Cassie Tongue

is a theatre critic and writer living on unceded Gadigal land.

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Culture September 10, 2022

A Raisin in the Sun

It’s an indictment that it has taken more than 60 years to see A Raisin in the Sun – one of the great plays of the English-speaking canon – on the Australian stage.

Culture July 09, 2022

Top Coat

Michelle Law’s body-swap play, Top Coat, is a fun ride – but don’t look for any real profundities.

Culture June 25, 2022


A new Sydney production of Sarah Kane’s iconic play Cleansed reveals the love that persists beneath the world’s brutality.

Culture April 30, 2022

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Caryl Churchill’s radical dramatic language captures the complexities of moments rich with change.

Culture April 09, 2022

The Phantom of the Opera

Aided by the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour, this production of The Phantom of the Opera is easy to love.

Culture March 12, 2022

Opening Night

Carissa Licciardello’s adaptation of John Cassavetes’ Opening Night at Belvoir offers teasing glimpses of what might have been.

Culture January 29, 2022

Triple X

Material aspiration clashes with true romance in Glace Chase’s open-hearted play Triple X.

Culture January 15, 2022

2022 Sydney Festival

The Sydney Festival opens with work that pushes against structures of promise and oppression.

Culture October 30, 2021

Liveworks at Sydney’s Carriageworks

This year’s Liveworks at Sydney’s Carriageworks considered what performance might be if we’re not present to make or share it.

Culture May 08, 2021

Fun Home

The STC’s Australian premiere brings a sense of compassion to the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic novel Fun Home.

Theatre March 27, 2021

One Man in His Time

John Bell’s solo show One Man in His Time reveals his mastery of Shakespeare’s language – and the limitations of the classic English writer’s claims to universality.

Culture January 23, 2021

Sydney Festival

Although Covid-19 restrictions enforce a lack of spontaneity, this year’s Sydney Festival feels like spiritual healing.

Culture November 21, 2020

Wicked Sisters

Returning to the stage after almost two decades, Alma De Groen’s Wicked Sisters now reads like a study of the generational failures of white feminism.