October 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.
October 7, 2013 1
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.
August 29, 2013
A childhood favourite, Sydney Theatre Company's stage adaptation of Storm Boy is full of heart and soul. It's a respectful homage to Colin Thiele's legacy.
August 15, 2013
The genius of Tom Stoppard is matched by the inspired casting of university mates Toby Schmitz and Tim Minchin in Sydney Theatre Company's genre-bending Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead.
May 23, 2013 5
Sydney Theatre Company is going to regional NSW and ACT schools to teach kids about road safety -- and theatre. Its new production is pitched in just the right way.
April 25, 2013
Australia's most prolific playwright serves up another relationship drama that still has plenty of things to say -- by silver-tongued characters.
April 17, 2013
From a suburban dance studio a decade ago, Gideon Obarzanek brings his slice-of-life play to the Sydney Theatre Company. It's a charmingly clumsy tale.
April 4, 2013 1
The very best of Britain comes to Australia in the Olivier-winning, Tonys-conquering National Theatre mega-hit. Its Sydney showing proves the universal appeal of a side-splitting adaptation.
February 25, 2013
Sydney Theatre Company go back to the dusty pages of George Bernard Shaw's work to find little-performed Mrs Warren's Profession. It's a witty, non-challenging escape.
January 17, 2013
The Secret River is as close as it gets to textual healing. Kate Grenville's 2005 novel on Australian race relations is even more alive on the Sydney Theatre stage.
January 15, 2013
If you've ever been a pimply, gangly teenager, you'll relate to School Dance. And remember the embarrassing soundtrack. Sydney Theatre Company's festival offering is nostalgic fun.
November 13, 2012 1
An all-male The Pirates Of Penzance experience comes to Sydney via London. It's the very model of a modern presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan revue.
November 12, 2012
Celebrated novelist Tim Winton's second attempt at stage writing might be too subtle for some. But it's unmistakeably Winton, if that's your thing (it's ours).
November 8, 2012 3
The Wharf Revue crew have been doing this longer than they care to remember. But the latest intergalactic piss-take is as funny as anything you've already seen.
October 4, 2012
Good Sex, and you don't need protection. Jacqueline McKenzie and Ryan Corr are convincing lovers in a new Sydney Theatre Company play.
September 20, 2012 1
On the pretext of having been a real-life Australia Day ambassador, Jonathan Biggins takes us to small town Coriole, located somewhere in the old Australia for a comic romp that only occasionally hits the mark.
August 23, 2012 3
My theatre buddy had it right. Emerging from Sydney Theatre Company’s The Splinter, at Wharf 1, he reached for a cinematic parallel, comparing the effect of Hilary Bell’s play to, say, a classic Hitchcock. Like any good psychological drama, The Splinter is, necessarily, somewhat nebulous, a little inscrutable, open to speculation and interpretation. It is, […]
August 16, 2012
I wonder how many people realise Face To Face — the Ingmar Bergman film on which Andrew Upton and Simon Stone have based their Sydney Theatre Company adaptation — was, in the beginning, a four-part television miniseries. Perhaps knowing this might dispel any residual snobbery we might have about this medium. And I wonder how many […]
August 9, 2012
Things have changed since I was a kid. Or teenager. (As you’d hope.) On wet sports afternoons at Marsden High, we were shown Carry On movies. I don’t know if this was for the students’, or teachers’ benefit. At worst, it was boring. And a lost opportunity to immerse us in truly edifying, memorable, even […]
June 28, 2012 4
I don’t get it. Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett are the co-artistic directors of Sydney Theatre Company. They program the work so, presumably, apart from commercial considerations, that implies some enthusiasm or passion for the plays they choose. They might both be shy, but they’re the artistic directors of STC. So, to see them make […]