Born Yesterday (MTC Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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Did Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Brett Sheehy foresee something no-one else saw coming six months ago when he programmed Garson Kanin’s 1946 play Born Yesterday to open the night before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President? The play might be best known for the George Cukor’s 1950 film version with its unforgettable performance by Judy Holliday

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The Encounter review (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival)

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Normally it would be considered impolite to close your eyes for too long at the theatre, but in Complicite’s one-man show The Encounter it could well be a sign that the audience is swept up in the narrative. Once the audience members are seated, they’re invited to don the headphones provided, and experience a range of three-dimensional sounds

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The Testament of Mary review (Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Director Imara Savage’s production of Colm Toibin’s monologue The Testament of Mary starts with a wonderfully theatrical moment; the kind which you don’t really want the details of spoiled in this review. It’s enough to say that it’s a transformative moment, in which the Virgin Mary changes from an image of the holy and the sublime into one

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That vicious New York review of STC’s The Present is not ‘right’

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Over the last few days a particularly vicious review of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present, currently playing on Broadway, has been doing the rounds on social media. Published in The New York Observer, it features a headline declaring: “The Present, Despite Cate Blanchett, Might Be the Worst Play to Ever Hit Broadway”. The play, a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s first work by

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SHIT review (Seymour Centre, Sydney Festival)

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Patricia Cornelius’s play SHIT follows three tough and ruthless women who have never been given any reason to believe they’re anything more than shit. Billy, Bobby and Sam grew up being passed from foster home to foster home, from abuser to abuser, and now they’ve got nothing but violence, and maybe each other. They’re the kind of women

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Book of Mormon director on his mega-hit in Melbourne & the Mean Girls musical

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When director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw finally joined the creative team for The Book of Mormon, the show had been in development for nearly seven years. South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with composer Robert Lopez, had written pretty much all they needed for a wonderful and outrageous satirical musical about The Church of Jesus Christ of

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Win a double pass to Ladies in Black in Melbourne

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Adapted from Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this acclaimed production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from legendary singer songwriter, Tim Finn OBE (Split Enz, Crowded House). The world premiere of Ladies in

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Which Way Home review (Belvoir, Sydney Festival)

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Katie Beckett’s first play, written as a tribute to her father, is a beautiful, intimate and often very funny semi-autobiographical road trip tale exploring the bond between an Indigenous father and daughter. Beckett plays Tash, a young woman with mild OCD who takes her father (Tony Briggs) in the car back to his country, in Goodooga, a small

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WATCH: Virginia Gay performs ‘Secret Love’ from Calamity Jane

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Last year, stage and screen star Virginia Gay played the title role in Calamity Jane for seven ‘Neglected Musicals‘ performances of the classic 1950s musical. These shows were a slapdash affair, performed with script in hand, but were extremely popular, selling out well in advance. Now Gay is returning to the role with a full-scale production at

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