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Horror review (Sydney Opera House)

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I see dead people. This time in the flesh, live on stage. The real trick of Horror, a theatrical homage to silver screen scares, is that there aren’t really any tricks at all. At least of the Hollywood kind. Everything you see is real, thanks to some elastic humans and eye-popping stagecraft. It comes from

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Calamity Jane theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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What more to say about Calamity Jane, the darn-tootin’ musical hit that rode into Belvoir St Theatre last week after its much-loved (and previously reviewed) Hayes Theatre run last year? The same all-singing, all-dancing, all-winking production that restores a beloved film into multi-dimensional technicolour. Corralled quite brilliantly by Richard Carroll, with terrific choreography by Cameron Mitchell.

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The Harp in the South theatre review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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One family, three decades. Two weddings, four funerals (an alternative title, perhaps, wisely scuppered). At least that’s my count. After a day of immersion in multi-generational family melodrama, one can lose track of the numbers. And all the numbers here are dauntingly large. Two plays, adapted from three novels. A little over six hours in

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Queensland Theatre’s year of inclusion; (Opera Australia, not so much)

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The launch season has begun this month for the country’s performing arts companies as they reveal their 2019 programs. The first theatre company out of the gate is Queensland Theatre in Brisbane, helmed by artistic director Sam Strong, formerly an associate AD at Melbourne Theatre Company. His 2019 season (marking the company’s 49th year) raises the bar for

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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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Geoffrey Rush pulls out of MTC’s upcoming Twelfth Night

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Geoffrey Rush, currently pursuing a defamation action against News Limited’s The Daily Telegraph for its reporting of a complaint of alleged “inappropriate behaviour” by a fellow cast member during a Sydney Theatre Company show in 2015, has withdrawn from Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night due to open on November 12. In a statement (reproduced below), Rush said the reason was due to medical

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Gloria theatre review (Sumner Theatre, Melbourne)

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There’s a burst of baroque music as US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria kicks off: Handel, maybe? Whatever. It hints at the contrapuntal complexity of what’s to come. Set in a publishing house (the play’s Pulitzer Prize winning author worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker for three years) just before the internet rendered literacy redundant, Gloria gives

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