Features

WATCH: Will & Grace take on Donald Trump in reunion mini-episode

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Celebrity endorsements are always useful for presidential candidates, but endorsements from beloved fictional characters are even more valuable. After days of teasing on social media, the four former stars of Will and Grace, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, today released a ten-minute reunion mini-episode in favour of Hillary Clinton. Check it out below.

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The Australian Ballet reveals crowd-pleasing 2017 season of ‘wonderment’

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Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

With the Australian Ballet’s Sydney home, the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for seven months next year, the company has unveiled a program which seems designed to attract ballet lovers away from the harbour icon and into Haymarket’s Capitol Theatre. The centrepiece of the season is the Australian premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The

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Will Asia-Topa be the ‘game changer’ Australian arts companies have been wishing for?

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Dance, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts announced its program for January- April 2017 today with 15 nations from the region presenting 60 events across artforms with 25 of those events being commissions or premieres. The festival is the brainchild of Carrillo Gantner and seed-funded by $2 million the Sidney Myer Fund, the Myer Foundation

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Reviews

The Nix by Nathan Hill book review

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Books, Fiction, Reviews |

The Nix is a remarkably hefty debut novel with a whopping 620 pages, an act of generosity rarely granted by publishers to writers other than to fantasy or science fiction writers who’ve sold at least a trilogy or two. American writer Nathan Hill’s novel is the story of Samuel Andreson-Anderson (he prefers just Anderson) and

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

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Reviews, Screen, TV |

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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Coppelia (Palais Theatre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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On a regular Friday evening, the number 16 tram to the buzzing waterfront area of St. Kilda is normally jammed with office workers chasing a drink or three, or young types ready to dance till dawn. The crowd, and dance style were a little different on Friday (September 23) as St. Kilda’s famous old theatre,

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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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