It’s that time of year again, when I look back over
everything I saw on stage and put together a list of my favourite shows. I saw
over 100 shows this year, mostly in Melbourne and a small number on one visit
I will link to reviews if I wrote one. TOP TEN (alphabetical order) The Almighty Sometimes – Griffin Theatre, Sydney
Kendall Feaver’s extraordinary debut play is about Anna,
dealing with mood disorders and medication and the complicated relationship she
has with the treatments and her mother. Superb cast and beautifully directed by
Lee Lewis Blackie Blackie Brown – Malthouse Theatre
Nakkiah Lui’s work is always amazing but this production,
directed by Declan Green, was another step up for her – the satire sharper and
bleaker and more hilarious than ever before. Blasted – Malthouse Theatre
Sarah Kane’s debut play from 1990s London is a tricky beast
tackling difficult subjects but Anne-Louise Sarks nailed it with a superb
production. The Bleeding Tree – Arts Centre Melbourne …
The latest film in the Marvel Universe series feels like
nothing so much as a season finale. And since Joss Whedon was once the master
of creating season finales that were both emotionally satisfying and
thematically resonant, it’s good to have him in charge for the second Avengers
movie, Age of Ultron.
I’d like to compare it to the epic scope of Buffy’s “The
Gift” but it feels more like Angel, if anything. Things change, the world moves
on – and the best you can do is keep fighting. And embrace change.
Tony Stark has always been flawed, but by the third film in
his own trilogy, he seemed to have found an emotional peace. But with that
peace comes the idea that he can use his technology – his faith in machines
being his tragic flaw – to create a replacement for the Avengers. He births an
army of robots to calm the populace and fight alien foes.
Robert Downey Jnr’s Stark is such a towering figure in the
Marvel Universe films – and to make him partly the villain of this new film is
“What year is this?” Dale Cooper asks in the final scene of Twin Peaks: The Return, the last of many
unanswered questions left as the 18-part feature film concluded a week ago.
It’s far from the first time we’ve seen someone who looks like
Dale Cooper lost for answers over recent months. But it might be the first time
we have definitive proof that he’s in over his head.
Mr C, Dale Cooper’s doppelganger, who was first seen in the
original series’ finale back in 1991, returned to the town of Twin Peaks with a
goal in mind. Mr C was flexible, though. He had to be; he’d set so many things
in motion over twenty-five years, if he’d remained fixated, he would never have
come as far as he did.
Dougie, Dale Cooper’s tulpa – created by and from Mr C,
wandered aimlessly through life, but slowly made every life he touched better.
Plans change and Dougie changed with them. Slowly but surely, Dougie pieced
together Cooper’s past life and became richer for it.
Agent Cooper, the third part of this T…