All posts tagged: review

Two on the Night Train

We’re on the train to nowhere “Two strangers wake up on a mysterious train one morning. They have no idea how they got there, no sense of their ultimate destination, and can only tell one thing for sure – day is turning  to night, and the train is not stopping.” The description sounds like a metaphor for life,  and Two on the Night Train is just that. A play about nothing, but yet also so much at the same time. Two-person cast Katherine Pearson and Frazer Lee lead a never-ending train journey, time and time again switching and changing situations and possibilities as each part of the story runs parallel with the other. The ‘who’ and the ‘where’ remaining steadfastly consistent, yet the ‘why’ never seeming to become clear to either. They are tortured in by the notion that simply ‘existing,’ being neither good nor bad, travelling closer to, other further away from one’s final destination, being uncertain, vague and not knowing what you want, who you are or what your purpose is, is in fact …

WHEN THE LIGHT LEAVES

All I knew about When The Light Leaves before seeing it was that it was a play, based on a true story, about euthanasia. Specifically, it’s a story put on by Citizen Theatre with the release coinciding with the implementation of Victoria’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws set to come into effect on June 19. The story is fictional but based on the real experiences of playwright Rory Godbold. Godbold’s father publicly acquired Nembutal, the drug used to euthanise pets and animals, before dying in 2015. Arriving at La Mama Courthouse, I sat in the quaint waiting area before the doors opened and the patrons migrated into the theatre. What was immediately noticeable was that every prop was suspended in the air. Apples, books and lights hung as though in space. A sense of distance from reality took hold before the play even began. As the play started, I saw the props used to great effect despite never touching the ground. Telephone calls, gift exchanges and arguments were expressed beautifully as they swung like …

Hot Pot at Master Den’s

Melbourne, you’d be safe and warm this Winter if you are at Mater Den’s. This secretive poppu uppu (Japanese translation of pop-up) down Flinders Lane provides great service, amazing Melbourian vibe and most importantly; mouth watering hot pots! Walk pass Fonda towards Spring Street and then pass the parking lot. Just when you wonder where Master Den is, you’ll see white posters pasted in a small hole in the wall. Yep, there it is, Melbourne’s little secret hot pot place, available this Winter only. The most Melbourne thing about it is that you’d need to BUZZ to get in. #VIPeveryday At Mater Den’s, they cater for beef lovers, seafood eaters and vegetarian dieters. Menu changes daily because at Mater Den, they only serve the best cut of beef and freshest seafoods. Enjoy a drink or two? We highly recommend getting their Hot Pot matching drink selection, especially paired to the hot pot flavour you choose. The drink selection starts you off with a beer, follow by sake and finish off your night with a glass …

Review: Good Food Month

Just when you were ready to hibernate through Melbourne’s winter months, Good Food Month is here to pull us out of our winter induced slumbers and fill our bellies with food from some of Australia and the world’s best chefs. Under a wet and windy Melbourne winter night sky, Good Food Month was launched at the Palm Springs inspired, pop-up Melbourne Palms marque. The evening provided an opportunity to sample just some of the delights that this heavenly foodie program has waiting for attendees this month. The evening’s food was created by the fabulously talented Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co, Cumulus Inc and Supernormal) and Alla Wolf-Tasker (Lake House) and sent attendees into a frenzy, trying to wrap their lips around the evening’s stunning canapés.  Stand outs on the specially curated menu included cured kangaroo on flaxseed crisps and brioche buns with winter mushrooms from Wolf-Tasker and La Luna Holy Goat cheese topped semolina crackers and to die for duck waffle with foie gras and quince from McConnell. The hum of conversation and excitement in …

When Pizza Meets Bagel

Just when you thought you couldn’t have any more carbs, there’s Five and Dime Pizza. Owned by Zev Forman, the owner of Five and Dime Bagel; where everything is made in a traditional-ish way. Zev said “There’s Australia style of pizza, or there’s real pizza… The Italian style.” As a man of traditions, and loves sharing his love of food; he has not only brought delicious bagels to Melbourne, also some big and thinly sliced pizzas made in the traditional Italian way. We weren’t surprised how Five and Dime Pizzas came in giant slices. So big that you have to eat it in the New Jerseyan (or is it New Yorker?) style – folded it in half. Five and Dime Pizza opened its door just a few weeks ago. This new kid in town is on UberEats and Deliveroo, but we think you should visit them at the store and watch the pizza making in action. Five and Dime Pizzas’ are made with love and care by Alex, the owner of HazelBark Patisserie. With many trial and …

MICF Review: Perri Cassie “Secondhand Bubblegum”

Melbourne local Perri Cassie is a twenty something man wrapped in a blush pink “Leisure” sweater, all tied up in black dungarees and ready to make you laugh. Cassie has been honing his material in Melbourne’s local comedy scene, in rooms around Australia and has recently returned from entertaining audiences in the USA, bringing all his best material to MICF with his show, “Secondhand Bubblegum”. Cassie’s show is a complete joke free-for-all, with an upbeat story telling style mixed with self-deprecating quips, shock value and topical observational humour. Stand outs were his hilarious observations on the changes to the order of bases when dating in adult life (why go to home base last?), testing flat earthers, Afterpay for property and the joys of having high school classmates as Facebook friends. Cassie closes his show with a re-write of your typical men’s body spray ad (where better to start addressing the levels of toxic masculinity in our society) bringing the audience to near tears and joyous rounds of applause. 4 Stars Reviewed and written by our …

MICF Review: Tash York “Adulting”

At 30 years young, Tash York is essentially a veteran of the Australian Festival and Fringe scenes, having toured solo shows including “These Things Take Wine” and with troupes The Desperettes and Impromptunes, she now delights audiences with her new show “Adulting”. If you’ve ever tried to adult and failed, York’s show could be the soundtrack to your life!  York weaves a tapestry of anecdotes into hilarious rewritten cover songs, including hits from Destiny’s Child, Ace of Base, Bruno Mars and Whitesnake. Her stories and songs delve into York’s own adventures in adulting, from being engaged at 19 to racking up serious parking fine debt but also commentary on modern life, always being connected but that we should also be okay with being alone and having some solo self-love time (hilariously sung whilst in a sleeping bag).  York also gives her thoughts on why modern generations are failing at adulting, placing at least some of the blame on Walt Disney’s shoulders, through a medley of Disney princesses greatest hits! York rounds out the absolute hilarity …