We Get It theatre review (Powerhouse, Brisbane)

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I finally got it, although it took a good 60 of the play’s 90 minute duration. My feminist radar was on full alert from the beginning, when the audience was asked to decide what gender we were and given a randomly selected hospital-type wrist band to wear. Mine was yellow; my (female) friend’s was lime green. As

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Strictly Gershwin dance review (QPAC, Brisbane)

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Classical ballet doesn’t get much better than this. Music of Gershwin (think a 20th century Mozart on holiday), stunning costumes, some very good singers, a perfect ballet ensemble, a special piano rap from virtuoso Daniel Le, and Mao’s Last Dancer himself (the Queensland Ballet’s artistic director, Li Cunxin) in attendance, it adds up to a perfect

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Much Ado About Nothing (QTC, Playhouse, Brisbane)

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Shakespeare’s comedies have interchangeable titles, it seems, unlike the individually-named tragedies. No one could possibly confuse Hamlet with Lear or Macbeth; at least, we hope they couldn’t, although the collective Dick-and-Harry saga can lead those astray who haven’t got a firm grip on pre-Tudor history.

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Pennsylvania Avenue (Sydney Opera House)

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This is surely a room we recognise. Not the Oval Office, but one of the Blue Rooms at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, aka the White House. Sofas and chairs upholstered in dark blue emblazoned with the American eagle. Portraits of six American Presidents, some of whom we recognise immediately (I only got Lincoln and

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Brisbane Baroque Festival 2016 reviews

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Music in the Castle of Heaven, the opening concert was called, and although it was dedicated to the music of Poppa Bach, the title fitted almost everything I saw, with one sad exception, an embarrassing production of Purcell’s deservedly little-known semi-opera, King Arthur, to the even littler-known text by John Dryden, about which the less

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Circa's WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES (La Boite, Brisbane)

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Personally, I’ve seen enough multifarious hula hoops and twisting silk acrobatic ropes to last me a life time, and every time I go to the circus now, even it’s one as good as Circa, I sit back and mentally challenge them to entertain me. After all, how many variations are there on Reeling and Writhing

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