Born Yesterday (MTC Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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Did Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Brett Sheehy foresee something no-one else saw coming six months ago when he programmed Garson Kanin’s 1946 play Born Yesterday to open the night before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President? The play might be best known for the George Cukor’s 1950 film version with its unforgettable performance by Judy Holliday

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The Encounter review (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival)

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Normally it would be considered impolite to close your eyes for too long at the theatre, but in Complicite’s one-man show The Encounter it could well be a sign that the audience is swept up in the narrative. Once the audience members are seated, they’re invited to don the headphones provided, and experience a range of three-dimensional sounds

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The Testament of Mary review (Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Director Imara Savage’s production of Colm Toibin’s monologue The Testament of Mary starts with a wonderfully theatrical moment; the kind which you don’t really want the details of spoiled in this review. It’s enough to say that it’s a transformative moment, in which the Virgin Mary changes from an image of the holy and the sublime into one

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That vicious New York review of STC’s The Present is not ‘right’

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Over the last few days a particularly vicious review of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present, currently playing on Broadway, has been doing the rounds on social media. Published in The New York Observer, it features a headline declaring: “The Present, Despite Cate Blanchett, Might Be the Worst Play to Ever Hit Broadway”. The play, a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s first work by

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SHIT review (Seymour Centre, Sydney Festival)

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Patricia Cornelius’s play SHIT follows three tough and ruthless women who have never been given any reason to believe they’re anything more than shit. Billy, Bobby and Sam grew up being passed from foster home to foster home, from abuser to abuser, and now they’ve got nothing but violence, and maybe each other. They’re the kind of women

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Which Way Home review (Belvoir, Sydney Festival)

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Katie Beckett’s first play, written as a tribute to her father, is a beautiful, intimate and often very funny semi-autobiographical road trip tale exploring the bond between an Indigenous father and daughter. Beckett plays Tash, a young woman with mild OCD who takes her father (Tony Briggs) in the car back to his country, in Goodooga, a small

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The Season review (Sydney Festival, Drama Theatre, Opera House)

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Nathan Maynard’s warm and thoughtful new play The Season rings with the truth of real life. Set on Big Dog Island in the Bass Strait, the action takes place during “the Season”, which sees the Duncan family gather from wherever they are in the world and harvest mutton-bird nests. It’s an annual ritual for the Indigenous people of

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Prize Fighter review (Sydney Festival, Belvoir)

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In the 65 thrilling minutes that make up Prize Fighter, Future D. Fidel manages to say more about our world and internal lives than many playwrights do in a lifetime. This debut play, which premiered at La Boite Theatre at Brisbane Festival in 2015, is drawn partly from Fidel’s own experiences as a refugee from Congo to Australia, and is

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Measure for Measure review (Sydney Festival, Roslyn Packer Theatre)

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This production of Measure for Measure — performed entirely in Russian for almost two intermission-less hours with Shakespeare’s English text flying by on surtitles at a sometimes incomprehensibly rapid pace — might seem like a daunting prospect. It’s not one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, so even though it comes from the revered and popular Cheek by Jowl theatre

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Blanchett & Roxburgh start Broadway performances of STC’s The Present

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The Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present has started performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s untitled first play had its first preview on Saturday night, ahead of its official opening on January 8, 2017, and the early response on social media has been uniformly strong. The play marks not

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