Ben Nielsen

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CAB FEST 2013 – Bernadette Robinson: In Concert – 4K

The show is a little too similar to Songs for Nobodies, but it is easy to be swept away by the extraordinary talent that is Bernadette Robinson. 4K

CABARET FESTIVAL – The Paul Capsis Revue – 4K

There is no doubt, Paul Capsis guarantees entertainment. 4K

The Illusionist – Seraphim Trio – Elder Hall – 5 May

By Ben Nielsen What better way to spend an overcast Sunday afternoon than with the Seraphim Trio. In their second concert series of 2013, the ensemble paid homage to the ‘magician of sounds’, Maurice Ravel. Ravel was one of the most prominent Impressionist composers, but is perhaps best known for his arrangement of Pictures at …

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FESTIVAL – Van Dyke Parks – Thebarton Theatre – 2.5K

By Ben Nielsen Billed as a major event of the Adelaide Festival, Van Dyke Parks joined with Kimbra, Daniel Johns and the Adelaide Art Orchestra in a retrospective performance of his career and works. It’s clear why Parks is one of the most successful composers of his era. There’s a catchiness, and a mesmerising ebb …

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FRINGE – Sister Mary Lucy – La Boheme – 4K

By Ben Nielsen After a successful season at the 2012 Cabaret Fringe Festival, it’s unsurprising that Lucy Russell returns with her show Sister Mary Lucy. With an onstage shrine and a well selected jukebox of songs, Russell confesses that her one desire is to become a nun. The tale is genuinely hilarious. Unlike many emerging …

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FESTIVAL – The Kreutzer Sonata – STC Scenic Workshop – 4 K

By Ben Nielsen As a feature of the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the opening act of the State Theatre Company’s 2013 season, it’s a shame that The Kreutzer Sonata was so quickly besieged by Barry Otto’s departure and a debacle surrounding arts criticism. The production has risen from its rocky beginnings; and audiences can …

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FRINGE 2013 – Altar Boyz – Star Theatres – 3K

By Ben Nielsen Capitalising on the resurgent popularity of boy bands, the musical comedy Altar Boyz is a ‘real time’ performance by a Christian band from Ohio. On the last leg of the ‘Raise the Praise’ tour, the five boys land in Adelaide, using music to spread the word of God. Besides being formed specifically …

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