ABR Arts

Australian musical theatre has had a long if chequered history going back to the popular, localised melodramas and pantomimes of the nineteenth century. In the more recent past, we think of successes such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994) and The Boy from Oz (2003) ...

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The Update - October 23, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

In this fortnight's Update: Arts Highlights of the Year, an interview with Neil Armfield on David Hare, the Collected Works bookstore closes, two STC Patrick White awards for playwrights, the Melbourne Prize for Literature finalists, the ABR Arts Launch at the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, and giveaways for the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition and to Beautiful Boy ...

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Scenes from a Marriage (Sydney Opera House) ★★★★½

Zoltán Szabó
Friday, 19 October 2018

Local interest in Scandinavian film and theatre seems to be rising, helped perhaps by the popularity of recent Scandinavian television noir. In the past two years, Belvoir Street Theatre has produced Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts (1882) and An Enemy of the People (1883) ...

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Otello (Melbourne Opera) ★★★★

Elizabeth Kertesz
Friday, 19 October 2018

More than two centuries after its first performance, Gioacchino Rossini’s Otello (1816) has finally been staged for Australian audiences thanks to the inspired selection of director Bruce Beresford and the enterprise of Melbourne Opera. But beware, if you come to the theatre expecting a ...

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On 6 March 1948 – a mere seventy years ago – the paintings that comprise this stellar exhibition of ‘Modern Art’ from St Petersburg’s great cultural repository, the State Hermitage Museum, were condemned in a decree by the Council of Ministers of the USSR as ‘the bourgeois art of ...

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Nearer the Gods (Queensland Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2

Maggie Haining
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Nearer the Gods, the new play from David Williamson, has been described as ‘a big departure’ from his wonted repertoire of Australian middle-class studies. It departs from contemporary Australia for seventeenth-century England in exploring the events that lead to the publication of Isaac Newton’s ...

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Prize Fighter (La Boite Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2

Fiona Spitzkowsky
Monday, 15 October 2018

It’s rare to see a new Australian play remounted after its début season, but Prize Fighter, currently playing at Melbourne Festival after seasons at La Boite, Belvoir, and a regional tour, is a welcome exception. It is a transformative experience that exemplifies the social significance of live theatre ...

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An Enemy of the People (Belvoir St Theatre) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
Friday, 12 October 2018

Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People is both one of his most approachable and most challenging plays. The plot is universal: an individual attempts to force his community to face an uncomfortable truth and is pilloried by his neighbours. The play can be and indeed has been set in whichever country it is ...

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The Update - October 9, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 09 October 2018

In this fortnight's Update: The 2019 British Film Festival tours Australia, Monash University brings The Dressmaker to the stage in a new musical, Calibre Essay Prize winners revisit their works in new ways, The 2019 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, Applications closing for Bell Shakespeare's John Bell Scholarship, Degenerate Art comes to the Old Fitz Theatre, Giveaways from the British Film Festival, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Melbourne Opera, and Monash University ...

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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 (1955–57), and Happy Days (1961) – it is the novels that afford the most prolonged, immersive access to his enduring concerns and ...

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