Friday the 13th... good day for an ascension, no?
You'll find Croggon's review of Sleeping Beauty on page 12. And clocks in at 481 words. It's tagged "It's a bastard hybrid of rock concert, cabaret and rough theatre combined with visual imagination."
3AM UPDATE: It's up. Here's the link.
9AM UPDATE: here's the director's cut.
My review's in as well. In Friday's Herald Sun. (On page 74.) So, you have lots of cafe reading today. :)
And, yes, we've done it again.
It makes an enjoyable and sometimes breathtaking production, a bastard hybrid of rock concert, cabaret and rough theatre, combined with the spectacular visual imaginations of Kantor and Tregloan. It's as close to Richard Wagner's idea of total theatre, Gesamtkunstwerk - the idea that all the different elements of theatre are fused into a single, overwhelming work - as anything I've seen.
The dramatic structure is both rigid and brittle. The pace is flat. The sound, on the whole, is boxy.
But the greatest failing in what is, in effect, a narrative concert, is in the musical direction. If only someone like Mark Trevorrow had been engaged. [...]
Sleeping Beauty is a brilliantly entertaining show, but it should have been theatre as well.
I'll quote Blake one more time... opposition is true friendship.
UPDATE: my Herald Sun review's now on-line, here.