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Open For Business In Pyrmont

Pyrmont/Ultimo peninsula is picturesque and lively…well, usually. It has a well preserved heritage that sits comfortably alongside avante garde architecture. The local population is one of the most highly concentrated in the country and is distributed among tall apartment blocks and traditional cottages. Several attractions make this area a popular tourist destination, yet at the […]

A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line, was a smash hit when it debuted in 1975. The behind the scenes “putting-on-a-show” type storyline harkens back to classic musicals of the 30s and 40s. But though it depicts the trials and drama of backstage, A Chorus Line also examines human stories of unique individuals, and the social politics of the […]

REVIEW: No Pay? No Way!

Dario Fo was an acclaimed Italian playwright whose works have been translated and performed around the world in constant rotation. His plays referenced the medieval Italian street theatre known as commedia dell’arte - a kind of vaudevillian sketch comedy travelling troupe. The universal themes and relatable characters in his plays means they are readily adaptable; […]

Conchita Wurst & Trevor Ashley In Concert

One of the highlights of the Mardi Gras festival is a concert featuring Conchita Wurst and Trevor Ashley and guest starring Kate Miller-Heidke. Individually, these performers pack an immense amount of talent; together they will ignite the theatre. Ashley is an Australian treasure with prolific creative output. He’s recognised internationally for his uncanny drag impressions, […]

The Rise And Disguise of Elizabeth R

Gerry Connolly has been in the business of comedy for a very long time, and for much of that time he’s been impersonating the Queen. So much so that he can reliably speak on her behalf - and he’ll be doing just that when he presents his version of the Queen on stage in his […]

Life Is Impossible

Writer and director, Paul Gilchrist, was inspired by the true story of Simone Weil, a radical, controversial French Jewish intellectual and activist who fled from France to New York during World War II. It is not a biopic as Gilchrist freely admits to taking liberties with the details. The title, however, reflects a true life […]

REVIEW: Pomona

Pomona is a small island in an industrial wasteland. It has canals on either side and one road in and out. There are remnants of concrete buildings littering the abandoned grounds of what was once a port. A labyrinth of catacomb-like rooms is secreted beneath the surface, accessible via a hatch. We don’t actually see […]

James Smith – Live & Uncensored

James Smith doesn’t mince words when he talks about fitness. The outspoken, expletive-happy, no-punches-pulled personal trainer got so fed up with the commercial, sensationalised industry that fitness had become that he had to speak up - loudly. The Brit, who now lives in Bondi, gained fame via social media and YouTube, and now he’s going […]

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

This film is probably deeply nostalgic for several generations of Americans. It’s based on the host of an extremely popular children’s television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001. Tom Hanks plays the impossibly affable Fred Rogers during the latter part of his career. He’s fragile, very slow and deliberate in speech, […]

REVIEW: The Ladykillers

The Genesian Theatre delivers yet another delightful vintage styled comedy crime thriller. The Ladykillers was written by Irish comedian Graham Linehan who also co-created Father Ted, Black Books, and The IT Crowd. It has the same absurd, character based humour as those popular comedy series. Five hapless criminals, led by the wily Professor Marcus (Marty […]