these scenes were unbelievable. 
It's a pity because the first half was very good. 
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Sunday, June 09, 2024

The Sunline by Malevich Theatre at Russian House

When I was cutting my client Anna's hair in the salon, I was invited to this theatre play. I've never heard of the playwright Ivan Vyrypaev, apparently the most famous contemporary writer. 

It's a fast paced philosophical investigation into the couple's relationships, performed powerfully by two actors in this beautiful building in Fitzroy. 

I'm a big fan of Chekhov, so, it was a good opportunity to experience another Russian play. 

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Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Great Gatsby by 1812 Theate

A great theatre play adapted from this familiar story. 
I thought all cast were brilliant. 

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hydra by Brighton Theatre Company

An intriguing story of George Johnson and Charmaine Clift. Although I've never heard of them, the play successfully portrayed their tumultuous but affectionate relationships. 

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Mamma Mia at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

A fabulous production of this iconic musical in the beautiful theatre space. 
I always get an enormously positive energy when watching high school productions. And, what an amazing talent these young ones possess. 
Thank you so much for your hard work. 
I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Garage Girls at La Mama

I've seen this fabulous play online last year, and today I had an opportunity to see at La Mama in Carlton, a very charming venue. 
The story of Alice Anderson itself is very fascinating. 
The fast paced production is very well thought out with all star cast, particularly Madelaine Nunn as Alice, an enormous talent. 
I'd love to see this as a featured film. 
I can't resist the idea that Alice and Clarice Beckett knew each other, driving a car in Melbourne. 
Also, there's a great book by Loretta Smith, "A spanner in the works". She was featured in this podcast. The link is here

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Berlin by Heidelberg Theatre Company

A powerful play by Joanna Murray-Smith at my favourite venue in Rosanna. 
I've seen it before, but, it still makes me think about the complexity of its storyline. 

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Thursday, April 04, 2024

Strapless by Deborah Davis

From Ivanhoe Library. 
A great book about one of the most iconic paintings, Madame X, by my favourite John Singer Sargent. 

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Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Perfect Days - a film

I went to Palace Balwyn cinema this morning.  A lovely cinema. It was almost empty. 

A great film. It's a meditation on life. The film tells a lot about the complexity of our life without saying almost anything, leaving it to the views' imaginations. 

The only thing I found odd was when he hugged his sister when they met after many years. I don't think a Japanese in that generation does that. 

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Saturday, March 02, 2024

At the Foot of the Cherry Tree by Alli Parker

An incredible story. 
I used to have a client who had the same experience as Cherry Parker, unfortunately she passed away a couple of years ago. 
I do hope the author will write the sequel describing how they lived here in Melbourne after they came here. 

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

"Love Song" by Brighton Theayre Company

My favourite theatre company with solid performances. 
I thought the story line is a bit weak with regards to "the infectious effect of love and the redemptive power of hope".

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Monday, January 08, 2024

The heartbreak choir by Melbourne Theatre Company

It's been raining all day long. I "rented" this production online. 
A great story with solid performers who can definitely sing so well, particularly Emily Milledge. 

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Sunday, January 07, 2024

Painting trip to the Grampians

Just came back from a four day trip. 
A fantastic stay at Book lover's corner" Airbnb in Hamilton. 
A great takeaway dinner from Thai Town restaurant. 

Dunkeld, Portland, Port Fairy.... Beautiful. 

This painting is probably the best work. The link is here.

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Monday, December 25, 2023

Bloody Christmas

The best gift one can give. 
This morning at Lifeblood Bundoora Donor Centre, Melbourne. 

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Sunday, December 03, 2023

"Miss Saigon" at Her Majesty's Theatre

Putting aside the controversial nature of the story, particularly the depiction of Vietnamese women, this is one of the best musical productions I've seen recently. The sheer scale of it baffles me considering the small space in the theatre. 
What an amazing talent these actors show on stage. 

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