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REVIEW: Motherland | Metro Arts, Brisbane

An untold story about the marriage between a Russian president and a Brisbane heiress is fodder for Kathryn Lyall-Watson’s accomplished new play at Metro Arts.

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REVIEW: Design For Living | Playhouse, Brisbane

Wesley Enoch’s Design For Living strips Noel Coward’s sexual politics fable of its morality play in favour of over-the-top farce. And buries much of the wit at the same time.

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REVIEW: Singled Out | Seymour Centre, Sydney

Singled Out is a heroic undertaking that deserves more than cynicism and lip-service. And what a coup to remind us of one of the great actors still in our midst who should never have been off our radar. Or producers’ radars.

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REVIEW: The Vehicle Failed to Stop | Carriageworks

Theatre company Version 1.0′s The Vehicle Failed to Stop takes a hard look at corruption and the dehumanisation of war. It is likely to stop you in your tracks and make you think.

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REVIEW: The Shadow King | Malthouse Theatre

In this adaptation for the Malthouse Theatre, King Lear is an indigenous Australian and his kingdom is the outback. The messages inherent in Shakespeare’s original script align powerfully.

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REVIEW: Hay Fever | New Theatre, Sydney

The role of the egocentric, fading actress is perfect for Alice Livingstone, who has both an apparent penchant and perspicacity when it comes to such characters. This production is a fitting tribute to Noel Coward.

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REVIEW: Hamlet | Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney

Simon Stone has raised The Bard. His Hamlet, typically sliced and diced, is thrilling. And Toby Schmitz is commanding in the lead.

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REVIEW: The Wharf Revue | Glen Street Theatre, Sydney

The Wharf Revue is back, warming up for its STC season with tributes to Tom Waterhouse, Gina Rinehart, Julie Bishop and, of course, The Abbott Family.

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REVIEW: The Floating World | Griffin Theatre, Sydney

The Floating World, a post-war time capsule, broke the mould for Australian theatre in 1974. A revival at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre shows why.

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REVIEW: Brief Encounter (Melbourne Festival) | Athenaeum Theatre

Brief Encounter will charm your socks off. The British import production for the Melbourne Festival breathes new life into Noel Coward’s nostalgic play.

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