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Aida opera review (Sydney Opera House)

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Opera, Reviews, Stage |
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Blood-red clouds swirl apocalyptically overhead. A black panther with piercing green eyes stands warily close by. A gold-plated serpent is charmed to coil around the crowd and bare its fangs. Or is it all a dazzling mirage? No surprise in an opera set in the deserts of ancient Egypt, especially one as tricked out as

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Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto (Sydney Opera House)

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Opera, Reviews, Stage |

There is, as we’ve come to expect in the globalised market of principal opera talent, some world-class voices quaking the tiles of the Sydney Opera House this winter. Starry seasons of two mid-19th century Italian works, Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto don’t excavate anything opera lovers didn’t know about these works, or indeed these well-worn adaptations of contrasting

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Ant-Man and the Wasp film review: tiny ideas in second film starring Marvel’s miniature hero

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Film, Reviews, Screen |
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The first appearance of the miniature superhero Ant-Man was in a 1962 comic book called Tales to Astonish, published five years after The Incredible Shrinking Man arrived in cinemas. This classic midnight movie is famous for scenes featuring the titular protagonist battling a spider with a pin raided from a sewing kit, and navigating comparatively huge household

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Gloria theatre review (Sumner Theatre, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

There’s a burst of baroque music as US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria kicks off: Handel, maybe? Whatever. It hints at the contrapuntal complexity of what’s to come. Set in a publishing house (the play’s Pulitzer Prize winning author worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker for three years) just before the internet rendered literacy redundant, Gloria gives

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Australian Ballet Verve review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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While ballet often puts females up front and centre stage, choreography in Australia (and more broadly for that matter) has mostly been a male domain. But the Australian Ballet’s Alice Topp appears to be one of the women breaking that mould. Her first full-act work Aurum (pictured above) received rapturous applause at its world premiere in Melbourne

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Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas review (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

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Reviews, Stage |
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This captivating song cycle, from Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby, begins with a children’s book given to a boy by his grandmother. It is called An Island in Time and it is the factual story of geological land formation from volcanic upheaval through, by natural selection, to the establishment of flora and fauna, habitat and ecological

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Patti Lupone review (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

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Reviews, Stage |
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One of the many things to like about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is that, not only is its program filled with new and intriguing performers, it is also a showcase for capital ‘‘S” Stars. There have been many over its 17 year history, including such Broadway luminaries as Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Mandy Patinkin, Stephen

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