Constellations (Bille Browne Studio, Brisbane)

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“Only connect”, said E. M Forster in Howard’s End, which in a way sums up all human striving for communication and meaning. But it’s such a difficult thing to achieve, and thus can be the motivation for almost any work of theatre. Constellations by British playwright Nick Payne is about love, of course, with a bit

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The Flick (QPAC, Brisbane)

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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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Tartuffe review (Queensland Theatre, QPAC)

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There is much to enjoy in this radical new production of Moliere’s 17th century play Tartuffe. It’s perhaps not Moliere’s best-known play, so many of us come to the production as tabula rasa, clean sheets on which no previous explanation has been written. For such people, the play will be a complete surprise, and even those who thought they knew

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Disgraced review (QPAC, Brisbane)

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A generation ago it used to be the Jews, now it’s the Muslims. Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask … Disgraced is a very modern, very open, finely nuanced play first produced on Broadway in 2012, which won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. And where else but America? Because it

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ST MARY’S IN EXILE Review (Bille Brown Studio, Brisbane)

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Stop the presses! The Roman Catholic hierarchy isn’t always right. The canonisation ten years ago of that wicked rebel Mary McKillop, briefly excommunicated in 1871, has proved that; and even Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic in 1431 and burned at the stake, was eventually forgiven and canonised nearly 500 years later. And let’s not

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True West review (Powerhouse, Brisbane)

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See how these brothers love one another! One (Austin, played by Julian Curtis) is a meek-and-mild, mildly successful Hollywood scriptwriter and family man; the other (Lee, played by Thomas Larkin) is his cultural opposite, a big ne’er-do-well brute of a man, who arrives out of the blue at their mother’s house, where Austin is house-sitting

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