GLOW review: is Netflix’s new series Orange is the Black 2.0?

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Netflix’s new show GLOW is a fictionalisation of the personalities and stories behind-the-scenes of the 1980s wrestling promotion and TV series, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. The ten-part series premieres today, and is inevitably going to be compared to Orange is the New Black.  On paper, the shows have plenty of similarities: GLOW is a comedy-drama Netflix original, following an ensemble cast of “strong” women

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Hot Brown Honey review (Sydney Opera House)

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Hot Brown Honey — the performance and party event that’s part burlesque, part cabaret, part hip-hop gig, part circus and all protest — has become a bit of a sensation over the last few years. The politically-charged show, which is the brainchild of Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi, has toured extensively and is now

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There’s a crisis in Australian musical theatre — and it’s about more than funding & support

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The near-total lack of homegrown musical theatre recognised in this year’s Helpmann Award nominations has been the subject of much discussion and dismay in the performing arts industry over the last few days. Plenty have criticised the Helpmanns for failing to acknowledge the work of more local creatives, but others have suggested that the result

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Slut review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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This production of Patricia Cornelius’s play Slut started life as a one-off staging as part of the Women in Theatre and Screen’s (WITS) Festival Fatale last year. When I reviewed that initial staging, I wrote: “I hope this production returns to Sydney at some point, because it needs to be seen.” Now the production has returned for a

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The Helpmann Awards can’t be taken seriously

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Like many people who work with Australia’s live performance industry, I have conflicting feelings about the Helpmann Awards. On one hand, I think it’s important to celebrate the significant achievements of a vibrant industry, and I appreciate that the Helpmann committee and Live Performance Australia try pretty hard to make a national performing arts award consistent and representative.

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My Fair Lady leads Helpmann Awards 2017 nominations: full list

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Opera Australia and John Frost’s revival of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, is the front-runner for this year’s Helpmann Awards, having picked up nine nominations. But it’s a tight race in the musical theatre categories, with Book of Mormon in a close second with eight nominations, and Aladdin and Kinky Boots with seven each. Those four musicals make up the

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If Julie Andrews thinks My Fair Lady is sexist, why aren’t we talking about it?

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Over the weekend a wonderful but surprising new interview with Dame Julie Andrews was published in Fairfax. Andrews was recently back in Australia overseeing the production of My Fair Lady she directed for Opera Australia when she opened up about the show. In the article, journalist Elissa Blake asks Andrews a question that’s been widely debated in Australia’s

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Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore review (ATYP, Sydney)

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It’s not often you find a family tree in the program for a 90-minute production by the Australian Theatre for Young People, but there’s one handily included for Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. This contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ Theban plays moves forward at breakneck pace and, although it’s told with great clarity, includes all the complex, interconnected and

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