Things I’ve Seen Lately

On behalf of everyone in Sydney, I felt so incredibly embarrassed recently. Though I don't subscribe to that whole Melbourne/Sydney rivalry thing (both are terrific cities), I know that many people in Melbourne believe Sydney-siders are an uncouth bunch of yobbos. A gross generalisation, of course, and if you look at the stats, Sydney-siders are…

Theatre Weekend

Though I've been an ardent theatre-goer since high school days, I haven't been going as much lately as in previous years. Working in the media, I have often received free review tickets for many, many productions, including quite a few memorable opening nights. But as my job has changed, they're less frequent, and I'm mostly…

Do you ever feel like you're nothing?

Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical

There was a moment toward the end of tonight's show when a large tear swelled up, and rolled down my right cheek. It's also the bit in the movie that always upset me: the moment when the mother died. Or rather, committed suicide. My mum didn't commit suicide, but in many ways she had lost…

Comedy Should Be Funny

You know how when you walk away from a comedy night you're supposed to feel good about the world? Tonight I've walked away feeling a bit grumpy. Overall, I really loved the Comedy Showcase tonight at Sydney's Comedy Store. I thought the comedians (all part-timers I suspect, and all quite young, aside from Merrick Watts…