ABR Arts

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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Looking For Grace ★★★

Eloise Ross
Thursday, 21 January 2016

As with many fine Australian films, Looking For Grace opens with arid, spectacular landscape. Aerial shots of remote two-lane highways highlight expanses of blonde dirt, granite, and shrubbery across the Western Australian wheat belt, where the film was shot on location. These colours are ...

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The Pearlfishers ★★★1/2

Michael Halliwell
Monday, 18 January 2016

'One-hit' operas litter the repertoire. One thinks of the aria 'Ebben? Ne andrò lontana', which every soprano worth her salt has sung in concert and many have recorded. The aria was the thread running through the cult move, Diva (1981), sung in a concert scene in the film by the soprano ...

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Winterreise (Sydney Festival) ★★★★★

Michael Halliwell
Friday, 08 January 2016

The protagonist of Thomas Mann's great novel, The Magic Mountain (1924), Hans Castorp, goes into battle, and almost certainly his death, at the end of the book singing 'Der Lindenbaum' from Schubert's song cycle, Winterreise: The song meant a great deal to him, a whole world ... His fate ...

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Carol ★★★1/2

Andrea Goldsmith
Friday, 08 January 2016

It is a Hollywood staple: C meets T; they fall in love; obstacles stand in their way (a husband, a boyfriend, but most particularly the attitudes of the 1950s); obstacles are mostly overcome, and C and T march happily into the future together. In Todd Haynes's film, Cate Blanchett plays Carol, a ...

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