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The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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The life of Joseph Merrick is a famous and well documented one. The late 19th Century medical phenomenon was a nervous, isolated man who lived with severe and continually developing deformities. He died of a dislocated neck as a result of his conditions. The best known theatrical adaptation of Merrick’s story was the 1979 Tony Award-winning

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You Are Not Alone theatre review (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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Where is the comedy in seeing a grown man dressed in shamefully inadequate female drag meeting a Craigslist hookup and refusing to acknowledge his failures, seated as he is at a depressing airport bar? Why is it compelling to believe the same adult masturbated onto double-packaged rockmelons at a supermarket? Why is it so terribly

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The Rapture theatre review (Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne)

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There in only one true ‘creator’ in the program for The Rapture. There are five performers involved in the production and countless other artists and contributors credited, only one of them will speak to us on stage. When she does, she informs us with no lack of certainty – that the ‘creator’ is she. Moira Finucane’s gothic appropriation of a

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Wrecking Ball theatre review (Arts House, North Melbourne)

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If you want a clearly lit portal into Wrecking Ball, the newest play by cult UK contemporary performance collaborators Action Hero, (Frontman, Hoke’s Bluff), it’s that it is every bit the lucid nightmare of its titular reference: the Miley Cyrus hit: Wrecking Ball. And then things, as they say, get illuminated, and a thousand tiny

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Hoke’s Bluff theatre review (Arts House, North Melbourne)

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Nationwide the football season is well underway, and hideous office water-cooler conversations more often than not beginning with the phrase ‘who’s your team?’ are happening most weekdays as pretty much everyone in Australia desperately tries to ignore anything of consequence. Or as a Facebook friend recently posted on their wall: “Sometimes bravery is more than a colossal

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