Tim Byrne

Golden Shield

Tim Byrne
19 August 2019

The great Spanish novelist Javier Marías includes a scene in A Heart More

Wake in Fright (Malthouse Theatre) ★★★★

Tim Byrne
01 July 2019

The idea of the outsider is, of course, a concept shared by all living beings; the jellyfish and the silverback gorilla alike have train More

Escaped Alone (Red Stitch Actors' Theatre) ★★★★1/2

Tim Byrne
03 June 2019

‘Terrible rage.’ It starts as a question; rhetorical, perhaps. ‘Terrible rage.’ It grows into a statement of fact, an unden More

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★1/2

Tim Byrne
06 May 2019

Elizabeth Taylor played Maggie to Paul Newman’s Brick in Richard Brooks’s 1958 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s More

33 Variations (Comedy Theatre) ★★★★1/2

Tim Byrne
12 March 2019

How many variations does it take, how many iterations and transfigurations, before a work of mediocrity More

Tim Byrne reviews 'The World Only Spins Forward: The ascent of angels in America' edited by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois

Tim Byrne
26 December 2018
Most of the time, plays are just entertainments; they can be witty and insightful, even powerful and contemporary, and still function as merely satisfying divertissements. Rarely, so rarely e More

Twelfth Night (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★

Tim Byrne
19 November 2018

Twelfth Night was probably composed in 1601, and certainly no later than 1602. Hamlet has a more doubtful provenance, possibly written before 1601 but also certainly no l More

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

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