Features

That vicious New York review of STC’s The Present is not ‘right’

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Over the last few days a particularly vicious review of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present, currently playing on Broadway, has been doing the rounds on social media. Published in The New York Observer, it features a headline declaring: “The Present, Despite Cate Blanchett, Might Be the Worst Play to Ever Hit Broadway”. The play, a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s first work by

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Screen Australia funds first documentary in Virtual Reality

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Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Sydney contemporary artist and skateboarder Shaun Gladwell has become the first recipient of Screen Australia documentary funding for a virtual reality project. Gladwell, who has had skateboarders as a recurring motif in his artworks for many years, will document his quest to teach a young British Muslim woman how to skateboard, through virtual reality. The film,

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Book of Mormon director on his mega-hit in Melbourne & the Mean Girls musical

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

When director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw finally joined the creative team for The Book of Mormon, the show had been in development for nearly seven years. South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with composer Robert Lopez, had written pretty much all they needed for a wonderful and outrageous satirical musical about The Church of Jesus Christ of

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Reviews

Born Yesterday (MTC Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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Did Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Brett Sheehy foresee something no-one else saw coming six months ago when he programmed Garson Kanin’s 1946 play Born Yesterday to open the night before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President? The play might be best known for the George Cukor’s 1950 film version with its unforgettable performance by Judy Holliday

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The Encounter review (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Normally it would be considered impolite to close your eyes for too long at the theatre, but in Complicite’s one-man show The Encounter it could well be a sign that the audience is swept up in the narrative. Once the audience members are seated, they’re invited to don the headphones provided, and experience a range of three-dimensional sounds

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The Testament of Mary review (Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Director Imara Savage’s production of Colm Toibin’s monologue The Testament of Mary starts with a wonderfully theatrical moment; the kind which you don’t really want the details of spoiled in this review. It’s enough to say that it’s a transformative moment, in which the Virgin Mary changes from an image of the holy and the sublime into one

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SHIT review (Seymour Centre, Sydney Festival)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Patricia Cornelius’s play SHIT follows three tough and ruthless women who have never been given any reason to believe they’re anything more than shit. Billy, Bobby and Sam grew up being passed from foster home to foster home, from abuser to abuser, and now they’ve got nothing but violence, and maybe each other. They’re the kind of women

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