ABR Arts Theatre

No Man's Land (Wyndham's Theatre) ★★★1/2

Ben Brooker
Monday, 19 December 2016

It was in early 1974, while Harold Pinter was in America and working on a screen adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon, that the originating image of No Man’s Land occurred to him

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Uncle Vanya (Red Stitch Theatre) ★★★

Andrew Fuhrmann
Monday, 21 November 2016

When is it useful for an Australian production of Chekhov to use Russian accents? What does it do to the music of Chekhov, the rhythm and flow of his brisk conversations and long grandiose speeches? And what is the symbolism of such a decision? ...

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Speed-the-Plow (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★1/2

Bernadette Brennan
Monday, 14 November 2016

There has been considerable media hype about Rose Byrne’s return to the Sydney stage in the STC’s new production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. When she does finally appear, as Karen, the somewhat gormless temporary secretary to the newly promoted movie executive Bobby Gould ...

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Web articles proliferate that aim to show the disparity between Donald Trump’s religious sentiments (‘I think the Bible is certainly, it is the book’) and his decidedly unholy behavior (including, but not limited to, numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault). It is from within this space ...

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Faith Healer (Belvoir St Theatre) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
Friday, 28 October 2016

Brian Friel’s play Faith Healer is now considered to be, if not his masterpiece Translations (1980) probably takes that distinction at least one of his most successful works, but it took a while before its sneakily subverted approach to truth and illusion was appreciated. Its 1979 Broadway première ...

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Two Dogs, Dark Chorus, and Lady Eats Apple (Melbourne Festival)

Andrew Fuhrmann
Friday, 14 October 2016

Well, it wasn’t the usual demure Melbourne Festival crowd that piled into the Merlyn Theatre for the opening of Life and Opinions of Two Dogs: the local expat Chinese community was out in force, and the place was buzzing. Two Dogs follows the adventures of a couple of country mutts ...

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle ★★★1/2 (Black Swan)

Vivienne Glance
Tuesday, 09 August 2016

As the director of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dr. Wang Xiaoying states, this Black Swan/National Theatre of China production collaboration is 'an ancient Chinese story, written by a classic German playwright, performed by an Australian troupe', and is a 'collision and fusion of different cultures' ...

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Everyone agrees that the end of George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss is a disappointment. Suddenly and without much ceremony Eliot has Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom drowned in a flood. It's a finale that has baffled and frustrated readers for more than a century and half. Can anything ...

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Twelfth Night ★★★1/2 (Belvoir St Theatre)

Ian Dickson
Monday, 01 August 2016

In his introduction to the Folio Society edition of Twelfth Night, Peter Hall describes the play as a transitional work. Moving on from the light-heartedness of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Twelfth Night Shakespeare mixes grief and cruelty in with the comedy. We are advancing towards ...

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Othello (Bell Shakespeare) ★★★★

Brian McFarlane
Monday, 18 July 2016

Whatever else Peter Evans's production of Othello has going for it, and it has indeed much, the speaking of Shakespeare's verse is outstanding. It is never declamatory, in the way that some famous actors of earlier decades dealt with it. The verse emerges entirely intact, but is always made to ...

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