Tim Byrne

Watt (Melbourne International Arts Festival) ★★★★½

Tim Byrne
08 October 2018

While the bulk of Samuel Beckett’s monumental reputation rests on the plays – especially the mid-career, mid-century works that include Waiting for Godot (1953), Endgame < More

Scaramouche Jones (Arts Centre Melbourne) ★★★★1/2

Tim Byrne
20 August 2018

The notion of the sad clown probably has its origins in prehistory; the mockery of pain and sorrow is such an embedded human trait that indigenous cultures around the world embraced it lon More

Strangers in Between (fortyfivedownstairs) ★★★

Tim Byrne
29 January 2018

Gay theatre, or at least identifiably queer theatre, has never had much of a presence in Australia; most of what we consider canonical has come from overseas. The Elizabethan stage had Mar More

Que Reste T’il (What Remains?) ★★★★

Tim Byrne
13 November 2017

The idea of joining Robyn Archer – arguably the greatest cabaret artist in the country – for a night of French chanson that harks back to her seminal 1991 show Le Chat Noir wa More

Tim Byrne reviews 'The Ring of Truth' by Roger Scruton

Tim Byrne
20 December 2016

There is a kind of dread in the heart of any reader who approaches a philosopher in the act of pronouncing on a great work of art. Many a filmmaker’s oeuvre and ...

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Follies in Concert (Melbourne Recital Centre) ★★★

Tim Byrne
26 May 2016

Stephen Sondheim's Follies opened on Broadway in 1971, during his most fertile period as a composer and lyricist; it premièred one year after Company  More

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Malthouse Theatre) ★★★★

Tim Byrne
04 March 2016

Henry Lawson, in his story The Bush Undertaker (1892), refers to the Australian landscape as 'the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird, and of much More

Tim Byrne reviews 'Joy Ride' by John Lahr

Tim Byrne
25 February 2016

James Ley states in the introduction to his book The Critic in the Modern World (2014) that the significance of a critic 'depends on their ability to position themselves in opposition to certain prevailing tendencies'. Given the widespread shrinkage of space allot ... More

Arts Highlights of the Year

Robyn Archer et al.
26 October 2015

To highlight Australian Book Review's arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year's memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and exhibitions, we invited a group of critics and arts professionals to nominate their favourites – and to nominate one production they are looking forward to in 2016. (We indicate which works were reviewed in Arts Up ... More

Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera)

Tim Byrne
20 July 2015

In the argument over the programming of Broadway musicals by Australia’s opera companies, it is usually assumed that audiences know the difference between the two forms. But even superfi More

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