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Gypsy theatre review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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Why revive a decades-old piece of musical theatre in 2018? It’s a question I, a sucker for a show tune, think about a lot. It’s a question some producers don’t ask enough. I’ve narrowed it down to two good reasons. Three if you count profit, obviously, but let’s put that ugliness aside. Four based on

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Blackie Blackie Brown theatre review (Wharf 2, Sydney)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Performer Ash Flanders kicks off Blackie Blackie Brown in a hilariously high camp mode with his portrayal of a pink jacketed, chino short-wearing theatre luvvie home from a show, waxing sentimentally on the phone to his friend about Indigenous theatre that is “powerful, so powerful” (all those “orange lights”!). As the lights in his own apartment fail and

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Ab (Intra) dance review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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After a decade running the Sydney Dance Company, Rafael Bonachela’s new full-length work finally proves how much more he is than a master showman and frenzied crowd controller. ab [Intra] – Latin apparently for from within – began with his 15 dancers in the studio scribbling their thoughts, feelings and ideas on yellow Post-it notes.

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Loveless movie review: a sad, elegant jewel of a film

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Film, Reviews, Screen |
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A Russian couple are deep in the horror of divorce when their son goes missing from their apartment. This is virtually the entire plot of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar-nominated film – its simplicity defying the intricacies of suspense which I would guess make this the most brutally suspenseful and beautiful film of the year. Behind a bathroom

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Society cabaret review (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

The Melba Spiegeltent is a fitting venue for After Dark Theatre’s Society. It’s nestled in the old car park of what is now Circus Oz’s HQ in the depths of old Collingwood. It’s just a building away from the grind and noise of the Tote Hotel and the echoes of Collingwood Tech’s courses in boot making still hang in the air. Society is an “adults

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Bliss theatre review (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Harry Joy, the owner of an advertising agency, is a big fish in a small provincial city, somewhere (let’s call it Brisbane) on the east coast of Australian sometime close to 1981. Death’s a wake-up call for Harry. Second-rate and seedy, he experiences visions in his nine minutes of non-being: ’worlds of pleasure and worlds

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The Sugar House theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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The Sugar House is about gentrification. Of suburbs, and particularly of families. Alana Valentine’s cross-generational epic is close to the heart of this theatre. It’s set in harbourside Pyrmont, which could just as well be on the other side of the city in Surry Hills, where Belvoir’s de-industrialised suburban home sits, or any inner-city suburb

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Tully film review: Charlize Theron impresses in a monstrously shot and contrived drama

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Film, Reviews, Screen |
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Charlize Theron plays a sleep-deprived, overworked and under-loved mother of three young children in Tully, whose spirit is rejuvenated when a ‘night nanny’ provides a panacea for her woes. Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (their third collaboration, following Juno and Young Adult) revisit Mary Poppins by way of bleary-eyed Middle America, substituting the

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