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Culture March 21, 2020
Covid-19 and the arts
Covid-19 containment measures have led to unprecedented shutdowns in the arts sector, with small companies and independent artists in the greatest jeopardy.
Theatre February 08, 2020
The Feather in the Web
Though it never quite coheres, The Feather in the Web takes some sharp digs at contemporary society and is bolstered by an excellent cast.
Theatre February 22, 2020
Torch the Place
Despite some shaky moments, Benjamin Law’s Torch the Place is filled with humour and heart, and breathes new life into the Australian tradition of naturalism.
Theatre December 21, 2019
Best stage performances of 2019
While Australian artists face challenging times, brilliant work is still being staged.
Culture November 30, 2019
Apocalypse Meow: Crisis Is Born
Both riotously funny and achingly true, Apocalypse Meow: Crisis Is Born confirms Meow Meow as one of the world’s finest cabaret artists.
Theatre November 23, 2019
Although it has moments of genuine power that convey the inhumane conditions faced by asylum seekers, The Audition never quite coheres.
Theatre October 19, 2019
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
Acerbic and powerful, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes exposes the exploitation of people with disability, and continues Back to Back Theatre’s tradition of making groundbreaking work.
Theatre October 05, 2019
Mentalist Scott Silven
Relying on more than sleight of hand and psychological manipulation, mentalist Scott Silven elicits wonder and delight from his audiences by connecting them through his performances.
Theatre August 24, 2019
One of three plays by Anchuli Felicia King to feature on Australian stages this year, Golden Shield engages intelligently with the digital world and shows great heart. It’s a triumph.
Culture July 20, 2019
Although Stanisław Lem’s classic novel Solaris provides rich source material for a stage adaptation, there’s a disappointing banality to Malthouse Theatre’s production.
Theatre June 29, 2019
MTC’s Storm Boy
Although Melbourne Theatre Company’s Storm Boy is lushly produced, Colin Thiele’s story is showing its age – particularly in the face of a global climate emergency.
Culture June 08, 2019
Patricia Cornelius’s Love and Shit
Love and Shit, an exhilarating double bill by Patricia Cornelius at fortyfivedownstairs, expose the uncomfortable realities of Australia’s underclass. In doing so, these plays remind us how vital theatre can be.