The Wrong Girl – has Australian commercial TV run out of new ideas?

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Last night, Channel Ten’s new romantic comedy/drama The Wrong Girl premiered in Offspring‘s former 8.30pm time slot. Viewers who might’ve missed the news that Offspring had wrapped up for the year and tuned in expecting more of the Proudman family could have easily fallen under the impression that they were watching some kind of Offspring spin-off. The visual style is a little less boho-chic,

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Side Show review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Bill Russell and Henry Krieger’s show about real-life conjoined twins/entertainment sensation Daisy and Violet Hilton is, in many ways, an ambitious work of musical theatre. It premiered in 1997 on Broadway, where it won decent reviews but closed early, and was substantially rejigged for a 2014 revival which, again, received strong reviews and closed early.

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‘Transparent’ reminds that TV can be as glorious, brittle and uncompromising as any art form

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Jill Soloway’s web TV series Transparent takes pride of place in local streaming service Stan’s international line-up. Back in 2014, when the series premiered and streaming services were still in their infancy in Australia, I wrote a piece: How the TV show of the year came from the internet (and mightn’t make it to Australia). Soon after that piece,

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Power Plays review (The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Sydney Theatre Company’s degustation of five new short plays by five of Australia’s leading and emerging women playwrights is a great idea on paper. Melissa Bubnic, Michele Lee, Nakkiah Lui, Hannie Rayson and Debra Thomas. Five women with a diverse range of experiences, some of whom don’t get nearly enough of their works programmed given the

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Will and Grace showed the humanity of gay people 18 years ago – will the same sex marriage debate make us forget?

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With Australia’s most prominent national newspaper printing cartoons comparing LGBTQI people to Nazis, and repeatedly slamming the same sex marriage lobby for alleged threats made against a hotel hosting an anti-marriage equality event (while completely ignoring a bomb threat made against a gay radio station), it’s difficult to believe that Will and Grace premiered 18 years ago this week. By which

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The Drover’s Wife review (Belvoir Theatre, Sydney)

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Leah Purcell’s stage adaptation of Henry Lawson’s short story, The Drover’s Wife, is a major new piece of Australian playwriting. Purcell has injected the Indigenous perspective back into a chapter of Australia’s history from which it has largely been white-washed, forcing her audience to reconsider what they thought they knew about Australia in the late 19th century and the

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream review (Sydney Opera House)

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream tends to come with a gloss of frivolity — four young Athenians romp about the woods, falling in and out of love with one another as a kingdom of fairies meddle in their relationships. A fairy queen is put under a humiliating spell by her husband, forcing her to fall in love with a half-man,

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Frosty the Showman: on new musicals and the business of showbusiness

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Theatrical producer John Frost is sitting in the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, overseeing an extensive photo shoot for his new production of My Fair Lady. It’s a pretty straight-forward shoot of key moments from each scene of the production, and not the type of thing you’d expect an impresario like Frost to sit in on. But getting

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