ABR Arts

La Bohème (Opera Australia) ★★★1/2

Michael Halliwell
Monday, 27 February 2017

The real test of an opera singer is how they sound in an opera theatre. The bane of ‘legitimate’ opera singers’ lives are singers on television talent shows, many of whom describe themselves as ‘opera singers’. They sing the occasional opera aria, frequently transposed into a more comfortable ...

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Away (Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre) ★★

Ian Dickson
Friday, 24 February 2017

Away reached the dubious status of ‘Australian Classic’ in a remarkably short period of time. It has become so ubiquitous that I would hazard a guess that fully two thirds of the Australian audience for this production who are under thirty will have been involved with the play either as performers ...

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John (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2

Andrew Fuhrmann
Monday, 20 February 2017

What a mysterious and delightful play is American playwright Annie Baker’s John (2015), a meditative comic drama full of exquisite detail and suggested psychological insights. Sarah Goodes directs with sensitivity and imagination for the Melbourne Theatre Company, in the Fairfax ...

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Letter from Paris

Lee Christofis
Thursday, 16 February 2017

The idea of visiting Paris in January to see six exhibitions and two repeats in five days may seem excessive to some people, but Paris’s museum offerings this northern winter were so impressive it was impossible to resist. At Frank Gehry’s lofty Fondation Louis Vuitton, hordes lined up ...

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Little Emperors (Malthouse Theatre) ★★

Andrew Fuhrmann
Thursday, 16 February 2017

It is often described as the world’s largest social experiment, whatever that means. In 1979, to curb the baby boom that followed the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government officially adopted a one-child policy. Thirty-six-years later, in late 2015, this severe program, which allowed ...

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The Update - February 14, 2017

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Luke Davies, MoMA takes a stand, Heide's new Director and CEO, Liza Lim, Poetry galore, Abstraction, film giveaways

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'Tis Pity (Victorian Opera) ★★★★

Peter Rose
Monday, 13 February 2017

Contemporary opera doesn’t come much more innovative, vibrant or entertaining than Victorian Opera’s ‘Tis Pity: An operatic fantasia on selling the skin and the teeth, which played at the Melbourne Recital Centre from 4–8 February. Indefatigable VO Artistic Director Richard Mills has ...

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Little wonder that fortyfivedownstairs is encoring Marguerite Duras’s brilliantly dialectical play L’amante anglaise, first presented in this production at La Mama Theatre in 2014, directed by Laurence Strangio. Duras wrote it first as a novella fifty years ago; the stage adaptation followed in 1968 ...

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Silence ★★★★1/2

Tim Byrne
Monday, 13 February 2017

Unlike Martin Scorsese’s previous forays into the subject of spiritual faith, The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Kundun (1997) – both of which used intense, almost delirious musical compositions to evoke a sense of religious fervour – his new film has no score at all. An adaptation of ...

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Jasper Jones ★★★★

Andrew Nette
Friday, 10 February 2017

There is something deeply satisfying about watching a classic cinematic trope done well. The film version of Jasper Jones, the best-selling Australian novel of the same name by Craig Silvey, is a uniquely Australian take on the coming of age film, done very well ...

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