Die Fledermaus - Coliseum, 30 September 2013 (first night)
This was a frustrating evening. A few good ideas are buried in Christopher Alden's surreal take on Die Fledermaus but they simply don't cohere. The director's Freudian perspective is awkwardly framed in a Weimar-meets-Rocky Horror aesthetic, each diluting the impact of the other. There was romance and realism, there was out-there absurdism, but they failed to mesh. It was clear we were not in for an evening of golden-hued Andre Rieu-style nostalgia, but what Alden left in its place was too unfocused to be called a 'concept'. Next to his superb, pointed Midsummer Night's Dream, this show seems thrown together.