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Dickinson’s Room review (Buckingham Arms Hotel, Adelaide Fringe Festival)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Set away from main Fringe venues at the Fringe Lodge (aka The Buckingham Arms), Dickinson’s Room is a site-specific work adapted from the poems and prose of Emily Dickinson. Bad Neighbour Theatre co-founder Charlotte Day and actor Miranda McCauley (playing Emily) have brought Dickinson’s Room to Adelaide from New York, via Edinburgh Fringe. Three small,

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The Riot review: ABC TV’s Gay Mardi Gras drama

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Reviews, Screen, TV |
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As we stumble through our daily lives forced to partake in that, at times, insufferable activity known as ‘conversation’, we are all doomed to experience what the French call l’esprit d’escalier. In English, this is known as ‘stairway wit’ or ‘the stairway syndrome,’ referring to how the perfect riposte arrives in one’s mind too late –

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The National music review (Sydney Opera House)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

American band, The National, returned to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt last night (February 21) after playing there on their last visit to Australia in 2014. They’re here supporting their 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast, which won them a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in January. Time will tell whether Sleep Well Beast resonates as well with

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Perth Festival reviews: Barbershop Chronicles, Il n’est pas encore minuit, Hand Stories, Katrina Ballads, Farewell to Paper, To A Simple Rock’n’Roll…Song

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A festival is at once a communal act of celebration and of commemoration. The Dionysiad was a celebration of the God’s gifts and a commemoration of his dismemberment and rebirth; the Last Supper was a celebration of the Passover and an anticipation of Christ’s imminent sacrifice; and every Feast Day is held in honour of

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The Children theatre review (Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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Australia is the second biggest uranium exporter on the planet, and it was Australian uranium that fuelled the Fukushima disaster, so one gets an awful feeling of responsibility during Lucy Kirkwood’s post-apocalyptic, barely-fantasy The Children, now playing in a Melbourne Theatre Company production. Regardless of the local relevance the Australian premiere of this British play –

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Single Asian Female theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Single Asian Female is a stylish theatrical soapie, tracing the lives of three Chinese women from one family as they negotiate the pitfalls of ethnic (dis)identification, sexuality and racial discrimination in a predominantly white, Australian patriarchal society. The head of the Wong family is Pearl, who moved from Hong Kong to Australia 30 years ago.

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Mamma Mia! (Capitol Theatre, Sydney): as seamless as an IKEA flat-pack

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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ABBA are too often dismissed as those comely Nordic popstars who defined Eurovision camp while singing of heterosexual love and heartache. To do so forgets the group’s music has only been outsold by those other four megastars of pop, The Beatles. And ABBA arguably left an even greater imprint on pop. Madonna, Kylie, Taylor – ABBA is

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