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The Mandarin managing editor and former Crikey editor

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REVIEW: Rupert | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Rupert | Playhouse, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerAug 30, 2013

The life of the most influential Australian comes to the stage in a tame but entertaining enough bio-cabaret. David Williamson's Rupert is much less grand than the man himself.

Musical theatre is dead. Long live musical theatre.

Musical theatre is dead. Long live musical theatre.

Jason WhittakerFeb 14, 20134 Comments

Has there been a good musical theatre score written in the last five years? Or even 10? Here's the list -- as a solid case for why music theatre isn't dead. Long live music theatre.

REVIEW: A Chorus Line | Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: A Chorus Line | Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerFeb 10, 2012

"A classic Broadway musical for a new generation," goes the pitch. The Kids are certainly familiar with the tunes; Glee has bred familiarity (and perhaps contempt) of this

REVIEW: La Traviata | State Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: La Traviata | State Theatre, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerNov 22, 20112 Comments

It all looked strangely familiar. And it was. I'd seen this Trav before; on the Lyric Theatre stage in Brisbane in 2009, an Opera Australia import by Opera Queensland. The

REVIEW: The Importance Of Being Earnest | Sumner Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Importance Of Being Earnest | Sumner Theatre, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerNov 21, 20112 Comments

Exploring the darker recesses of YouTube one day I uncovered what is no doubt Geoffrey Rush's least-seen performance. In a webisode of gay soapy

REVIEW: Albert Herring | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Albert Herring | Playhouse, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerJul 25, 2011

In 2011, just this past weekend in fact, gay couples flocked to progressive churches and welcoming town halls in New York to marry. At at least one point in the 1950s, history recor

REVIEW: Turns | Playhouse, Melbourne

REVIEW: Turns | Playhouse, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerJul 4, 2011

"A pantomime with a twist," the show boasts. But it's the familiarity of the performers rather than the originality of th

REVIEW: Circus Oz: Steampowered | Melbourne

REVIEW: Circus Oz: Steampowered | Melbourne

Jason WhittakerJun 27, 2011

REVIEW: The Joy Of Text | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

REVIEW: The Joy Of Text | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerJun 22, 20111 Comment

The Melbourne Theatre Company boasts, quite rightly, it now has three home-grown Melbourne writers on its stages: Joanna Murray-Smith's

REVIEW: Faust | Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Faust | Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Jason WhittakerJun 20, 2011

Charles Gounod needed a good editor. The third act of Faust -- of five, clocking in at around three hours -- really drags, especially. He's been granted his dream girl, exc