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REVIEW: Michelle Brasier – Average Bear

The last thing I anticipated from a comedy show was to leave intears, to bawl my whole manipulated being out across the street from the Factory Theatre, where Michelle Brasier had just exposed her soul in the nicest possible way. I should have calcified my heart the moment when she and co-creator Tim Lancaster her […]

Hyperdream

The delineation between what is lived, what is remembered and what can be re-created are fast-disappearing borders in the digital world. Once limited to the realm of speculation, these new technologies are explored in Hyperdream, created by Adriane Daff and Mikala Westhall. In the collaborative work (actors Nat Jobe, Angela Mahlatjie and Matt Abell-King), characters are […]

REVIEW: Brodi Snook – Handful

With a languid delivery style, stand-up comedian Brodi Snook knows how to capture the audience in her show Handful, which traverses toxic relationships recounting really terrible boyfriends, until darker anecdotes emerge. Culled from an 11-month ordeal in which she deliberately sought to shrink herself whilst being harassed by an unwanted suitor, the result is a series […]

Goddess – The Elizabeth Burton Story

Running for a short season at the Old Fitz is Goddess – The Elizabeth Burton Story, performed by none other than Burton herself, once the queen of striptease in 1960s Kings Cross and overseas adventuress. The story of a woman who informed the alternative lifestyle in Kings Cross, reflects on a long career as an […]

REVIEW: Sydney Comedy Festival Gala

The opening night gala of the Sydney Comedy Festival at the State Theatre was a glimpse of the coming run of the festival, offering a dozen or so introductions to the many comedians and acts to be featured across Sydney-wide venues until May 16. The guests were in the fine hands of most capable host Randy […]

REVIEW: The Removalists

David Williamson’s The Removalists (1971) is a milestone in Australian drama, an over-the-top portrayal of toxic masculinity, police corruption engendering violence and the sly collusion women endured throughout. Not quite a tragedy, not quite a comedy, the play, on now at the New Theatre, straddles something between the two. Kenny (Alfie Gledhill) is a volatile larrikin […]

Two By Two: Overboard

The now sometimes perfected balance of creating animated movies with appeal to kids and adults has been sharpened by a booming genre, but Two By Two: Overboard” falls flat. It delivers the whistles and whimsy for the kids in what becomes a bizarre narrative arc, and it seems underdeveloped for the kids and just a wallop […]

Fuente Ovejuna

This early 17 century play is from one of the most celebrated authors from what is called the Golden Age of Spanish Theatre, Lope de Vega, and here adapted with sometimes necessary vicious energy by director Angus Evans of Dream Plane Productions. Fuente Ovejuna, roughly translated as the Sheep Fountain, is based on historical events […]

REVIEW: Glengarry Glen Ross

New Theatre’s staging of Glengarry Glen Ross is a cracker of a show. David Mamet’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama demands staccato direction and acting, and the production delivers, including clever set design (Tom Bannerman), lighting (Ole Borch) and Director Louise Fischer‘s sure-handed guidance that brings every element together for a sometimes explosive performance. Fischer has assembled a […]

Arthouse Gallery – I Am Here

The fully-booked launch of I Am Here at Arthouse Gallery featured an intergenerational panel of female artists involved in different mediums: Katherine Hattan, an artist with the rigour of decades of experience; Jo Bertini, who has dedicated her work to the love of desert landscapes around the world; and a curious figure dressed in a balaclava […]