ABR Arts

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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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot ★★★1/2

Barnaby Smith
Monday, 01 October 2018

As a resident of Portland, Oregon in the 1980s and 1990s, director Gus Van Sant became used to the sight of the iconic and iconoclastic cartoonist John Callahan buzzing around the city in his wheelchair. ‘He was a visible person on the street,’ Van Sant said recently on Marc Maron’s podcast ...

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Metamorphosis (Opera Australia) ★★★★

Michael Halliwell
Thursday, 27 September 2018

'When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.’ It issurely one of the most celebrated, and arresting, opening lines in all literature – very ‘Kafkaesque’, in fact! It was just a matter of time before The Metamorphosis ...

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The Update - September 25, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

In this fortnight's Update: The Calibre Essay Prize is still open for entries; the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission; the Alexander Theatre reopens at Monash University; David Williamson on his new play Nearer the Gods; the KYD New Critic Award 2019; the Australian Short Story Festival returns to Perth; and some giveaways ...

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Peter Grimes (Brisbane Festival) ★★★★1/2

Gillian Wills
Monday, 24 September 2018

Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes – first performed in 1945 (Sadler’s Wells, London) – is an opera about an oddball misanthropic fisherman. On opening night, the audience were primed to engage with Britten’s anti-hero, never suspecting that a real-life hero would soon be needed ...

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Spartacus (The Australian Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
Thursday, 20 September 2018

An impassioned ovation greeted the exceptional, all-giving dancers of The Australian Ballet and musicians of Orchestra Victoria at the packed première of the company’s new production of Spartacus. The familiarity of the story of oppressed slaves and gladiators fighting the Roman Republic for ...

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Evita (Opera Australia) ★★★

Peter Tregear
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

I confess that I do not share the knee-jerk negative view of Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals that many of my colleagues profess. His best works, especially those conceived with librettist Tim Rice, stake a legitimate claim on our attention, if only for their consummate skill in identifying ...

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It is not entirely hyperbolic to claim that for more than half a century, Dario Fo and his partner in life and performance, Franca Rame, were the theatrical conscience of Italy. In a variety of theatrical forms and with a series of different companies, they toured the country, playing to huge ...

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The Update - September 11, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

In this fortnight's Update: Australian Damon Herriman to play Charles Manson in Tarantino film, Australian film The Nightingale wins Venice awards, the legendary Borodin Quartet tours for Musica Viva, AGSA hosts first major Ben Quilty exhibition, Des Cowley on the 2018 Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and some giveaways ...

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Dark Emu (Bangarra Dance Theatre) ★★★★

Maryrose Casey
Monday, 10 September 2018

Bangarra Dance Theatre has been Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company for nearly thirty years. Although the company includes dancers from every language grouping, it collaborates with specific traditional owners, depending on the particular works they are creating ...

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