Why Hannah Gadsby is quitting stand-up: ‘Nanette’ review

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After ten successful years, Hannah Gadsby is retiring from stand-up comedy. She might be just 39, and at the peak of her career, but Gadsby has had enough of trying to draw together rooms full of people in simultaneous laughter, and has decided to make Nanette her swansong. It’s an incredible high note to go out on: a fast-evolving hour of

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The Bodyguard Musical review (Sydney Lyric Theatre)

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The Bodyguard Musical is one of the best musical comedies to hit Sydney stages in years — whether it entirely intends to be funny or not. Such is the sheer ridiculousness of this melodramatic stage adaptation of Mick Jackson’s middling 1992 romantic thriller film, it tends to draw stifled laughs when it reaches for sincerity, or terror,

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Big Fish the musical review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Big Fish is hardly one of Broadway’s major success stories of the past decade. The humungous, big-budget, big-cast original Broadway production, directed by Susan Stroman (the director behind mega-hit The Producers), closed after just three months, proving too expensive and not quite popular enough to sustain a long run. But the musical had not been entirely forgotten,

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Kinky Boots review (Capitol Theatre, Sydney)

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Rightly or wrongly, “hummability” has long been considered a key measure of a musical theatre score’s success. “Catchy” tunes are apparently the most preferable, while “I can’t remember a single tune” is just about the most damning thing you can say about a composer’s work. There’s an old, simple and fairly obvious trick those composers use to

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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo theatre review (Old Fitz, Sydney)

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Rajiv Joseph’s 2009 play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a brilliantly executed exploration of cruelty, violence and redemption, set in Baghdad in the months after the 2003 US invasion. The play mixes moments of tough, brutal realism with surreal passages to stunning effect, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It’s not the most commercial

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Dear White People review: is Netflix’s new series ‘racist against white people’?

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No. That’s both the short and the long answer. No, Dear White People, Netflix’s controversial ten-part series based on Justin Simien’s 2014 satirical film of the same name, is not “racist against white people.” That was the accusation levelled at the series in February when its first teaser trailer was released to YouTube. The short video clip attracted thousands

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