Arts

Theatre Review: The Woman in Black is a spine-chilling retelling of a gothic horror classic

Prepare for the most spine-chilling ghost encounter of the year. Susan Hill’s acclaimed gothic horror tale hasn’t gone dull with age, surviving through Stephen Mallatratt’s remarkable adaptation, which has lived on London’s West End for over 30 years. Bringing its ghostly horrors to Melbourne, The Woman in Black is a thrilling exploration of terror that…

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Review: International Crime fiction takes center stage at the 2024 Brisbane Writers Festival

This past week, Brisbane hosted its annual Brisbane Writers Festival, drawing thousands of eager bookworms to Southbank for four days of literary celebration. With 150 events packed over four days, there was certainly plenty on offer. Featuring author panels, speeches, and performances showcasing both international and domestic talents from blockbuster bestsellers to literary luminaries, BWF…

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Romeo and Juliet Suite

The Australian premiere of L.A. Dance Project’s Romeo and Juliet Suite at the Sydney Opera House is flawless

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, an ill-fated tale of star-crossed lovers, has been re-imagined time and time again. I honestly thought there was no ground left to cover when it came to adaptations of the beloved classic. I have never been more delighted to be wrong. Set to Prokofiev’s iconic score, Romeo and Juliet Suite at…

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Korea’s “Eternal Nature” gallery comes to Las Vegas: A look inside America’s first ARTE MUSEUM

At the end of November last year, Korea’s large scale digital art gallery – ARTE MUSEUM – opened their first (and still only) location in North America, on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s part of a burgeoning trend of immersive experiences in the city, and sits amongst seven locations for the gallery around the world….

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Bad Friends

Australian comedy fans rejoice – ‘Bad Friends’ Andrew Santino and Bobby Lee announce Australian and New Zealand tour.

Brace yourselves, comedy fans. US comedy stars Andrew Santino and Bobby Lee, the co-hosts of wildly popular podcast Bad Friends, have announced they will be trekking down under for their ‘Bad Friends Tour‘ this November! Establishing themselves first within the elite ranks of the US comedy scene, Santino and Lee’s podcast venture has amassed a…

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Sunset Boulevard brings Hollywood to Melbourne

Melbourne’s oldest and grandest venue, the Princess Theatre was transformed into Hollywood Glamour on Wednesday night as the city welcomed the return of the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard presented by Opera Australia & GWB Entertainment by arrangement with The Really Useful Group. With a dazzling red carpet, free-flowing champagne on a glamorous bar that…

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Film Review: The Garfield Movie hates its audience as much as its lead feline hates Mondays

Similar to the disdain many had when it was announced that Chris Pratt would be voicing Mario for last year’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the actor’s involvement as Garfield hasn’t assisted in warming him to the masses that have seriously turned on him in a manner many never saw coming after his winning work…

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Theatre Review: Death of a Salesman endures on stage with Anthony Lapaglia leading the way

The 1949 play, Death of a Salesman, was written by lauded American playwright, Arthur Miller. Miller wrote plays including All My Sons (1947) and The Crucible (1953), and dabbled in screenwriting and radio plays, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this very play. Death of a Salesman first premiered in 1949 and ran for…

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Theatre Review: The Odd Couple turns Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre into a laugh factory

Spaghetti and ketchup. Pineapple and pizza. Felix and Oscar. They say opposites attract, but sometimes they’re better left alone. The Odd Couple follows two divorced friends who decide to live together… only there’s one problem… Oscar thrives in a messy, laid-back environment, while Felix prefers his quarters spick, span and neatly polished. Can this mismatched…

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Adelaide’s Cabaret Fringe Festival VIP preview promises a spectacular week of entertainment

Celebrating twenty-two years of open-access artistry, the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe presented a VIP preview at Arthur’s Art Bar, promising an exciting program to come. Creating a Cabaret Fringe Festival was the vision of the late Frank Ford AM, father of the Fringe and founder of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Conceived in 2001 as the ‘enfante…

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Theatre Review: Symphonie of the Bicycle is an exciting ride, with just a few wobbles along the way

Playwright and actor Hew Parham has created a unique one-man show with Symphonie of the Bicycle. Stepping on stage in the intimate Space Theatre, adorned in a white tracksuit with a green stripe, Parham immediately demonstrates his skill at using his body gestures and voice.  Acclaimed director Chris Drummond has kept the focus on Parham’s…

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SILENCE at the Sydney Opera House empowers people to speak up against the White noise

Part of UnWrapped, a series dedicated to uncovering the best independent creators, SILENCE, at the Sydney Opera House, is a visually stunning and deeply moving performance. Created by Karul Projects and produced by BlakDance, this contemporary dance work successfully examines and disrupts the deliberate and ongoing silence surrounding more than 250 years’ worth of struggle….

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Comedy Review: Dawn French is the only one who can be a comedy queen and a twat

There aren’t many people who would willingly publicise themselves as a “huge twat,” least of all a celebrity. But actress, comedian and writer, Dawn French, is exceptional in every sense. Her latest standup show – an extension of her recent memoir The Twat Files – is all about embracing your failures and relishing every minute…

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Theatre Review: Angels in America delivers a powerful message in a gratifying way

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is an ambitious two-part play by American Playwright Tony Kushner. Written in 1991, the story explores personal motivations, hopes and desires of characters in New York during the 1980’s AIDS crisis. It has had previous success as a six-part television mini-series and a West End production….

