Features

Comment: ABC’s Q&A kicks off its worst year yet

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

ABC’s high-rating politics panel show Q&A has now been back for three weeks, generating headline after headline, and scandal after scandal. But the thoughtful and informed discussion which the show was originally meant to generate has gone missing in action. The forthright debate for which it was once respected seems to have been lost in favour of the abusive combat

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Melbourne’s Green Room Awards’ very long list of nominations

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The Green Room awards — possibly the world’s most comprehensive performing arts awards — has announced the nominees for its customary mammoth list of categories: cabaret, contemporary and experimental performance, dance, independent theatre, music theatre, opera, and theatre companies. Each of these categories has up to ten separate sub-catagories. The nominee list this year contains over 330 names of individual

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Omit the politics from reviews, say readers

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News & Commentary, Stage |

Last week Ben Neutze reported on a reviewing controversy in which a New York Times critic – (a female critic, a rarity in the NewYork theatre world) – was attacked by other critics for “p.c. policing”. In her review of Big River, Laura Collins-Hughes had written: “I’m not arguing for rewriting Twain or for consigning Big River to the scrap heap. But

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Reviews

The Trouble with Harry review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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The story of Harry Crawford, a transgender man who was found guilty of murdering his wife Annie Birkett, is one of Sydney’s more extraordinary and mysterious tales. Much is known about the murder trial, given the intense media scrutiny applied to the case involving the “man-woman”, as he was called. But little is known for certain

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The Judas Kiss review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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English playwright David Hare picked a losing battle when he decided to dramatise a period of great scandal and shame in Oscar Wilde’s life. Hare’s 1998 play The Judas Kiss premiered to generally negative reviews in London with Liam Neeson playing Wilde, and returned in 2013 with a much better-received production directed by Australian Neil Armfield and starring Rupert

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Trainspotting Live (Adelaide Fringe Festival)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

From the moment you enter the Trainspotting performance space, which feels like a cross between an underground tube station and a urinal, you are transported back 20 years to the grungy club scene of the 1990s. It is just over 20 years since Irvine Welsh’s novel, Trainspotting, and Danny Boyle’s film adaptation became cult commentaries

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The Flick (QPAC, Brisbane)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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What’s the meaning of life? A question that has puzzled the world for ever, since the human race started philosophising thousands of years ago. Maybe that’s why religions were invented, but we’re still no closer to solving it, and the existential answer seems to be Nothing. And yet we want an answer, and so we

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The Red Detachment Of Women (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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In legendary funny-man Mel Brooks’s film The Producers, a pair of hapless con artists looking to put on a flop, stage a new musical – Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp With Eva and Adolf at Berchtesgaden. It’s a show they believe so tasteless, offensive and ideologically repulsive, that audiences will be sent running. Much

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