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The Gin Game PDF Print E-mail

by D.L. Coburn, directed by Gary O'Neil

"The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978, and its energetic script is given the full treatment by director Gary O'Neil and those two great stalwarts of the Brisbane stage, Brian Cannon and Beverley Wood. It's such a treat to see experienced, super-competent actors take on a taxing two-hander like this, and to know that nothing is going to go wrong. They handle it perfectly ... This was such a good production ... It proves that amateur theatre isn't always for amateurs." Alison Cotes, Stagediary.com, 12.03.05

"I wanted to e-mail to say how much we enjoyed The Gin Game on the Saty night just gone. My wife & I have never been to your theatre before & we had a great night enjoying a great piece done by great players who were well directed. Well done & we will be very regular attendees at your shows from now on." E-mail, GW, 04.03.05

"The performances of both [Beverley Wood & Brian Cannon] were impeccable and the delivery of lines in this tragi-comedy was perfect. This show ... is carefully crafted by two fine actors and is well worth a visit." Eric Scott, absolutetheatre.com.au, 03.03.05

Silhouette PDF Print E-mail

by Simon Brett, directed by Brenda White

"Silhouette is something different in the thriller genre, a whodunit with an extra twist. For a start it is played backwards ... and the final twist had me completely fooled. So if you enjoy trying to work out who really did it and sorting through red herrings, this is the play for you." Eric Scott absolutetheatre.com.au, 3 May 2005

"Ten out of ten" - MB, audience member - May 2005

Rope PDF Print E-mail

by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Judith Barbeler

"Strong casting and performances, solid set design, good production values and tidy direction all combine to give the pay the best of all possible chances of succeeding ... The Centenary Theatre Group have done a terrific job ..."  Glen Player, stagediary.com, 23.07.05

"Producing a 1920s play is not the easiest of tasks.  For one thing they tend to be terribly dated and use lots of words that have taken on a completely new meaning in modern times, and values and morality have long since changed.   But Rope, although spattered with those odd-sounding words that should have changed to a more modern idiom in this production, and some stereotyped characters, held up surprisingly well in this Centenary Theatre Group production.   This had to do with an array of excellent actors who took hold of the roles and made something solid out of them ...  Director Judith Barbeler had a good understanding of the text ...." Eric Scott, absolutetheatre.com.au, 25.07.05 

"This is not a 'nice' play.  Centenary Theatre Group have done a fine job of presenting this unpalatable material to us.  There are some solid performances from the cast ... Technically Centenary have rendered wonderful work  .... it is laudable that Centenary continue to choose dark and edgy material to offset the lighter comedies of their 2005 season, and the strength of the people within this production is enough to string any audience along."  Bellman, M/C Reviews (www.reviews.media-culture.org.au) 31.07.05

Dimboola PDF Print E-mail

by Jack Hibberd, directed by Rod Felsch

"... This is allegedly Australia’s most-performed play, seen by more Australians than any other musical, comedy or play, and under direction from Rod Felsch the Centenary Theatre Group performance was good fun, with the obvious unique format being much appreciated as demonstrated by the empty plates and plentiful applause. It was really pleasant to travel back in time for an evening and enjoy a play which was definitely a “no worries” evening full of fun and laughter." Daphne Haneman, stagediary.com, 12.11.05


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