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REVIEW: Cinderella | State Theatre, Melbourne

You know the story, but Australian Ballet’s production of the fairytale classic will still break your heart. Cinderella is exquisite from start to finish.

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REVIEW: Paquita and La Sylphide | State Theatre, Melbourne

The national ballet company presents an exquisite double-bill in Melbourne and Sydney, showcasing some extraordinary athleticism by its principal dancers.

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REVIEW: Rupert | Playhouse, Melbourne

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.

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REVIEW: Blak | Playhouse, Melbourne

Blak intertwines stories of modern Aboriginal youth with traditional vistas to explore the life of boys and men. It’s arresting in its choreography and design.

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REVIEW: Don Quixote | State Theatre, Melbourne

Rudolf Nureyev came to Australia to create one of the world’s greatest ever productions of Don Quixote. Some 40 years later a couple of Australian dancers bring it back to brilliant life.

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REVIEW: Music | Fairfax Studio, Melbourne

Music is one of Melbourne Theatre Company’s more tuneful endeavours this year. Playwright Barry Oakley is welcomed back to the stage with warm applause.

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REVIEW: Promises, Promises | State Theatre, Melbourne

This is one big broken promise. Melbourne’s Production Company vows to do more with less in musical theatre, but its adaptation of the Burt Bacharach tuner falls flat.

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REVIEW: Onegin | Opera Theatre, Sydney

The story of Yevgeny (Eugene) Onegin started, of course, with master-poet Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel (389 stanzas, no less of iambic tetrameter; so-called Onegin stanzas, or Pushkin sonnet), a classic of Russian literature which began to be serialised in 1825. Onegin, the character, has since served as a ‘role model’ for numerous Russian men of fiction. [...]

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REVIEW: Australia Day | Playhouse, Melbourne

by Matthew Raggatt Coming immediately after the more sombre remembrance of Anzac Day, Jonathan Biggins’ Australia Day – a Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company co-production — challenges audiences to consider what in fact, beyond our soldiers, it is that brings us all together. We are thrown into the Coriole Shire’s committee meeting for the country town’s upcoming January [...]

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REVIEW: The Rake’s Progress | Playhouse, Melbourne

A difficult opera calls for a strong and disciplined vision. The Rake’s Progress is certainly an unusual piece with quite peculiar parentage, but in Victorian Opera’s production it loses its way. A collaboration between a Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, and two poets, the British W.H. Auden and the American Chester Kallman, it was first performed [...]

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