Cirque du Soleil: Kooza review (Sydney – Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park)

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French Canadian circus giant Cirque du Soleil first pitched its Grand Chapiteau in Australian soil in 1999 with its long-running show, Saltimbanco. Since then, the company has paid regular visits to Australia with its gorgeously designed, whimsical, and often spectacular circus productions. While the shows might have taken on different themes during that time period, they all follow the

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Anh Do back on the box with Barnesy, Magda and Kyle Sandilands

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Anh Do has consistently appeared on lists of Australia’s most loved celebrities in the past few years while Kyle Sandilands has consistently appeared on lists of Australia’s most hated. The Vietnamese-born Australian comedian is adored for his stand-up comedy, TV appearances, and memoir The Happiest Refugee while Sandilands barely goes a week without some scandal on his top-rating radio

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FIRST LOOK: Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical rehearsals

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Dream Lover, the musical based on the turbulent life of music superstar Bobby Darin, opens next month at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, starring David Campbell as Darin. We had a first look inside the rehearsal room today and caught up with Campbell after he rehearsed Mack the Knife and Splish Splash, with some brilliant choreography by Helpmann Award winner

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Opera Australia reveals bold 2017 season, unperturbed by Opera House closure

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With Opera Australia’s traditional home, the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for seven months of renovations in 2017, the company was always going to require some innovative thinking for its upcoming season. OA’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini certainly hasn’t shied away from the challenge, attracting the world’s most in-demand tenor Jonas Kaufmann (pictured above) back

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Eddie Perfect faces his food in The Beast

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Eddie Perfect’s debut play The Beast was a sell-out hit when it premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013. It follows three upper-middle class, tree-changing couples as they embark upon a dining experience like no other. The group has purchased a calf to slaughter for a nose-to-tail feast, but when the butcher doesn’t show, they’re

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Look Back in Anger review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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Legend has it that audiences gasped when the curtain rose at the 1956 London opening of John Osborne’s domestic drama Look Back in Anger. British theatre, until that point, had been mostly concerned with the upper-middle classes, and audiences had never seen the working class symbol which stood centre stage: an ironing board. Not only did the

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Fawlty Towers Live world premiere review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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Fawlty Towers Live does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a faithful stage adaptation of three episodes from Connie Booth and John Cleese’s beloved 1970s BBC sitcom. It is Fawlty Towers, live.  And why not bring this great British TV show to the stage? The twelve episodes of Fawlty Towers are essentially twelve superbly written half-hour farces, which

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5 ways to make Survivor survivable for wankers

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All of the greatest and most enduring narratives in western culture start with a shipwreck: Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Tempest, Robison Crusoe, and Cast Away (that movie with Tom Hanks and a volleyball). But for the last 15 years, that noble motif has found its most popular expression in a less revered corner of our cultural landscape: reality television. Starting this Sunday night,

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