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Amy Poehler to join this year’s Vivid Sydney celebration for first Inside Out 2 preview

Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, Amy Poehler will join this year’s Vivid Sydney line-up for a special Vivid Ideas event at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 27 May. Poehler, who is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents, with credits including actress, writer, director, producer, and bestselling author, will front Vivid Sydney Presents…

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theatre Review: Mortals really do be fools at the Australian Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Centennial Park Sydney

Heralded as one of his most beloved plays, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is no stranger to adaptation. The delightful tale of love, fairy’s and mischief, despite its troublesome undertones around consent, continues to mesmerise audiences. Performed at Sydney’s Centennial Park, the Australian Shakespeare Company have created a beautiful and incredibly humorous depiction of the…

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No Pay, No Way

Theatre Review: No Pay? No Way! Is a funny play that makes much cents!

Sydney Theatre Company’s latest production, No Pay? No Way! may have celebrated its golden anniversary but it feels as relevant as ever. This farce about cost-of-living pressures and a healthy distrust of corporate greed could be about modern Australia- except that it took its inspiration from real-life events that occurred in Milan in the 1970s….

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The Beatles’ Love announces Las Vegas closing date – why you need to see this spectacular production

After an incredible 18 year run exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas, the Cirque Du Soleil production of The Beatles’ Love is coming to an end. So if you’ve never had a chance to see this show – which as I go on to say in the below article from 2017, is possibly the…

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Daniel Muggleton takes on an intimate Melbourne crowd at QT, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Daniel Muggleton is a Sydney-based comedian and rising star on a national tour following his International debut in 2023. Muggleton offers a taste of uncomfortable humour joining a fine lineup of performers this year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It is a pleasure to catch him at an intimate performance in QT Melbourne, where he…

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Matt Bell

Matt Bell explores Melbourne’s haunted dating spots in Dead To Me – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If like me, you wondered how walking around haunted spots in the Melbourne CBD would make the perfect backdrop for a comedy show could possibly ever work, you will be happy to know walking and laughing is the perfect way to spend the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2024.  Our host is comedian and bachelor…

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A laugh riot for kids and parents: Jon and Jero’s STUFF! at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Jon Walpole and Jeromaia Detto have crafted a comedic gem at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival with their show STUFF! As Jon and Jero, these two Melbourne comedians bring a whirlwind of laughter and joy to the stage, making it a must-see for families with kids aged 4 and up. The 55-minute show held…

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I had a front row seat to the feminist event turned prank Love Unboxed, and yes, it was a shit-show

There have been a lot of articles written in the last two days about an event which occurred on Wednesday night. An event that was advertised as ‘a conversation exploring sex, love, relationships and marriage’ with three very prominent feminists and a surprise guest. An event which went awry when it was exposed to be…

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Rocky Horror Show

Rocky Horror Show returns for another kinky run of the 50th anniversary production

With a little over a year since the first Sydney run of the 50th Anniversary Production, Rocky Horror Show is back at the Theatre Royal in Sydney. Featuring mostly the same cast and staging (check out last year’s recap here), this production has kept the momentum going after five decades of this outrageously naughty sci-fi…

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Theatre Review: Chicago is a seductive jailhouse romp with star-studded glam

Full of murder, greed and that oh so seductive razzle dazzle, Broadway’s longest-running musical has found its way back to Australia for a limited season. Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two strong individuals with big aspirations who find themselves locked up and on trial for murder. When they learn of…

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One of Vivid Sydney’s long-time curators takes to the Middle East with Dhai Dubai

I’m staring up at the 67-metre tall Al Wasl Plaza as elaborate video works slide across the steelwork panels; a call to Prayer echoes through the air. The structure, which designers Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture revealed for Expo 2020 Dubai, is the perfect centrepiece for Dhabi Dubai. This small-scale light and arts festival…

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Ali Wong announces first ever live Australian tour

Renowned stand-up comedian and award-winning actress, Ali Wong, is excited to announce Australian dates for her “Ali Wong: Live” comedy tour, taking in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this July. Produced by Live Nation, the tour has been a massive success, playing to full houses right across North America, Paris and London! Having captivated audiences worldwide with her…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Playwright Henry Naylor brings Afghanistan to life

British playwright Henry Naylor presented his personal journey, a one-man monologue entitled, “Afghanistan is Not Funny” at Holden Street Theatre for the Adelaide Fringe. The original show was directed by Holden Street’s Artistic Director Martha Lott, and then was further developed by New York’s Soho Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Darren Lee Cole. The title is the…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Elf Lyons Raven releasing inner demons using the power of mime

Elf Lyons bounces on stage. The audience is crammed into the basement-like Gallery Theatre, the front row with a plastic sheet “for protection.” In fact the entire set is covered in plastic, looking like Patrick Bateman’s room from one of the murder scenes from American Psycho. We’ve already been warmed up with a soundtrack including…

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The 24th Biennale of Sydney Arrives: 3 artists not to miss

It’s been a big week for the arts in Sydney with the 24th Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, opening at various venues across the city. Until the 10 June art from around the world will make its home across 6 iconic venues; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Chau Chak Wing…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler tell “Tales of Lust and Madness” – The Garage International (14.03.24)

Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler are both one-of-a-kind New York performers. The Garage International theatre is a converted church behind the Adelaide Town Hall and is an appropriate venue for the evening’s spoken word entertainment. Chandeliers incongruously light up the seating area in what was the hall, while ushers frantically add chairs to accommodate the…

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