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Resident Alien | fortyfivedownstairs

Fri, 27 May 2016

Paul Capsis is a national treasure, and anyone who saw his solo piece Angela’s Kitchen will know he can carry a show. He is, purely and simply, the best thing about this pr...

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In Search of Owen Roe | La Mama

Wed, 25 May 2016

O’Neill pays homage to her father, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, and ties in the above with stories of her ancestor Owen Roe, who led a rebellion against the English in the 1640s, as well as stories of her romantic life and mo...

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Follies in Concert | Storeyboard Entertainment

Wed, 25 May 2016

The music has always been what people remember and want to hear, so it's little wonder that concert versions have proved popular around the world, and kept this gem of a show al...

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The Taming of the Shrew | Sport For Jove

Sun, 22 May 2016

In this big, bold, inventive and innovative production of The Taming of the Shrew, license has been taken with Will’s quill, with Shakespeare’s Shrew shaken into a sea shanty, a silent film melodrama, and a silly arse farce, but the dizzying discipline on show from the entire ensemble keeps the engine of the narrative and plot at full st...

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The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair | True North

Sun, 22 May 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen. No dance experience necessary. Must revel in a sense of community and be prepared to find themselves in an engine room for romance. House Band, Meat Tray and Supper on offer. Emcee, “Mints Bitch” and “Bellboy” included in ticket pr...

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The Glass Menagerie | Malthouse Theatre

Sun, 22 May 2016

This is a deeply intelligent reading of a classic play, one that manages to be both contemporary and of its own time; a memory play that is (as playwright Tennessee Williams intended it to be) a ‘penetrating and vivid expression of things as they ar...

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The Trolleys | Playlovers Theatre

Sat, 21 May 2016

Written specifically for a young cast, but offering challenging themes against a dystopian backdrop, The Trolleys is neither the stuff of crowd-pleasing youth theatre or the kind of edgy show used to break up a repertory se...

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Heathers The Musical

Fri, 20 May 2016

To quote Veronica Sawyer “Lick it up baby. Lick it up.” And that’s exactly what the audience did at Heathers The Musical, currently playing at the Arts Centre Me...

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Exposing Edith | Michaela Burger and Greg Wain

Thu, 19 May 2016

Edith Piaf – singer, songwriter, actress, and as far removed from the Hollywood wholesome ingénue as possible. Born (as legend has it) in the Parisian gutters in 1915, Piaf’s life wove a tragic tale from street busker, to cabaret star eventually becoming one of France’s greatest international st...

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Belated | Maiden Voyage Theatre Company

Mon, 16 May 2016

Growing up is hard to do. Life is unpredictable, and how we deal with unexpected circumstances is a good indication of just how grown up we ar...

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Singin' in the Rain

Sun, 15 May 2016

The Golden era of Hollywood gave the world a number of classic musicals. Few are more memorable than MGM's glorious salute to its own history – Singin' in the Ra...

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | Furies Theatre

Sat, 14 May 2016

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an evergreen favourite for those who enjoy crackling wordplay and stinging absurdist irony, shot through with accessible philosophical musings and a heavy dose of archly self-aware humour about the nature of theatre and ac...

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Beauty and the Beast | WA Ballet

Sat, 14 May 2016

A buzzing full house made it a fairytale opening night for WA Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast, with classic themes of love and sacrifice danced out amidst a world of fairies, goblins and enchanted mi...

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Dogfight | Doorstep Arts

Fri, 13 May 2016

Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Dogfight is a brutal look into pre Vietnam War 1960s America, where heroes were young men with 13 weeks of military training and women, their playthings, objects of desire or in this case, hu...

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Straight White Men | Melbourne Theatre Company

Fri, 13 May 2016

Straight White Men arrives on our shores with the promise that audiences will be disturbed and ‘blindsided’; that they’ll come away feeling like they’ve had a ‘knife in the gut’. The reality of this MTC production doesn’t quite match the hy...

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101 Hits | Tripod

Thu, 12 May 2016

Steven Gates, Scott Edgar and Simon Hall, have been playing music, singing together and making audiences laugh for 20 ye...

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Paper | Owl and Cat Theatre

Thu, 12 May 2016

So the premise behind Paper is that a group of ambitious journos hatch a plan to boost their failing readership figures by contriving a sex scandal to bring down their op...

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After the Flood | Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen

Tue, 10 May 2016

After the Flood is a beautiful unpretentious work of storytelling, playing with tradition in ways both humorous and respectful. Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen should be named national treasures, pr...

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Melbourne | Saturday, 21 May 2016

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On Friday 27 May at 6.30pm the Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square will host a unique performance by Melbourne Playback Theatre, SticksnStones. Jan Chandler had the pleasure of speaking with the Creative Director Lenka Va...

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CAST calls on Federal government to reinstate Australia Council funds

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The Confederation of Australian State Theatre Companies (CAST) calls on the Federal government to formally review its budget cuts to the Australia Council after today’s announcement that 62 arts organisations will be defunded after failing to secure key organisation core ...

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Beauty and the Beast | WA Ballet
A buzzing full house made it a fairytale opening night for WA Ballet’s Beauty & the Beast, with classic themes of love...
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | Furies Theatre
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an evergreen favourite for those who enjoy crackling wordplay and stinging absurdi...
Singin' in the Rain
The Golden era of Hollywood gave the world a number of classic musicals. Few are more memorable than MGM's glorious salute...
The Trolleys | Playlovers Theatre
Written specifically for a young cast, but offering challenging themes against a dystopian backdrop, The Trolleys is neithe...
Belated | Maiden Voyage Theatre Company
Growing up is hard to do. Life is unpredictable, and how we deal with unexpected circumstances is a good indication of just...