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Candide review (Sydney Opera House)

Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

They’ve been rewriting this now applauded Leonard Bernstein musical ever since he created it back in the 1950s.   Famed leftist playwright Lillian Hellman wrote the first text, while under the shadow of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but a long parade of writers and especially lyricists have played their bit.    Actually Voltaire wrote

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Ladies in Black film review

Film, Reviews, Screen |

Bruce Beresford has a repertoire of films that stretch from broad and iconic comedies (The Adventures of Barry McKenzie) to brilliant and nuanced relationship studies (Tender Mercies and the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy among them). Despite his extraordinary track-record, it has taken him 25 years to pull together the financing to adapt Australian writer-expat, Madeleine

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Spartacus dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |

It’s unusual to spend an evening at the ballet and think of Trump, Kim Jong-un, the #metoo movement, modern slavery, and…the rippling torso of actor Chris Hemsworth.  But The Australian Ballet’s shiny new Spartacus, choreographed by Lucas Jervies, and set to a dramatic score by Aram Khachaturian, draws on the well-told story of the heroic

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Mark Lanegan Band Live (Factory Theatre, Sydney)

Live, Music, Reviews |

The late food writer and raconteur Anthony Bourdain featured Mark Lanegan in an episode of his program Parts Unknown shot in Lanegan’s native Seattle last year. Bourdain, who famously took rock n roll seriously, was a great fan of Lanegan. His voiceover began,“Mark Lanegan is to my mind one of the greatest living singer songwriters making music

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