Theatre

Fiona Morrison (ed.): Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett

Bruce Bennett
Friday, 20 January 2012

Romantic modernist

Bruce Bennett

 

Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett
edited by Fiona Morrison
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 282 pp, 9781921401626

 

Best known for her poetry and plays, Dorothy Hewett was also the author of novels, short stories and numerou ...

Michael Keane: Views From the Balcony

Desley Deacon
Friday, 20 January 2012

The price

Desley Deacon

 

Views From The Balcony: A Biography of Catherine Duncan
by Michael Keane
Macmillan Art Publishing, $39.95 pb, 224 pp, 9781921394577

 

Catherine Duncan looks like becoming the poster girl for Australian women playwrights of the ...

Jonathan Croall: John Gielgud

Brian McFarlane
Friday, 21 October 2011

One man in his time

Brian McFarlane

 

John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star
by Jonathan Croall
Methuen Drama, $75 hb, 688 pp, 9781408131060

 

As the dust settles on twentieth-century acting giants, and reputations are appraised, it is at least argua ...

Brian McFarlane reviews 'On Shakespeare' by John Bell

Brian McFarlane
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Others abide our question. Thou art free.
We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge.
(Matthew Arnold, ‘Shakespeare’)

When Arnold wrote his famous sonnet, he could have been anticipating John Bell’s book, which repeatedly asks provocative questions about the man and the work that have been his ...

Richard Eyre: Talking Theatre

Michael Morley
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

Symphony of histrionic voices

Michael Morley

 

Talking Theatre: Interviews with Theatre People
by Richard Eyre
Nick Hern Books (New South), $49.95 hb, 349 pp, 9781848420465

 

One of many dangers lying in wait for the writer (and reader) of theatre-insi ...

Backstage promenade with Stephen Sondheim

Michael Morley

 

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954–1981), with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes
by Stephen Sondheim
Virgin Books, $69.95 hb, 472 pp, 9780753522585

 

Ross Honeywill: Wasted

Murray Waldren
Tuesday, 07 December 2010

The prisoner–playwright who overdosed on opportunity

Murray Waldren

 

Wasted: The True Story of Jim McNeil, Violent Criminal and Brilliant Playwright
by Ross Honeywill
Viking, $32.95 pb, 312 pp, 9780670073955

 

Jim McNeil was a two-bit thug. A liar, ...

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