ABR Arts

The Update - March 22, 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

Why is bad singing so funny? Why do missed high notes induce such hilarity? Is it all vaudeville or a case of Schadenfreude? Curiously, we have two new films about the egregious soprano par excellence, Florence Foster Jenkins (whose awful recordings are legendary and who died soon after ...

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The Update - February 23, 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra flash sale, States of Poetry, Winner of the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award announced, fortyfivedownstairs's new season, Cancellation of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, Newcastle Writers' Festival ...

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Perth International Arts Festival 2016

Alison Croggon
Friday, 19 February 2016

As a not-quite-indefatigable cultural itinerant, my memories of Perth are all of festival time. Usually, my arrival is the signal for the temperature to leap into the mid-forties, imbuing the experience with a patina of sweat and a dose of climatic paranoia. PIAF 2016, artistic director Wendy ...

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Trumbo ★★★1/2

Dennis Altman
Friday, 19 February 2016

In 1950 a number of Hollywood screenwriters, including Dalton Trumbo, were sentenced to almost a year's imprisonment for contempt of Congress. Their 'crime' was a failure to answer questions from the House Un-American Activities Committee about their involvement with the Communist ...

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Arcadia (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★

Colin Golvan
Monday, 15 February 2016

Many wonderful things have been written about this sprawling gem of a play since it was first staged in 1993. Two decades later, it still bamboozles, delights, and moves its audience in its uncompromising search for meaning in love and science. This was a production in genuine homage to one ...

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The Update - February 9, 2016

Monday, 08 February 2016

On the unanimity of arts critics,Want to work at Australian Book Review?, Two indigenous scholarships from the Melbourne Theatre Company, and Bruckner galore ...

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Brooklyn ★★★★

Morag Fraser
Monday, 08 February 2016

Film publicity is rarely subtle, so don't see Brooklyn if you are looking for the love-triangle tearjerker that its release poster promises. A film with its source in the spare, luminous writing of Colm Tóibín – as perceptive about women as any man writing – is never going to be standard Hollywood ...

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Last Work (Batsheva Dance Company) ★★★★1/2

Terri-ann White
Thursday, 04 February 2016

Performances by Batsheva Dance Company involve more than movement and choreography. Behind each production is a philosophy, markedly different from the vocabulary, tics, and motifs we expect from choreographers. Ohad Naharin has introduced a revolutionary aspect to the company ...

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The Golden Age (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★

Ian Dickson
Monday, 25 January 2016

The reappraisal of Australian plays from that great explosion of theatrical creativity in the 1970s and 1980s which has been in train for the last few years continues with the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Louis Nowra's mighty The Golden Age. The play was first performed in 1985 ...

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Spotlight ★★★★★

Barney Zwartz
Thursday, 21 January 2016

Often I am not proud of my profession, but there are times – usually when looking beneath the stones that shore up the established order – when journalists change the world for the better. The uncovering of the extent of sexual abuse of children, particularly by Catholic priests, is ...

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