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REVIEW: Beginner At Life | Newtown Theatre, Sydney

Let’s face it, whatever our age or stage, we’re all, in a sense, beginners at life. We don’t graduate from the womb with honours in ‘life sciences’. We’re clean, innocent, unknowing, unworldly slates from the moment we emerge into the piercing light of day. A remarkable survivor named Alana Ruben Free reminds of this humbling […]

‘House full’ sign goes up on $1b Broadway biz

There’s nothing like New York City’s Broadway for a theatre lover. Tourists and locals are spoilt for choice each day, with dozens of glitzy musicals and star-studded plays to be found bathed under the blinding lights of Times Square. But even 40 theatres in the Broadway district alone aren’t enough. The New York Times reports […]

REVIEW: Fame | Regent Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Fame | Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Make no mistake, they’re going to live forever (like the song embedded in your head, a tumour out of remission). They’re going to learn how to fly (high!). They feel it coming together. People will see them and cry (Fame!). Well, perhaps not weep. Clap, certainly. The starry-eyed young talent on stage here would make […]

REVIEW: Tosca | State Theatre, Melbourne

Kings Cross has nothing on this sinister, sordid Roman vestry. On stage in Melbourne is more sex, more sadism, more brutal police corruption than anything served up in Underbelly. Giacomo Puccini’s celebrated Tosca has always challenged opera audiences. But this new production from Opera Australia, bleakly and controversially re-imagined by American director Christopher Alden, has […]

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