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The Hypochondriac (Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney)

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The hangover from seeing a really great piece of theatre, a work of the moment that speaks to the moment, can be particularly cruel. Saint Joan, at the Sydney Theatre Company, captured so powerfully the isolation and subjection of women. The Hypochondriac, which opened at the Darlinghurst Theatre on Wednesday, is a portrait of an

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Civilisation beaten in a brawl between left and right

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With friends like the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who needs enemies? The proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has died in the trench warfare between the post-modern left and the new right. According to The Australian this week, the ANU’s incoming history department head, Professor Frank

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Costuming James Joyce’s Ulysses, one literary period at a time

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In June, Melbourne celebrates its 25th ‘Bloomsday In Melbourne’ festival, the annual literary event commemorating James Joyce’s famous novel Ulysses. The festival includes a stage production of Holy Cow! James Joyce Slaughters the Sacred Cows of English Literature, directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The festival’s director Frances Devlin-Glass looks at how its costumier, Rhiannon Irving,

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The Royal Wedding: Suits actress brings audacity, conviction, compassion and relevance to the Crown

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When Bishop Michael Curry, the African American head of the American Episcopal Church, went off script at the wedding of Meghan and Harry and launched into a riveting and chaotic monologue about love, he turned a Royal Wedding into the greatest theatrical moment on live TV so far this century. All those lefty republicans who studiously

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La Mama: How not just to survive, but thrive after a theatre fire

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“La Mama theatre is a Melbourne masterpiece, a critically important part of our theatre history and living performance ecology,” writes Carrillo Gantner of the tiny Carlton theatre founded 51 years ago by Betty Burstall.  La Mama, arguably the birthplace of contemporary Australian theatre, was destroyed by fire as a result of an electrical fault early on Saturday morning. Gantner,

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Blackie Blackie Brown theatre review (Wharf 2, Sydney)

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Performer Ash Flanders kicks off Blackie Blackie Brown in a hilariously high camp mode with his portrayal of a pink jacketed, chino short-wearing theatre luvvie home from a show, waxing sentimentally on the phone to his friend about Indigenous theatre that is “powerful, so powerful” (all those “orange lights”!). As the lights in his own apartment fail and

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