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Hir | Belvoir

Fri, 18 Aug 2017

Grotesque and misanthropic, Taylor Mac's Hir is identifiable as Theatre of Cruelty complete with repetitive projectile vomiting, piercing sound, public pissing, and bright stage li...

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After The Dance | New Theatre

Wed, 16 Aug 2017

After The Dance concerns itself with the generation that missed the First World War by a whisker and were celebrating and commiserating the hard won peace with copious amounts of whisky – predominantly Irish in this production – gin, brandy, and wine (when one can be bothered to fetch it from the ce...

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The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man | Malthouse Theatre

Tue, 15 Aug 2017

As humanity continues its blind progression, monsters will be spawned from our own wombs, intones the smirking sideshow tout in bl...

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Matrophobia! | The Daughters Collective

Sun, 13 Aug 2017

This show by The Daughters Collective touts itself as ‘honest’ feminist comedy delving into the ‘beauties, horrors and complexities of mother-daughter relationships.’ Maybe so, but unless I’ve missed something, great chunks of it come across as mother-blaming and lacking in co...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Sport for Jove

Sat, 12 Aug 2017

This is not a perfect production, but it is on the whole quite a strong one, and a rare chance to see a professional local staging of this excellent pl...

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The Perfume Garden

Wed, 9 Aug 2017

Family, time, love, cultural identity, the migrant experience, magic and aging – themes which manifest as disappointment and frustration, resentment, compromise and broken pr...

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Kindertransport | Darlinghurst Theatre Company

Tue, 8 Aug 2017

Kindertransport sounds like a toy, a benevolent children's vehicle on which to play.

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Byron Writers Festival 2017

Mon, 7 Aug 2017

At the end of each day my brain is full to burst: so many stories in my head, so much new information to absorb and embrace. Can life get any sw...

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1984

Fri, 4 Aug 2017

Blame a fear of political correctness, fake news or Donald Trump, but dystopian fiction is having a moment and George Orwell’s almost-70-year-old classic is riding the wave, leaping to the top of the US Amazon bestseller list at the start of the ye...

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The Nicest Person in the Room | Nicola Macri

Fri, 4 Aug 2017

Stand-up comedy for the Insta-savvy crowd.

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You're Not Alone | Malthouse Theatre

Thu, 3 Aug 2017

Nothing can really prepare you for the hilarious, disturbing, surreal and sad journey that the ginger, extremely awkward Englishman Kim Noble takes you on...

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The Vagina Monologues | Nice Productions Australia

Thu, 3 Aug 2017

At various times throughout, I found myself wondering, really? That has happened? That happened to you? You were made to feel that way? Someone did that to yo...

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Merciless Gods | Little Ones Theatre

Mon, 31 Jul 2017

Porn shoots, prisons, migrant camps and festering teenage boys’ rooms – the raw, incendiary scenes of acclaimed Melbourne playwright Christos Tsiolkas spring to life like a contemporary, sex-drenched Greek tragedy in the hands of Little Ones Th...

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Boudoir Burlesque Bar | Russian Doll Productions

Sun, 30 Jul 2017

As is generally the case with neo-burlesque, this variety show of different performers’ acts runs the gamut from erotic to parodic, but they tend to largely fall into the camp of, well… ca...

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Rice | Griffin Theatre Company

Thu, 27 Jul 2017

Two terrifically talented performers steam, boil and fry through ninety long grain minutes of Michelle Lee’s Rice.

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The Bodyguard - The Musical

Sun, 23 Jul 2017

Curuenavuli’s Queen Bey-like command of the stage has hearts racing from the start. But she is equally compelling when switching to her softer, more vulnerable si...

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The Merchant of Venice | Bell Shakespeare

Sun, 23 Jul 2017

Bell Shakespeare's latest production of The Merchant of Venice is a thought provoking take on one of Shakespeare's most controversial co...

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Constellations | The Street

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

It begins with licking elbows and ends with contemplation. Constellations is a comedy-drama-romance with scientific and philosophical threads that pull together in a relatable fo...

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Reviews/Melbourne
Holed up in a dingy hotel with only a bucket for company, the sole comfort for sick backpackers is they know their suffering will make a funny story one day.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Sydney
This is an extremely funny play, at turns satirical and wilfully silly in the extreme, ultimately bordering on farce, as these four rather loopy characters scheme and snipe and fret and fawn over each other in anticipation of Rasputin’s arrival.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Melbourne
When Sam Simmons arrives on stage trilling like a choir boy wearing a ruffle he’s stolen from a drag queen, you might assume we’re in for another one of his absurdist prop strewn shows. But surprisingly, there are no bread shoes, no tacos being smashed on his bare chest.
Monday, 10 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Sydney
Taking Bottom the weaver and his fellow gormless tradies with dreams of amateur theatrical stardom, playwrights Keith Robinson and Tony Taylor imagine what they got up to between the scenes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Sunday, 09 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Sydney
Sydney Opera House and CDP Theatre Producers present the opportunity to see Horrible Harriet in all her glory live on stage.
Sunday, 09 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Sydney
Faster is modern ballet in its truest form. The production is segmented into three works, completely unlike each other. They explore moments in time, people, places and how they connect to each other.
Sunday, 09 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Melbourne
Oh my! Be still my exuberant heart.
Sunday, 09 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Sydney
There are several clear issues with Sydney Theatre Company's latest production.
Sunday, 09 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Adelaide
In this production, Director Geoff Brittain and his team of excellent actors does The Rep a real service, and gives the theatre-goers of Adelaide a true gift.
Saturday, 08 April 2017 | Read more
Reviews/Sydney
This elegantly simple comic premise is spelled out in the title. This is the play that goes wrong and anything that can surely does.
Friday, 07 April 2017 | Read more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Sport for Jove
This is not a perfect production, but it is on the whole quite a strong one, and a rare chance to see a professional local...
The Perfume Garden
Family, time, love, cultural identity, the migrant experience, magic and aging – themes which manifest as disappointment an...
Kindertransport | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Kindertransport sounds like a toy, a benevolent children's vehicle on which to play.
Byron Writers Festival 2017
At the end of each day my brain is full to burst: so many stories in my head, so much new information to absorb and embrace...
Matrophobia! | The Daughters Collective
This show by The Daughters Collective touts itself as ‘honest’ feminist comedy delving into the ‘beauties, horrors and comp...