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The Curtain closes — we’re remounting the production at Daily Review

Crikey has launched Australia’s newest arts website, The Daily Review — the new home for theatre criticism and debate. Come join the discussion.

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Forty years on: War And Peace for House opening

It will be 40 years this weekend since the Sydney Opera House held its first performance, a production of Prokofiev’s War And Peace. The critics loved the show — and the venue.

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A moment of Solitude: Mayday plays an indie shot in the arm

What do you get when you put 16 writers, nine directors and 19 actors into a room? The inaugural Mayday Playwrights’ Festival. The theatrical shorts are a shot in the arm for Sydney indie theatre.

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REVIEW: Frankenstein | Brisbane Arts Theatre

The Brisbane Arts Theatre revives Frankenstein in the best traditions of the Gothic horror tale. Brenna Lee-Cooney’s take is an intense but colourful adaptation.

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Final curtain for Bille Brown a stirring send-off/up with friends

From Geoff Rush to Neil Armfield, friends of Bille Brown gathered in Brisbane earlier this week to farewell the celebrated thespian in the most theatrical of ways.

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REVIEW: S (Brisbane Festival) | Playhouse

This is dark and painful circus, using very few props, and only the performers’ bodies to do all the hard work and act as supports for each other.

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REVIEW: The Lunch Hour | Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney

There isn’t much that’s spectacular in Chris Aronsten’s The Lunch Hour. In fact, there’s quite a lot of attempted comedy that falls flat.

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REVIEW: Female Creators (Spring Dance 2012) | The Playhouse, Sydney

The branding for Spring Dance 2012, now showing at The Playhouse, downstairs, on the western side of the Sydney Opera House, is all over the place. What I do know for sure is that, for 2012 at least, Sydney Dance Company’s erstwhile artistic director Rafael Bonachela (a man whose name alone is poetry) is the [...]

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REVIEW: Ordinary Days | Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney

Ordinary Days might be small-scale and low-budget, but it’s no ordinary musical. Written by young, still-ascendant composer and lyricist Adam Gwon and directed by Scot Grace Barnes, for Squabbalogic, it focusses in on the Manhattan lifestyle, but presents a side less idealised and glamourous than, say, Woody is prone to do. Paul Geddes is musical [...]

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REVIEW: Beautiful Burnout (Sydney Festival) | York Theatre

It’s getting to the stage where one has to seriously suspect collusion, or a notion of competition, permeating the ranks of artists. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Is there? After all, there used to be a sense of oneupmanship, envy and anxiety between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And the similarities between [...]

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