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.
Two recent dance works packed a solid punch, but would both benefit from a dramaturgical fine-toothed comb: Australian Dance Theatre's G and Dansatori's Mah-Hah-Bone.
Three new works from Sydney Dance Company master choreographer Rafael Bonachela veer from dramatic intensity to laugh-out-loud funny. But always thrillingly contemporary.
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.
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.
What are the chances? Two of Australia’s leading lights in the performing arts — Rafael Bonachela, artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company, and Richard Tognetti, artistic director of the Australian Chamber orchestra — discover a mutual passion in Jean-Philippe Rameau. Who? Precisely. As Tognetti points out, Rameau’s legend and music was dead almost as […]
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 […]
Dance is so often laden with big, ambitious, over-thought, overwrought, conceptual ideas, often overly intellectual, or just pseudo-intellectual. Worse yet, all too rarely do these ideas, if they’re worth the trouble at all, come through, without the benefit of copious, humourless artistic director’s notes. But Australian Dance Theatre’s latest production, staged at Sydney Theatre, suffered […]
It’s hard to believe the prince of polyester has been reigning for a quarter-century. Then again, it’s probably going on 20 years since I first saw him, at North Ryde rissole. The most delirious thing about that performance was I’m sure many of the patrons thought he was just another polished club entertainer-in-earnest. It could’ve […]