Best theatre of 2018: Jason Whittaker’s Sydney picks

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From opera to musical theatre and drama classic and contemporary, I’m genre agnostic when it comes to picking the best theatrical experiences of 2018. The standout Sydney stage shows spoke to the moment in distinctive ways, from #metoo to race relations, mental health, environmentalism … and the pitfalls of bricking yourself into a pyramid. In

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Aspects of Love review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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“Love,” so the song pile-driven deep into your brain goes, “will never let you be the same.” Which goes for the show, too. You can’t unsee Aspects Of Love, the sweepingly silly Andrew Lloyd Webber musical extravagantly revived at the Hayes Theatre. You certainly can’t unhear Love Changes Everything, its saccharine strains injected into every

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Ear to the Edge of Time theatre review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

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Sydney is currently presenting a study in feminist theatre in two parts. In two theatres. At Belvoir St, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People, from an all-female creative team, taps into the #MeToo movement through a contemporary rewrite and canny gender swap, turning the whistleblowing protagonist into a target of male

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An Enemy of the People (Belvoir, Sydney)

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To contemporise a great classic of the stage is one thing. To turn it into a state-of-the-current-nation play is quite another. Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People has always been about power, truth and morality. Which is why indolent directors have long reached for it on the shelf in times of heightened anxiety. But

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Horror review (Sydney Opera House)

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I see dead people. This time in the flesh, live on stage. The real trick of Horror, a theatrical homage to silver screen scares, is that there aren’t really any tricks at all. At least of the Hollywood kind. Everything you see is real, thanks to some elastic humans and eye-popping stagecraft. It comes from

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Calamity Jane theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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What more to say about Calamity Jane, the darn-tootin’ musical hit that rode into Belvoir St Theatre last week after its much-loved (and previously reviewed) Hayes Theatre run last year? The same all-singing, all-dancing, all-winking production that restores a beloved film into multi-dimensional technicolour. Corralled quite brilliantly by Richard Carroll, with terrific choreography by Cameron Mitchell.

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