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Elektra/Orestes | Belvoir
Written by Rebecca Whitton   
Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:35

Elektra/Orestes | Belvoir

In this reworking of the Electra myth, writers Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks remain true to the heightened style of Greek tragedy, using archetypal characters to keep the narrative tightly focussed on the major theme of the tragedy of intergenerational family violence.

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As You Like It | Bell Shakespeare
Written by Jodi McAlister   
Friday, 27 February 2015 10:10

As You Like It | Bell Shakespeare

We laugh in the right places, and marvel appropriately at John Bell’s pitch perfect rendition of the iconic Seven Ages of Man speech. But, Bell aside, there’s not much in here to elevate this production above the serviceable.

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Kill The Messenger | Belvoir
Written by Jodi McAlister   
Friday, 20 February 2015 08:54

Kill The Messenger | Belvoir

This is a compelling, taut, provocative piece of theatre. The decision to cast playwright Lui in the role of her own textual avatar was brilliant, and adds another layer to the piece's intense honesty.

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On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco | Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Written by Rebecca Whitton   
Friday, 23 January 2015 15:36

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco | Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Combining Chekov’s wonderful, comic monologue On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco with music from Bach, Berio and Tchaikovsky makes for a short and charming salon piece from the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.

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Caress/Ache | Griffin Theatre Company
Written by Jodi McAlister   
Friday, 06 March 2015 22:19

Caress/Ache | Griffin Theatre Company

The name Caress/Ache offers a picture of what the show should be like – a delicate caress, a subtle ache. Sadly, this production does not live up to the play’s name: instead of a caress, this is a sledgehammer.

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Faust | Opera Australia
Written by Eliza Eggler   
Sunday, 22 February 2015 11:02

Faust | Opera Australia

The success of this production lies in the combination of great singing and dancing on an attractive looking set that manages to feel strangely contemporary thanks to the costume, set and lighting design.

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Madama Butterfly | Opera Australia
Written by Penny Spirou   
Friday, 06 February 2015 17:01

Madama Butterfly | Opera Australia

The performers are world-class, but what really makes this production an extravagant indulgence is the set design and costumes. While visually spellbinding, they also provide their own sonic aesthetic quality that makes this more than just another opera.

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Falling Through Clouds | The Last Great Hunt
Written by Ashley Walker   
Friday, 16 January 2015 22:41

Falling Through Clouds | The Last Great Hunt

Theatre makers have much in common with children at play. Both delight in using minimal props in a small contained space to transport themselves into a completely different scenario that is often another world away.

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