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Society cabaret review (Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne)

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The Melba Spiegeltent is a fitting venue for After Dark Theatre’s Society. It’s nestled in the old car park of what is now Circus Oz’s HQ in the depths of old Collingwood. It’s just a building away from the grind and noise of the Tote Hotel and the echoes of Collingwood Tech’s courses in boot making still hang in the air. Society is an “adults

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On Dorothy Hewett: Extract from Rozanna Lilley’s Do Oysters Get Bored

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Books, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Below is an extract from Daily Review contributor Rozanna Lilley’s new book Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life (UWA Publishing, 2018) which, among other things, is about raising her son with autism and her relationship with her father, the poet Merv Lilley. In this chapter, Rozanna Lilley recalls her mother, the late, great playwright Dorothy Hewett and her enduring presence. ***

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Bliss theatre review (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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Harry Joy, the owner of an advertising agency, is a big fish in a small provincial city, somewhere (let’s call it Brisbane) on the east coast of Australian sometime close to 1981. Death’s a wake-up call for Harry. Second-rate and seedy, he experiences visions in his nine minutes of non-being: ’worlds of pleasure and worlds

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The Sugar House theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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The Sugar House is about gentrification. Of suburbs, and particularly of families. Alana Valentine’s cross-generational epic is close to the heart of this theatre. It’s set in harbourside Pyrmont, which could just as well be on the other side of the city in Surry Hills, where Belvoir’s de-industrialised suburban home sits, or any inner-city suburb

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Looking for the perfect Don Quixote and getting close to it at Opera Australia

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Theatre director Fiona Blair sees a production of the operatic version of Don Quixote by Jules Massenet and finds herself rewarded for all the other renderings of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel she’s forced herself (and others) to endure over the years.  *** I’ve got some form on Don Quixote. I’ve had a tilt. I’ve tried to compress the

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Antony and Cleopatra theatre review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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When Mark Anthony ignores his duties as one of the Octavius-Lepidus-Antony triumvirate that rules Rome, tempers flare. But the Egyptian Queen and her kingdom prove difficult to resist.  In 2011, just prior to John Bell’s accession, Peter Evans directed a tight little production of Julius Caesar for the company. It was terrific. A little bit raw, sure,

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Right Now theatre review (Red Stitch, Melbourne)

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SPOILERS AHEAD! Either something bad has happened or is going to happen in Right Now – a clumsily told absurdist farce-cum-psychological thriller by French-Canadian Catherine-Anne Toupin – about a young mother suffering either a breakdown, overbearing neighbours, or a mixture of both. Alice (Christina O’Neill) and Ben (Dushan Philips) have been living in an apartment for six

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Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story theatre review (Sydney Theatre Company)

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Still Point Turning, which premiered at Wharf 1 Theatre on April 26, is a theatrical biopic charting the distinguished career and tumultuous inner life of Catherine McGregor, arguably Australia’s most famous transgender woman. The play opens in a hospital room. McGregor reads from her chart – ‘radical amputation of the penis’ and, with a bleak

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Sam Campbell’s The Trough wins top Comedy Festival award

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Comedy, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The 21st Annual Comedy Festival Awards were held in Melbourne last night with the 2018 Barry Award Winner for the Most Outstanding Festival Show going to Sam Campbell (pictured above) for his show The Trough. Campbell has previously won the  2016 Director’s Choice Award and was also the nominee for the 2015 Best Newcomer Award. He also appeared in Anne

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