Single Asian Female review (Arts Centre Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

When Michelle Law’s semi-autobiographical play Single Asian Female debuted in 2017, it was celebrated as a potential game-changer, remarkable in that its three main female characters were all Chinese-Australian. It was an acknowledgement of the fact that seeing yourself reflected on film, on TV, on stage, isn’t just some vanity exercise. It’s powerful, it’s validation,

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Muriel’s Wedding the Musical review (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne)

Muriels Wedding
Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

Friendship’s the thing in Muriel’s Wedding. Friendship, and self respect. And credit card fraud… Though you know what they say: one girl’s fraud is another’s opportunity. How to explain our enduring affection for semi-delusional, slightly subversive, small-time criminal, Muriel Heslop? It’s misleading to use a word like ‘Loser’ to describe her, since it suggests she’s

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Dance Nation review (Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage |

While I may never have danced competitively, I have appeared resplendent in green satin tunic thing painstakingly stitched by my I-hate-sewing-mother (“you and your bloody ballet!”) and green and blue raffia arm things as a sea sprite: in the sort of seabed fantasy only inland Australia can contrive. We’re talking battement tendus and pas de

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Review: Arbus & West (Melbourne Theatre Company)

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News & Commentary |

“On her 71st birthday Mae West feasted on a rhinestone-studded vanilla layer birthday cake. Nourished by her own legend, she has outlasted every lover and initiated a nation of boys into manhood. She has been called a Queen Bee whose favors are unforgettable, some say she is the greatest female impersonator in the world. Others

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