Summary of all the awesome reviews – only four shows left!

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Last night sold out, and we close on Saturday

“…a smart, witty love letter to the stage….Highly recommended.” 8/10 (Elissa Blake, Sun Herald)

“…a fine sample of the wit and energy we associate with Schmitz’s work as an actor.” * * * * (Time Out)

“…the modern comedy of manners is often delightful. What’s more, his wry observations on acting and actors pack a truthful sting…Leland Kean’s production for Tamarama Rock Surfers matches the script for fluency and intelligence.” (Sydney Morning Herald)

“Schmitz’s witty script and fascinating characters provide plenty of food for thought.” * * * * (Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph)

“Schmitz and co pull out all the Stoppards…Sarah is played by Caroline Brazier with an extravagant brilliance.” (The Australian)

“Bold, brash and magnificent in her captivating unravelling is Caroline Brazier as girlfriend Sarah. Schmitz’s goal was to create a complex femme fatale and she is beautifully realised, thanks in no small part to a sensitive and intelligent treatment of the material by director Leland Kean.” (Australian Stage)

“The best satirical-comedy-farce of this and many other years.” (Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise)

“All of the performances are wonderful. A listen and laugh fest…see this.” (Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary)

Audio recording of Cast and Crew Post Show Q&A

We held a Cast and Crew Q&A session after the performance on Thursday 13th September, in which we discussed:
What motivated Toby to write the play, and the benefit of the Edward Albee workshop.
What Leland wanted to communicate, the rehearsal process and behind the scenes.
Challenges for the actors
And our mystery visitor during one performance.

Date: Thursday 13th September
Time: Post show, approximately 9.30pm
Duration: 30minutes
Venue: The Bondi Pavilion Theatre
Cost: Free with your ticket
Moderated by producer Nick Bolton, discussing the play with writer Toby Schmitz, director Leland Kean and the cast, Caroline Brazier Andrew McFarlane, Tom Stokes, Wendy Strehlow.


L-R Andrew McFarlane, Caroline Brazier, Tom Stokes, Nick Bolton, Leland Kean, Wendy Strehlow, Toby Schmitz.

Photos by Chris Ramos

Hold the Front Page

Many thanks to Alternative Media Group for giving us the front cover of this weeks Bondi View.
Lovely picture of Caroline and Andrew, and a great review inside on page 17

‘The only complaint with such clever, tight, writing there isn’t more of it..’
Emma Salkild
Bondi View
Thursday 13th September 2012

Full review here

Audio recording of post show Panel Session – What is Theatre

Following a performance of ‘I want to sleep with Tom Stoppard’, industry experts discussed the state of theatre in Australia

The Bondi Pavilion
Wednesday 12th September 2012

In the play, the parents, whilst subscribing to the top theatre companies to maintain their social status, question their son’s decision to choose acting as a career. Over dinner, where they meet the new girlfriend, who also is a theatre actor, debate ensues as to the role of theatre in today’s society.

So we held an Industry Panel session, discussing these themes, and the play itself.

What is theatre and its role in society in 2012?
Recall memorable theatrical moments they have witnessed, or been involved in.
What does theatre mean to them?
Is theatre still relevant?
Is it sustainable?
What new models are required to help fund and build audiences.
Can theatre make good film?
What is the future of theatre?

Date: Wednesday 12th September
Time: Post show, approximately 9.30pm
Duration: 30-45minutes
Venue: The Bondi Pavilion Theatre
Cost: Free with your ticket

Moderator: Nell Schofield
Panel:
Writer of ‘I want to sleep with Tom Stoppard’ Toby Schmitz
Actor Kate Mulvany
Diana Simmonds from Stage Noise www.stagenoise.com.au
Chris Mead from Playwriting Australia www.pwa.org.au


(L-R: Mead, Mulvany, Simmonds, Schmitz, Schofield.)

As a teaser to the panel discussion, watch these videos we shot with industry experts discussing the state of australian theatre

http://iwanttosleepwithtomstoppard.com.au/what-is-theatre/

Tickets at www.rocksurfers.org

Play runs till Saturday 22nd September, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm

Review – Kevin Jackson – All of the performances are wonderful

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
Monday 10th September 2012

Full review here

…this Independent Theatre production sits beside other recent representatives : THE SEAFARER, PUNK ROCK , as well worth your patronage and give the major houses something to regard seriously as real alternative Bang for your Bucks.

Review – The Vine – I would eat my new Gucci sunhat before I sent you, dear readers, to a less than magical show

Nadine Von Cohen
The Vine
Monday 10 Sep 2012

Full review here

This is Schmitz’s most assured and mature piece of writing to date. The nose-tapping commentary on the genre he’s working in can be a fraction cute at times but his manipulating of the schematics of a modern comedy of manners is often delightful. What’s more, his wry observations on acting and actors pack a truthful sting.

Post show Cast and Crew Panel Session – this Thursday 13th September

We’ll be holding a Cast and Crew Q&A session, giving you an opportunity to hear from the team up close and personal, and even ask a question or two!

What motivated Toby to write the play.
What Leland wanted to communicate.
The rehearsal process and behind the scenes.
The role of theatre in todays society.

Date: Thursday 13th September
Time: Post show, approximately 9.30pm
Duration: 30minutes
Venue: The Bondi Pavilion Theatre
Cost: Free with your ticket
Moderated by producer Nick Bolton, discussing the play with writer Toby Schmitz, director Leland Kean and members of the cast.

Hope you can join us!
The Stoppards

Review – TimeOut – Schmitz’s drunkenly passionate, impeccably calligraphed and articulated love letter to theatre

Darryn King,
TimeOut Sydney
Friday 7th September 2012
Full review here

Toby Schmitz’s Meet-the-Parents comedy goes off at Bondi Pav

Review – Australian Stage – beautifully observed characters that are as real as they are stereotypical

Helen Barry
Australian Stage
Friday 7th September 2012

Full review here

…. with very little action and wall-to-wall chatter, Schmitz has been very, very brave. If his dialogue wasn’t as sparkling as a bottle of Dom Pérignon (and just as tasty and sophisticated) there would have been nowhere left to run and hide. In a sense, he is standing balls-out naked in this play and for that he truly deserves the rapturous three rounds of applause this play received when it premiered earlier this week at the Tamarama Rock Surfers’ Bondi Pavilion theatre.