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Single Asian Female theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Single Asian Female is a stylish theatrical soapie, tracing the lives of three Chinese women from one family as they negotiate the pitfalls of ethnic (dis)identification, sexuality and racial discrimination in a predominantly white, Australian patriarchal society. The head of the Wong family is Pearl, who moved from Hong Kong to Australia 30 years ago.

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Mamma Mia! (Capitol Theatre, Sydney): as seamless as an IKEA flat-pack

Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

ABBA are too often dismissed as those comely Nordic popstars who defined Eurovision camp while singing of heterosexual love and heartache. To do so forgets the group’s music has only been outsold by those other four megastars of pop, The Beatles. And ABBA arguably left an even greater imprint on pop. Madonna, Kylie, Taylor – ABBA is

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A big noise is coming to a theatre near you (whether musicians like it or not)

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

This year, Monash University in Melbourne’s east will re-open its Alexander Theatre in a new complex to be known as the Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre. Its $45 million upgrade includes a new digital sound system created by the US acousticians, Meyer Sound. Below, Duncan Webb, writing for our American editorial partner The Clyde Fitch Report, says that

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Perth Festival reviews: Siren Song, Beyond Time, Repatriate, Museum of Water, Attractor

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Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre, Visual Arts |

Actor, writer and regular Daily Review contributor, Humphrey Bower has been engaged by the Perth Festival as a “Festival Navigator“. He navigates its first week of performances below.  The opening ceremony Gnarnk-Ba Karla Waarnginy (‘Speaking Fires of our Mother’) took place at the west end of St George’s Terrace: hardly the most obviously scenic spot, despite

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Rare news: Australian politicians admit their love and respect of the arts

Music, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Visual Arts |

The arts and the political world exist largely in isolation from one another in Australia. Artists and politicians don’t tend to meet regularly, or respond to one another’s work, or rely on each other’s perspective, or call on one another’s advice. Why is that? Yes, both are incredibly busy and incredibly determined. Both can get

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The curious case of the incident of the rat in the dog in the night-time play

News & Commentary, Theatre |

The Melbourne Theatre Company and Arts Centre, Melbourne production of the National Theatre, London’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an unequivocal hit. Every seat for its nine shows a week has been sold in its six week season that has been extended until February 25. But the cost of importing the show and its full UK cast

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Four reviews from the Jerome Bel ‘festival’ in Paris: witty, provocative and deliberately boring

Festivals, Stage |

‘Portrait: Jérôme Bel’, Autumn Festival, Paris: ‘Disabled Theatre’, ‘Pichet Klunchun and Myself’, ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘Un Spectacle en moins’ The Autumn Festival in Paris runs from September through December each year, staging contemporary dance, theatre, music and exhibitions in venues across the city and surrounding suburbs in the Île de France. The most

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Win tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot musical in Melbourne


The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock musical, is currently playing in Perth before heading to Melbourne from February 23. Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Book and lyrics), American Idiot takes the musical in a new direction, capturing not just the sound of a generation, but also the

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