Postcard from Adelaide Festival: text-based theatre reviews

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Humphrey Bower reviews intimate, text-based theatre from the Adelaide Festival  (February 28-March 15, 2019): Bertrand Lesca/Nasi Voutsas’ Palmyra Brian Lipson/Gideon Obarzanek’s, Two Jews Walk into a Theatre Traverse Theatre Company’s, Ulster America Teatro Nacional D. Maria II,’s By Heart Bagryana Popov/La Mama’s Uncle Vanya * As mentioned in my previous Postcard from Adelaide, the social and political themes of masculinity, racism,

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Shazam! review: a heartfelt superhero film that resonates

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There are plenty of moments of joy still to be found wedged inside many of the precision-engineered blockbusters rolling off the contemporary Hollywood production line. The microscopic fight inside a free-falling handbag in 2015’s Ant-Man, say, or the moment in 2017’s Spiderman Homecoming when both superhero and high school plot lines converge – on prom

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Lazy Susan review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Lazy Susan is the name of an English sketch comedy duo on their first trip to Melbourne. They’re bright, bubbly and hooked into the current mood with many references to male privilege and sexism – but handled with tongue firmly in cheek. The pair look deceptively like kids playing at home but this delightful look of amateurishness belies its planning and

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Tanya Losanno review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Comedy, Festivals, Reviews |
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With The Good, The Bad and The Elderly, 2019 Moosehead Award-winning comedian Tanya Losanno explores life in the ‘sandwich generation’ – thirty and fortysomething-year-olds responsible for taking care of ageing parents and their own children. The show begins with Losanno describing her love for the music of Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Morricone is well known for scoring

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Mark Watson review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Seeing shows early in the MICF means many are still being worked on and tweaked. At his second show last week, Mark Watson mused about what did and didn’t work in his act the night before. He felt it was a shambolic; stuff that was working tonight barely drew a murmur last night. There are doubtless books on audience psychology and Watson uses

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Fern Brady (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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On her second trip to Melbourne, the near impenetrably accented Scot Fern Brady is mad and woke and not about to sit back and let things slide. A former stripper and teenage Goth she is angry – about the patriarchy, Brexit and the attitude that people have that bisexuality isn’t really a thing. Brady’s observational

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Woman at War film review

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Woman at War is a delightful and whimsical Icelandic movie with a plot that is more serious than expected from its billing as a “comedy/thriller/drama”. Halla is the eponymous ‘Mountain Woman’ who is an activist fighting a power company who are trying to finalise a mysterious deal with Chinese investors. In between sabotaging power lines and skilfully evading capture from the local

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