Robert Reid

is a Melbourne theatre historian, critic and playwright.

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Culture February 04, 2023

MTC’s Sunday

Sunday, Melbourne Theatre Company’s drama about Heide’s artistic circle, risks erasing history in favour of sentimental romance.

Culture November 19, 2022

Sunshine Super Girl

Melbourne Theatre Company’s newest work is an adventurous and relentlessly upbeat portrayal of the life of Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Culture October 08, 2022

MTC’s Cyrano

Cyrano, Virginia Gay’s provocative adaptation of Rostand’s classic, has finally made it to the stage at the Melbourne Theatre Company – and it’s a triumph.

Culture March 19, 2022


Joshua Harmon’s play Admissions has much to say about American white privilege but gives us little time to reflect.

Culture October 16, 2021

Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals go online

This year’s Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals put together lively online programs that prove theatre can successfully translate to screen.

Culture September 04, 2021

Theatre’s new digital frontier

Amid the gloom of an industry largely left to fend for itself through the pandemic, digital seasons of live performance are a sign of hope.

Culture April 10, 2021

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2021

Although the spectre of Covid-19 hangs over this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, it demonstrates the resilience of live Australian performance.