Single Asian Female review (Arts Centre Melbourne)

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When Michelle Law’s semi-autobiographical play Single Asian Female debuted in 2017, it was celebrated as a potential game-changer, remarkable in that its three main female characters were all Chinese-Australian. It was an acknowledgement of the fact that seeing yourself reflected on film, on TV, on stage, isn’t just some vanity exercise. It’s powerful, it’s validation,

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The Last Five Years theatre review (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney)

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Ninety minutes. Forteen numbers. Two actors. One love story. Sounds easy enough, right? The Last Five Years, like successful relationships, is harder than it looks. Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 song cycle of love won and lost is a precocious early-career project fiendishly difficult to perform (and revered by musical theatre heads as a result). The

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Postcard from Adelaide Festival: text-based theatre reviews

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Humphrey Bower reviews intimate, text-based theatre from the Adelaide Festival  (February 28-March 15, 2019): Bertrand Lesca/Nasi Voutsas’ Palmyra Brian Lipson/Gideon Obarzanek’s, Two Jews Walk into a Theatre Traverse Theatre Company’s, Ulster America Teatro Nacional D. Maria II,’s By Heart Bagryana Popov/La Mama’s Uncle Vanya * As mentioned in my previous Postcard from Adelaide, the social and political themes of masculinity, racism,

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Sam Strong to leave Queensland Theatre

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In a surprise announcement, Queensland Theatre (QT) artistic director Sam Strong is returning home to Melbourne after just over three years at the helm of the Brisbane company. In a statement Strong said: ““I’m not going on to another company. Leadership for me at this point in my life means being more available to my family. I’m committed to

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Vallejo Gantner to head Onassis Foundation

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Melbourne producer and former artistic associate of the Melbourne Festival, Vallejo Gantner, has been been appointed artistic and executive director of the Onassis Foundation USA based in New York. From 2005 to 2017 Gantner was artistic director of the experimental Performance Space 122 (now Performance Space New York). He was previously artistic director of the Dublin Fringe

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