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Gloria theatre review (Sumner Theatre, Melbourne)

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There’s a burst of baroque music as US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria kicks off: Handel, maybe? Whatever. It hints at the contrapuntal complexity of what’s to come. Set in a publishing house (the play’s Pulitzer Prize winning author worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker for three years) just before the internet rendered literacy redundant, Gloria gives

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Bliss theatre review (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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Harry Joy, the owner of an advertising agency, is a big fish in a small provincial city, somewhere (let’s call it Brisbane) on the east coast of Australian sometime close to 1981. Death’s a wake-up call for Harry. Second-rate and seedy, he experiences visions in his nine minutes of non-being: ’worlds of pleasure and worlds

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Looking for the perfect Don Quixote and getting close to it at Opera Australia

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Theatre director Fiona Blair sees a production of the operatic version of Don Quixote by Jules Massenet and finds herself rewarded for all the other renderings of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel she’s forced herself (and others) to endure over the years.  *** I’ve got some form on Don Quixote. I’ve had a tilt. I’ve tried to compress the

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Antony and Cleopatra theatre review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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When Mark Anthony ignores his duties as one of the Octavius-Lepidus-Antony triumvirate that rules Rome, tempers flare. But the Egyptian Queen and her kingdom prove difficult to resist.  In 2011, just prior to John Bell’s accession, Peter Evans directed a tight little production of Julius Caesar for the company. It was terrific. A little bit raw, sure,

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