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Richard III

Of all Shakespeare’s villains, Richard III would have to be the most calculating, the most villainous, and yet the most beguiling, beating the infamous Iago hands down. This is why Jamie Collette, director/actor for the online theatre company Streamed Shakespeare, chose to present him to online viewers. Jamie said, “Richard of Gloucester is a nasty, […]

Bell Shakespeare Debates

What a fantastic opportunity is being offered to listen to interesting Australian figures such as Jane Caro and Peter FitzSimons discuss the relevance of Shakespeare’s plays to the contemporary world. John Bell founded Bell Shakespeare 30 years ago, and must be thrilled he has introduced “The Bard” to so many who must have thought that […]

Red Carpet Cabaret

The Darlinghurst Theatre Company is re-opening its doors to present the Red Carpet Cabaret season. This is billed as “soulful winter evenings filled with food, story and song” and has attracted some of Australia’s best cabaret artists. Co-Artistic Director Amylia Harris says, “The reactivation of our foyer and restaurant space is a major step in […]

REVIEW: Faust

What a diabolically decadent yet divine production this is, featuring the age-old battleground of good and evil, of satanic temptation and moral decrepitude, in which the aging Faust surrenders his soul for youthful pleasures.   The ring-master is the malevolent, omnipresent, shape-shifter devil Méphistophélès. Teddy Tahu Rhodes fills this role superbly, with his mellifluous voice and […]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Los Angeles Herald described this show as “Shakespeare written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python and performed at the speed of the minute waltz.” Will you have time to recognise all 37 of the Bard’s plays, as well as his sonnets, in the 97-minute performance. Director Jess Davis was thrilled to work with […]

REVIEW: The Spoils By Jesse Eisenberg

With his neurotic angst, his racist and sexist remarks, and the vicious streak of a bully, Ben dominates and even terrorises this small groups of New York friends. His flatmate Kalyan, played by Kabir Singh is a Nepalese student of Business Studies who desperately wants to remain in the Big Apple after the completion of […]

Every Brilliant Thing

Belvoir is reprising its hit from last year, with Steve Rodgers in the role he took over from Kate Mulvany when she dropped out to pursue an offer from Amazon Prime in the US. Rodgers has surrendered his directorial role in this year’s production to Kate Champion, so we should see an interesting spin on […]

Shouty, Angry and Sweary

Who is Jonathan Pie and why should we go to his show at the Enmore Theatre in late February? Jonathan Pie is a fictitious British news reporter created by Tom Walker. Walker claims Pie is his “alter ego,” who originally appeared in 2015 in a series of spoof video clips as a frustrated British news […]

Marianne & Leonard – Words Of Love

Nick Broomfield’s documentary focuses on the ill-fated relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their affair blossomed in the golden age of life on the idyllic island of Hydra in the late 60s, when the community of ex-pat artists who had found their way there, including Australia’s Charmian Clift and George Johnston, […]

The Odd Couple

Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre Mark Kilmurry loves Neil Simon’s play about “the odd couple”, two men called Felix and Oscar who find themselves living together in Felix’s New York apartment when divorce disrupts their circumstances. Kilmurry explains why he chose to put on this production. “The Odd Couple has lasted nearly 60 years […]