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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Opera, Reviews, Stage |
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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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Opera, Reviews, Stage |
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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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Yesterday film review: Life without The Beatles

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Film, Reviews, Screen |

Richard Curtis can no doubt add Yesterday to his impressive list of screenplays that have touched a huge nerve with audiences. No matter how irritating some might find the saccharine sentimentality of Love, Actually or the upper-class indulgences in Four Weddings and a Funeral, the movies are watched over and over, year in, year out. In Yesterday, (co-credited

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You should’ve been there: Glastonbury 2019

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Live, Music, Reviews |

Daily Review music writer Jacob Robinson and photographer Alison Martyn were there last weekend There is no more famous or important festival in music than Glastonbury. The festival is not only the biggest in the world, it is also the most storied. Casting an eye across the festival’s history is to gaze on the history of contemporary

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A Little Night Music review (Playhouse, Melbourne)

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A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 bodice-ripping musical, has become a favourite of opera companies over the years. And with good reason. It’s not that classically trained voices are necessarily required. Though when they are employed, as here in Victorian Opera’s elegant treatment at the Arts Centre, it makes for a luxuriously lush soundscape.

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