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Melbourne Green Room awards dominated by My Fair Lady, Aladdin, King Roger, Split and Away

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The annual Green Room awards for performance were announced in Melbourne last night with mulitple awards going to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger and its Julie Andrews directed musical My Fair Lady co-produced with John Frost. The Disney musical Aladdin was also a multi winner. In a strong year for Malthouse, the play Away, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company, won

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Chase Paradise: Ho Life or No Life review ( Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Woo woo woo hoo! The screams and hoots from a very partisan audience are the loudest I’ve heard in a while at a smallish preview show. We’ve heard a very ’80s radio announcer voiceover blast through the speakers, telling us all about the “girls on show” and the “meggaaastrip” that’s coming, as Chase Paradise sashays

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David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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David O’Doherty, (pronounced O’Dorrity, not O’Doherrty or O’Docherty), is at his peak. He has been selling out the Upstairs Forum for several years now with his music/stand-up schtick and he’s, well, sorta cruisin’. His show, You Have to Laugh, is more a command than a sigh. He makes a point of being 42, making him yet another comedian

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Sami in Paradise theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Poor Sami. He’s lying in bed at the UNNHCR (sic) refugee camp, craving sausages and dreaming of learning the tuba. He wants to perform concerts and earn enough money to escape to Germany with his wife and mother-in-law. Miraculously the hapless Sami (Yalin Ozucelik) finds a tuba: the saucy madam in the tent next door

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Rose Callaghan: No Way Rose review (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Rose Callaghan’s third pun-titled show No Way Rose (following Rose before Hoes and Will you Take this Rose?) takes place in the bedroom sized Ladies’ Lounge at the Forum Theatre in Flinders Street. We are jammed in like sardines, but it provides a we’re-all-in-this-together atmosphere. This is stand-up at its most bare and intimate: a mic, wine glass

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Celia Pacquola: All Talk review (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Celia Pacquola’s rise to prominence on the small screen has been pretty consuming over the last two years or so, with Rosehaven and Utopia being major chunks of the ABC’s comedy line up. So that means the Comedy Theatre is pretty close to full of fans, maybe some coming to see, (as Pacquola says): “that nice girl from the

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Theatre Review (Sydney Theatre Company)

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Bertolt Brecht called The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui a ‘parable play’ or Parabelstück. It was written in 1941 when he was in exile from Germany. Ui allegorises Hitler’s rise to power, recasting him as a grasping 1930s Chicago gangster, wreaking bloody havoc on the cauliflower trade as he establishes a monopoly that segues into a political career.

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Flight Paths theatre review: a drama of big ideas (Riverside, Parramatta)

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Flight Paths, by Sydney playwright Julian Larnach, had its world premiere at the National Theatre of Parramatta on March 17. It is both original and ambitious. The play has a complex formal structure, with two interlocking stories, one set in Kenya and the other at Oxford University, and characters scattered, by birth and adoption, across

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Palestinian voices at Adelaide Festival: ‘Azza’ and ‘Taha’ theatre reviews

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Azza, written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, ShiberHur Theatre Company, Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre until March 18. 4.5 STARS The azza is the Palestinian mourning ceremony but, in the ShiberHur Theatre Company’s excellent production, it is very far from doleful. Invigorated by Amir Nizar Zuabi’s warm, well-judged text, azza is, as funeral organisers like to say, a

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