Thinking about Britney Spears’ 2007 meltdown with the writer and director of new play Truly Madly Britney

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Music, Recorded, Stage, Theatre |

“It’s Britney, bitch.” These three words, uttered by Britney Spears at the start of Gimme More, have since entered the pop cultural lexicon, an enduring cri de coeur against a media-driven obsession with destroying our idols. Released at the height of her 2007 meltdown – labelled by Rolling Stone as the “most public downfall of

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Midsumma Review: The Legend of Queen Kong

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Festivals, Reviews, Stage |
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This show crashes into Melbourne for Midsumma, flung from space via the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The self-described space-fiction confidently incorporates diverse musical genres, large projections and Auslan to create an energised vision of queer and accessible futures. Calling itself a “modern mythology, a queer tale, an abstract adventure,” Queen Kong’s commitment to colliding space and time is

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Best theatre of 2018: Jason Whittaker’s Sydney picks

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

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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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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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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Lamb theatre review (Red Stitch, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

At the wake after his mother Mary’s death, Patrick sings. It’s dawn. The day after I travelled down (up? over?) to Melbourne to see Jane Bodie’s play Lamb. I’m tucked away in the attic by a window that looks out over my neighbour’s paddock. The sheep are huddled together against the rain. There’s a lot to

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