Best theatre of 2018: Jason Whittaker’s Sydney picks

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From opera to musical theatre and drama classic and contemporary, I’m genre agnostic when it comes to picking the best theatrical experiences of 2018. The standout Sydney stage shows spoke to the moment in distinctive ways, from #metoo to race relations, mental health, environmentalism … and the pitfalls of bricking yourself into a pyramid. In

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Aspects of Love review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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“Love,” so the song pile-driven deep into your brain goes, “will never let you be the same.” Which goes for the show, too. You can’t unsee Aspects Of Love, the sweepingly silly Andrew Lloyd Webber musical extravagantly revived at the Hayes Theatre. You certainly can’t unhear Love Changes Everything, its saccharine strains injected into every

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Candide review (Sydney Opera House)

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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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Torch Song Trilogy (Eternity Playhouse, Sydney)

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Finger clicks to Sydney’s newest jazz club, the Eternity Playhouse, which is gently swaying to some very smooth sounds. The American songbook – Gershwin, Porter, Holliday and the like – is in the capable hands of top-rate crooners channelling love and loss in the smoky, dimly lit confines. Which would be a great night out

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Helpmann Awards: Beautiful and Muriel’s Wedding musicals and Bennelong the big winners

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The musical import Beautiful edged out the home grown musical Muriel’s Wedding The Musical at the annual Helpmann Awards held in Sydney on Monday and (in a new award system) Sunday nights. Beautiful won six awards in the musicals category over both nights to Muriel’s’ five. At last night’s awards at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney for the ‘big’ awards, Beautiful won best

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