Come From Away musical review (Comedy Theatre, Melbourne)

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It’s undoubtedly a remarkable story. In the immediate wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the entire United States airspace was shut down. Almost 7,000 passengers on 38 planes were diverted to the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. Locals spent the following week hosting the “come from aways” and something of an impromptu

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The Torrents theatre review (Sydney Opera House)

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The Torrents is not, in fact, a play about the battle faced by content creators against illegal downloaders. Stand down, tech-heads. It is, though, a play that speaks forcibly to the current moment. Unabashedly, somewhat gracelessly, so, if through a prism of a particular slice of 19th century pioneer Australiana. Its star is obvious from

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Shakespeare in Love theatre review (Playhouse, Melbourne)

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Towards the end of Shakespeare in Love, Melbourne Theatre Company’s major 2019 production, the play returns to an image of Shakespeare sitting and writing at his desk, illuminated by candlelight. The moment jolts: for much of its running time, this is a portrait of writing that’s social and highly energetic. It’s also a portrait of

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Whiteley opera review (Sydney Opera House)

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A particularly Antipodean colloquialism for masturbation is sung in full operatic voice in the Joan Sutherland Theatre mere moments into the world premiere of Whiteley. Behind the performers, the Hills Hoist is familiarly rendered (digitally) into the appropriately painterly backdrop. An Esky makes a welcome appearance in scene two. Yes, this is gloriously, garishly all-Aussie

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Once theatre review (Eternity Playhouse, Sydney)

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What’s left to say about a sold-out run of a cherished musical in a production already heaped with praise? Well, you’ll get no argument from me. Once is, unlike its characters to each other, easy to love. And this all-new production from Darlinghurst Theatre, a Sydney premiere, is a faithful and heartfelt adaptation. After seeing

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Anna Bolena opera review (Sydney Opera House)

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The jumbotrons are back. After Opera Australia gave Aida a digital makeover last year, with dazzling impact, the dance of the giant tellys returns to the Joan Sutherland Theatre to illuminate another bel canto work. The result is not as easy a fit. But thoughtful directorial moments and thrilling singing elevate a dusty piece of

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