Tessa Ensler is a criminal lawyer in her thirties. Alone on a minimalist stage, in a black suit and a crisp white shirt, she begins by narrating in the present tense a court drama about an unspecified crime. Narcissistically, she considers herself the star rather than the defendant whom she represents. The gallery, she imagines, thinks ‘Wow. She’s good’ as she cross-examines a male witness i ... (read more)
Steve Dow is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based arts writer, whose work appears across theatre, screen, visual arts and literature in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, Spectrum, Guardian Australia, Vault, and Art Guide.
At first glance, Molière’s The Miser, or L’Avare in the original French as first performed in 1668, contains the seeds of drama. Harpagon, an avaricious father, unceasingly heartless towards his grown son and daughter, and paranoid they will steal his beloved fortune, sounds like the stuff of tragedy; the scenario hints at an old man’s cognitive decline or undiagnosed mental health patholog ... (read more)
Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute, is a staple of Germany’s opera houses, and continues to be frequently produced in theatres internationally. Melbourne-born Barrie Kosky found himself under pressure to deliver a production of the 1791 Singspiel – comic opera with spoken dialogue – soon after becoming artistic director of Berlin’s Komische Oper in 2012. He resisted, insisting the wor ... (read more)