REVIEW: North By Northwest is Hitchcockian delight

BY LINC JENKIN North By Northwest, the stage adaption of the classic 50s Hitchcock film, is a play filled with slick acting and even slicker production values. Starring David Campbell as Roger O. Thornhill and directed by Simon Phillips, this thrilling ride of mistaken identity plays out in typical Hitchcockian suspense, driven by an atmospheric […]

REVIEW: La Juive

French composer, Fromental Halévy wrote 40 operas among many other works, but by far his greatest success was La Juive. When it was first performed in Paris in 1835, La Juive (The Jewess) received enthusiastic accolades and quickly became a popular fixture in opera house repertoires around the world. The original libretto, by the aptly named […]

Why You Shouldn’t Call Comedian Anthony Locascio A ‘Wog’

BY ANTHONY LOCASCIO A slightly more experienced comedian once advised me to never use the word ‘wog’ in my act. Apparently the word “doesn’t really exist anymore.” I was a few months into performing, desperate for any kind of laugh, and leaning on a couple of easy, stereotype jokes. I have since figured out that […]

REVIEW: Nearer The Gods

What happens when David Williamson turns his attention to the men of the Enlightenment to examine their genius, their discoveries, their rivalries, their humanity and their relationship with God? He finds they are as fallible, envious, spiteful and petty as the next man. The focus of Nearer The Gods is on the reclusive genius Isaac […]

REVIEW: Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’

REVIEWED BY JARROD WOLHUTER To be, or not to be? That is the question currently hanging over the Sydney Opera House as Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet hits the stage bringing scintillating scenes of deceit, duplicity, deception, and treachery to begging audiences. Industry heavyweight, Peter Evans, Artistic Director at the Bell Shakespeare Company has done an outstanding […]

Stay Woke

Everyone has been to a social dinner party or family holiday when suddenly the conversation turns political. The Darlinghurst Theatre's newest show, Stay Woke, explores this very experience and the influence "woke culture" has had on society. Written by Aran Thangaratnam & Directed by Bridget Balodis Stay Woke sees two brothers, Niv and Sai, attempting […]

David Campbell in North By Northwest

BY RENEE DALLOW  Like parachuting down the rapids, North By Northwest, has a storyline that changes at such a fast pace that you feel you’ve got to hang on for dear life. Hang on tight until it reaches its giddy climax or you’ll fall off your perch in the process. In the opening gambit, scenes […]

REVIEW: Belvoir St Theatre’s ‘Opening Night’ an ode to audience’s youth

REVIEWED BY LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG Belvoir St Theatre regularly produces works that shock, entertain and above all, move audiences to think deeply. Opening Night, currently running in the Upstairs Theatre, is no different. The show, adapted and directed by Carissa Licciardello, follows the story of Myrtle (Leeanna Walsman), a well-known actress grappling with her loss of […]

REVIEW: Guards At The Taj

REVIEWED BY SHON HO The Taj Mahal stands at dawn as the most beautiful monument in the world. Humayun (Idam Sondhi) and Babur (Akkshey Caplash) are tasked to guard it without turning around to sneak a look. They pass the hours rooted in the same spot, swords poised – bickering, gossiping and dreaming amongst bird […]

Belvoir Theatre Appoints New Director

Belvoir Theatre has announced the appointment of Aaron Beach to the role of Executive Director at Belvoir, taking the reins from Sue Donnelly. Donnelly had helmed the company for the past five years helping it to a record breaking number of Helpmann Awards, and more importantly keeping the company alive through the past two years of […]