A strong cast keeps the ac­tion go­ing, with some great com­edy mo­ments in this one-set quirky Woody Allen play at Javeen­bah

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

Open­ing last week­end was Javeen­bah Theatre’s Play it Again, Sam. A Woody Allen quirky play that in­spired the fa­mous film of the same name, it tells the story of a guy whose awk­ward in­ter­ac­tions with women force him to rely on the ad­vice of his hero, Humphrey Bog­art. A strong cast keeps the ac­tion go­ing, with great com­edy mo­ments in a one-set show. Run­ning un­til March 28, the cast fea­tures Brett Ra­guse, An­gel Emanuelli, Adam Hel­lier and Tra­cie Filmer in the main roles. Phone 5596 0300 to book. Direc­tor Roger McKen­zie is hav­ing a busy year, with au­di­tions for his Noel Cow­ard clas­sic Pri­vate Lives at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre from 10am April 19. Call Roger on 0412 667 785. Also open­ing last week­end was Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Abigail’s Party, di­rected by Dawn China. The play tells of two par­ties – one a teenager’s rave down­stairs, and the other the painful drinks gath­er­ing of some of the most aw­ful peo­ple you’ll ever meet ... over­bear­ing, bor­ing – you get the pic­ture! A strong cast keeps up the nev­erend­ing dia­logue of un­happy peo­ple, giv­ing many laughs up to a sur­prise end­ing. Book on 5532 2096 un­til March 28. Open­ing on April 10 is the new Cirque du Soleil show Totem in a big top at Northshore Hamil­ton, Bris­bane. Fea­tur­ing a cast of 45 ac­ro­bats, ac­tors, mu­si­cians and singers, Totem is an up­lift­ing ar­ray of ath­leti­cism, com­edy, heart­felt emo­tions and sur­pris­ing vis­ual ef­fects. Buy tick­ets at cirque­du­ – all of those who love al­ter­na­tive cir­cus and a fab­u­lous show should grab tix to this one. There was a fun gath­er­ing at the QT Ho­tel last week to cel­e­brate the launch of The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast’s Glit­ter Fes­ti­val, due in late Septem­ber this year. De­signed to be “in­clu­sive”, the pow­ers that be have put a pro­gram to­gether to hon­our all that is gay, les­bian, trans­gen­der, bi­sex­ual etc. It’s des­tined to draw an eclec­tic crowd to the Coast, for a col­lec­tion of events in spring. Let’s hope peo­ple em­brace it – more info from the Arts Cen­tre. Cur­rently in re­hearsal on the Coast – Spot­light Theatre’s La Travi­ata, GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls, Tweed Theatre Com­pany’s Bril­liant Lies and Nep­tune Theatre Co’s Joseph & the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat. Cur­rently play­ing on the Coast: Mur­willum­bah Theatre Co’s The For­eigner, Bal­lina Play­ers’ It’s a Won­der­ful Life, GCLT’s Abigail’s Party and Javeen­bah

Theatre’s Play it Again, Sam. The Mo­town Stage show Can You Feel It is com­ing to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast dur­ing Easter long week­end. The show brings to­gether tal­ented lo­cal vo­cal­ists and mu­si­cians, many of whom have been work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally within the in­dus­try for over 25 years. Lead by the in­cred­i­bly soul­ful voice of Kevin Keepa, Can You Feel It will take you on a jour­ney through time as you rem­i­nisce over hits from your child­hood. The show was hugely suc­cess­ful at Jupiter’s Casino last year, with au­di­ences young and old danc­ing along to the soul­ful rhythms and up­town beats of the clas­sic Mo­town era. Book on 5588 4000. The afore­men­tioned Roger McKen­zie has asked if we would pub­lish this: Vol­un­teers in­ter­ested in build­ing scenery should con­tact him on 0412 667 785. He be­lieves it would be ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity theatre scene to have a reg­is­ter of such peo­ple. I couldn’t agree more. And for those kind read­ers who have asked about the miss­ing dancer from the cast of Jerry’s Girls – worry no longer! We have a full cast, with not one but two de­light­ful fil­lies to flesh out our bril­liant cast. Re­hearsals for this Broad­way block­buster be­gan last week­end, with some ter­rific sounds com­ing out of the first run. What’s go­ing on at Spot­light Theatre? Their web­site lists a new name as “Act­ing Pres­i­dent”. Hope­fully their midyear AGM held this week will clear up any ques­tions. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Play It Again, Sam

opened at Javeen­bah Theatre last week.

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