ABR Arts

Brothers' Nest ★★★

Lauren Carroll Harris
Monday, 18 June 2018

The fate of the duo at the centre of Brothers’ Nest is inevitable from the start: the camera, with gloomy portent, looks up and idles toward their decrepit childhood home. Writer-director-actor Clayton Jacobson’s new, largely housebound crime comedy hinges on a dark homecoming: Jeff (Jacobson) has hauled his younger ...

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2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Des Cowley
Thursday, 14 June 2018

One of the key issues addressed by the twenty-first Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) is the role of women in jazz. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been much debate around gender equality in jazz, including inevitable references to jazz as a ‘boys’ club’. While there has never been a shortage ...

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Disobedience ★★★

Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The sky is a wintry grey when Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a photographer, arrives in London, recalled to her hometown from New York by the death of her father, a local rabbi. The Orthodox Jewish community to which she returns dresses sombrely, in shades of black, and comports itself strictly. Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) ...

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Saint Joan (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★

Diana Simmonds
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

In his preface to the play, George Bernard Shaw wrote, ‘There are no villains in the piece. Crime, like disease, is not interesting: it is something to be done away with by general consent ... It is what men do at their best, with good intentions, and what normal men and women find that they must and will do in spite of their intentions ...

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Fury (Red Stitch Actors Theatre) ★★★1/2

Fiona Gruber
Friday, 08 June 2018

In Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Fury, a successful couple with a teenaged son are visited one evening by the deputy headmaster of his private school. Joe, he informs them, is in trouble. At first Alice (Danielle Carter) and Patrick (Joe Petruzzi) cannot countenance that their darling Joe has done anything wrong ...

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The Update - June 5, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 05 June 2018

In this fortnight's Update: Melbourne Rare Book Week, Assassins at Black Swan, National Indigenous Arts Awards, PLATFORM, Nasim Khosravi, Ashley Hay, Cool Change Contemporary, 2019 NLA Creative Arts Fellowship, SANE Australia and The Dax Centre, Satan Repentant, Our Mob, the 2018 Jolley Prize ceremony, and more ...

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest blockbuster, is dazzling. Organised by Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the museum’s Costume Institute, the exhibition brings together contemporary fashion designs with the imagery of the Roman Catholic Church by ...

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Gauguin: Voyage de Tahiti ★★★

Barnaby Smith
Monday, 28 May 2018

Paul Gauguin’s storied journey to Tahiti represents one of the great exotic odysseys in modern art. In 1891, in a fit of frustration with the superficiality of the Parisian art world and a city that was ‘rotten, filthy and disgusting’, as Gauguin’s titular character puts it, Gauguin left his young family and journeyed to the proverbial ...

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‘I invented a character called Barry Humphries,’ the program promised. Beyond his characters, he said, the real man had always lurked behind a mask in various interviews. ‘Tonight you’ll see me.’ And there he was, in mauve jacket and polka dot tie, his features sharp, the voice crisper than ever ...

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The Update - May 22, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

In this fortnight's Update: MPavilion at Monash, La Mama fire, Jessica Pratt makes her OA début, Bill Henson at Tolarno Galleries, Anne-Sophie von Mutter returns to Sydney, Bradman on tour, Anna Carey at LACMA, Hayes Theatre Co Artist Led Initiative, Ronan Farrow at MWF, John Simkin Medal, The Memory Tearoom ...

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