theatre

television August 12, 2017

Anthony LaPaglia’s pioneer spirit

Long before Australian actors were celebrated in the US, Anthony LaPaglia was forging a solid career in theatre and movies. But, he says, his rise to stardom could not have been more unexpected.

theatre July 21, 2017

‘Noises Off’

Sam Strong’s production of the timeless farce Noises Off  falters in pacing and believability, delivering an awful production of a play that is about an awful production of a play.

theatre April 8, 2017

Red Stitch Theatre’s ‘Rules for Living’

In the style of Alan Ayckbourn, Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living for Red Stitch portrays middle-class disarray at its most engaging.

theatre May 27, 2017

MTC’s ‘Minnie & Liraz’

In Lally Katz’s latest play, the MTC fails to capture the dramatist’s magic, despite fine performances by two grand dames of the stage.

theatre February 24, 2017

MTC’s ‘John’

Sarah Goodes’ MTC production of John features two actors at the height of their powers, in a drama from the master playwright Annie Baker.

theatre February 11, 2017

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon, from the creators of South Park, is a blasphemous riot of bad taste, making it a musical not to be missed.

opera December 10, 2016

Opera Australia’s Ring cycle

Neil Armfield’s stark but powerful Ring delivers Wagner’s masterpiece as a triumph of the Australian stage, as good as could be imagined anywhere.

theatre November 26, 2016

Red Stitch Theatre’s ‘Uncle Vanya’

Nadia Tass’s production of Uncle Vanya for Red Stitch suffers from some pretensions, but a superb cast does the incomparable Chekhov justice.

television November 12, 2016

Rose Byrne in David Mamet’s ‘Speed-the-Plow’

After conquering Hollywood, Rose Byrne returns to Australia to take on Mamet for the STC.

theatre October 22, 2016

‘Switzerland’ at MTC

Joanna Murray-Smith’s drama about thriller writer Patricia Highsmith’s dying days sequestered in Switzerland is brilliant, sinister entertainment in the Hitchcock mode.

theatre September 17, 2016

MTC’s ‘Disgraced’

The brilliance of the MTC’s latest production, Disgraced, completes a trifecta of fine Australian shows.