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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The Harp in the South theatre review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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One family, three decades. Two weddings, four funerals (an alternative title, perhaps, wisely scuppered). At least that’s my count. After a day of immersion in multi-generational family melodrama, one can lose track of the numbers. And all the numbers here are dauntingly large. Two plays, adapted from three novels. A little over six hours in

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The Turk in Italy (Sydney Opera House)

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And now, a change of pace. After three brooding operas this cold Sydney winter – a staid Lucia Di Lammermoor, a sombre Rigoletto and a dazzlingly dark Aida – levity arrives in the form of one of Gioachino Rossini’s least remembered operas. The Turk In Italy is little performed for some good reasons. But this

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Torch Song Trilogy (Eternity Playhouse, Sydney)

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Finger clicks to Sydney’s newest jazz club, the Eternity Playhouse, which is gently swaying to some very smooth sounds. The American songbook – Gershwin, Porter, Holliday and the like – is in the capable hands of top-rate crooners channelling love and loss in the smoky, dimly lit confines. Which would be a great night out

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Aida opera review (Sydney Opera House)

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Blood-red clouds swirl apocalyptically overhead. A black panther with piercing green eyes stands warily close by. A gold-plated serpent is charmed to coil around the crowd and bare its fangs. Or is it all a dazzling mirage? No surprise in an opera set in the deserts of ancient Egypt, especially one as tricked out as

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Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto (Sydney Opera House)

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There is, as we’ve come to expect in the globalised market of principal opera talent, some world-class voices quaking the tiles of the Sydney Opera House this winter. Starry seasons of two mid-19th century Italian works, Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto don’t excavate anything opera lovers didn’t know about these works, or indeed these well-worn adaptations of contrasting

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The Hypochondriac (Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney)

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The hangover from seeing a really great piece of theatre, a work of the moment that speaks to the moment, can be particularly cruel. Saint Joan, at the Sydney Theatre Company, captured so powerfully the isolation and subjection of women. The Hypochondriac, which opened at the Darlinghurst Theatre on Wednesday, is a portrait of an

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