The Ham Funeral review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

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The Ham Funeral is one of the richest and most significant plays in the Australian canon. Written by Patrick White in 1947, when he was still a relatively young man and an almost completely inexperienced playwright, the play remains a fiendishly difficult prospect for directors and actors alike. The surreal world of White’s play is unlike any other

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Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Belvoir, Sydney)

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The highest stakes on a Sydney stage this year may well show up in the first act of American playwright Anne Washburn’s brilliant and brutal Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play. Those sky-high stakes aren’t because the ongoing existence of humanity is under threat (although it is), nor are they because the safety of the characters on stage is under

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Guru of Chai review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis’s Guru of Chai is based, very loosely, on the Indian fairytale, Punchkin. It’s a story which won’t be familiar to much of Belvoir’s audience but, like most western fairytales, it has a spirit of playfulness and fun, which eventually gives way to a darker and more violent tone. But when Rajan, who plays every

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Janet King season 3 review (ABC TV)

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It’s been six years since Marta Dusseldorp first played Janet King on Crownies, the 22-episode legal drama which didn’t quite live up to the ABC’s sky-high expectations and was cancelled after just one season. But Dusseldorp’s presence as the tough and fearless prosecutor proved to be one of the show’s more successful elements, inspiring the ABC to

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Sydney Theatre Company posts strong results despite tumultuous 2016

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Sydney Theatre Company had a difficult year in 2016, with the sudden and unexpected departure of the company’s artistic director, Jonathan Church, after just a few months in the job. But the country’s largest theatre company posted strong financial results and attracted one of its biggest audiences ever in 2016, the company’s last season programmed by former

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? review (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney)

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The world might’ve lost the great Edward Albee late last year, but his 1962 masterwork Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is still an essential piece of theatre, speaking to audiences with surprising urgency. Warring couple George and Martha and their two young, green guests, are very much creatures of 1960s America in terms of their manner, their speech

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