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James Waites

James Waites
James Waites was a Sydney-based theatre critic.

'Hamlet' and 'The Floating World'

November 2013, no. 356 31 October 2013
Over the past ten years, Melbourne and Sydney have experienced a revolution in the aesthetics of theatre – perhaps only the second major one since 1945. After World War II, the British helped to get us back on our cultural feet, the high point being the establishment of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in 1954. Along came a bunch of Poms or Pommie-minded locals to show us how to do theat ... (read more)

The Maids

July–August 2013, no. 353 27 June 2013
Jean Genet’s Les bonnes (The Maids, 1947) is inspired by a true story. Two maids, sisters, murder their wealthy mistress and are found by authorities soon after, huddled in the same bed. Incest as well? So it is odd to be confronted with a drama that essentially addresses the audience’s intellect, spring-boarding out of a melodramatic re-enactment into a study of, indeed a homage to, transgres ... (read more)