November, 2013

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REVIEW: Motherland | Metro Arts, Brisbane

, Nov 07, 2013

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

, Oct 31, 2013

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

, Oct 25, 2013

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

, Oct 23, 2013

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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

, Oct 23, 2013

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

, Oct 21, 2013

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

, Oct 17, 2013

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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

, Oct 17, 2013

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

, Oct 17, 2013

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

, Oct 17, 2013

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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REVIEW: Super Discount | Wharf 1, Sydney

, Oct 14, 2013

Super Discount is courageous theatre. Not because of its cast -- people with disabilities -- but because of where they dare to go with the material.
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REVIEW: Roam | Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne

, Oct 14, 2013

Melbourne indie company Red Stitch has embraced an exciting young writer in Adam Cass and given him an eye-popping canvass for high-tech drama Roam.
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REVIEW: Fight The Landlord | Carriageworks, Sydney

, Oct 14, 2013

At Sydney's daring Carriageworks, an unlikely Irish-Chinese co-production that is playful, absurdist and rather provocative. But what does it all mean?
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REVIEW: The Beast (Melbourne Festival) | Southbank Theatre

, Oct 11, 2013

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Funny, heartbreaking and politically incorrect: Eddie Perfect's first play is a winner. The dark satire is a razor-sharp examination of food stuff and middle-class values.
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REVIEW: Small And Tired | Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney

, Oct 11, 2013

A Greek myth turned into a gay Sex In The City? Kit Brookman's adaptation of the stories around Orestes for Belvoir St is radically contemporary.
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REVIEW: Romeo And Juliet | Drama Theatre, Sydney

, Oct 07, 2013

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Sydney Theatre Company doesn't present the definitive take on Shakespeare's classic, if such a thing exists, but Kip Williams' feministic take is a thrilling ride.
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REVIEW: Doku Rai | Carriageworks, Sydney

, Oct 03, 2013

In Sydney via Timor, the genre-bending, cross-hatched Doku Rai is the kind of immersive experience you want to have in the theatre -- but rarely do.

REVIEW: Return To Earth | Griffin Theatre, Sydney

, Oct 03, 2013

Lally Katz's wild imagination has been tamed by Griffin Theatre and director Paige Rattray, with a restaging of her widely panned Return To Earth with just the right magic touch.
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A festival of Shakespeare on the banks of the Brisbane

, Sep 26, 2013

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The works of William Shakespeare were ripe for reinvention in two productions -- at very opposite ends of the spectrum -- at this year's Brisbane Festival.
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REVIEW: Seminar | Ensemble Theatre, Sydney

, Sep 26, 2013

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Theresa Rebeck's Seminar is a taut Big Apple drama that Sydney's Ensemble Theatre makes an excellent fist of. It's some of their best work.