The Trouble with Harry review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

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The story of Harry Crawford, a transgender man who was found guilty of murdering his wife Annie Birkett, is one of Sydney’s more extraordinary and mysterious tales. Much is known about the murder trial, given the intense media scrutiny applied to the case involving the “man-woman”, as he was called. But little is known for certain

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The Judas Kiss review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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English playwright David Hare picked a losing battle when he decided to dramatise a period of great scandal and shame in Oscar Wilde’s life. Hare’s 1998 play The Judas Kiss premiered to generally negative reviews in London with Liam Neeson playing Wilde, and returned in 2013 with a much better-received production directed by Australian Neil Armfield and starring Rupert

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Trainspotting Live (Adelaide Fringe Festival)

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From the moment you enter the Trainspotting performance space, which feels like a cross between an underground tube station and a urinal, you are transported back 20 years to the grungy club scene of the 1990s. It is just over 20 years since Irvine Welsh’s novel, Trainspotting, and Danny Boyle’s film adaptation became cult commentaries

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The Flick (QPAC, Brisbane)

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What’s the meaning of life? A question that has puzzled the world for ever, since the human race started philosophising thousands of years ago. Maybe that’s why religions were invented, but we’re still no closer to solving it, and the existential answer seems to be Nothing. And yet we want an answer, and so we

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The Red Detachment Of Women (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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In legendary funny-man Mel Brooks’s film The Producers, a pair of hapless con artists looking to put on a flop, stage a new musical – Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp With Eva and Adolf at Berchtesgaden. It’s a show they believe so tasteless, offensive and ideologically repulsive, that audiences will be sent running. Much

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Daily Review’s comedy six: DeAnne Smith

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It’s been two years since Canadian/American comedian DeAnne Smith has performed in Australia, but she’s set to return with her new show Post-Joke Era. DeAnne has previously been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and has performed all around the world. So we thought it only appropriate to find out how

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Should reviews not be political? New York theatre’s latest scandal

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I first skimmed Laura Collins-Hughes’s New York Times review of a new production of the 1985 musical Big River five days ago, not thinking for a second that it would generate any degree of controversy. The review is largely positive, with plenty of praise for the performances, but Collins-Hughes asks some very gentle questions about the timing of the show,

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Daily Review’s comedy six: Becky Lucas

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Writer and comedian Becky Lucas is the next stand-up to answer Daily Review’s comedy six, in the lead-up to her new show Little Bitch. As one of the rising stars of Australian comedy, Becky has opened for big names such as Wil Anderson, Joel Creasey and Jim Norton. Little Bitch marks her third solo show. Becky has also written for

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