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Review: Bare the Musical

Tom New
What do a penis piñata, Catholic boarding school and a plethora of rock musical numbers have in common? You can find them all in the newest StageArt musical to hit Chapel Off Chapel, Bare the musical! Set in the early 2000s, this musical tells the contemporary tale of two star crossed lovers, Peter and Jason, who along with their fellow classmates struggle with religion, sexuality and identity. Tension ensues between the two; while Peter plans to come out to his mother, Jason fights in desperation to keep their relationship and his sexuality a secret, fearing for his reputation and ultimately,
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Review: To Lonely, With Love

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To Lonely, with Love explores the act of letter writing and its ability to reveal our deepest emotions. Jennifer Monk and Lisa Dallinger performed with gusto as they waltzed from one side of the room to the other, executing intense scenes at the audience’s feet and maximising use of all the floor space within the cozy theatre. Monk and Dallinger were exceptional and they flourished in roles both as a man in prison for domestic violence as well as a typical housewife. While the show was energetic and tumultuous, it was lightened by interludes with music from “Please Mr. Postman”
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Joining MUST is a must!

Awakening – MUST 2017 Directed by Daniel Lammin. Photographer Theresa Harrison new
Monash University Student Theatre (MUST) is a theatre company that creates vibrant, innovative performances by and with Monash students, for all audiences. Our work is bold, diverse and of an excellent standard, attracting awards such as the Melbourne Fringe Live Art Award (2015) and great reviews: “they create the kind of theatre that blows me away every time…” Sometimes Melbourne (2016); “A radical and devastatingly effective adaptation…brilliant, deeply moving…” The Age (2017 of Awakening) The MUST community is widespread and our graduates are making a significant impact throughout the national arts sector. Students are involved in every area at MUST: direction,
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‘Falsettos’ gives energetic voice to outsiders

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Falsettos is a complex and layered musical that explores themes of sexual identity, family relationships, coming of age and terminal illness. It is well renowned in the world of music theatre as one of the first musicals to deal with the AIDS epidemic of 1981 and to normalise gay relationships. At the heart of the script, though, it is not a musical about the tragedy of AIDS or even about being queer. Falsettos is about how life’s rapid changes of direction challenge our expectations and perceptions of who we are. On top of all of this complex subject matter, the
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