Theatre

Alice Kessler-Harris: A Difficult Woman

Desley Deacon
10 July 2012

Desley Deacon

 

A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
by Alice Kessler-Harris
Bloomsbury, $39.99 hb, 439 pp, 9781596913639

 

Why, Alice Kessler-Harris’s friends kept asking her, are you writing a biography of Lillian Hellman – a ... More

'Patrick White in Adelaide' by David Marr

David Marr
24 April 2012

By the time I found him twenty-five years ago in the Adelaide Hills, Glen McBride was old, tiny, spry, and ready to boast about his career. I doubt many readers have heard of this little man or know of his pivotal role in the literature of this country. That’s what had me knocking at his door. And though he disowned none of it in the hours we spent ranging over hi ... More

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

John Rickard
27 February 2012

I first saw Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in 1957 in London, of all places. I remember feeling some pride in seeing the symbolic kewpie doll presiding over the New Theatre in the heart of the West End. June Jago’s performance as Olive has stayed with me over the years; Philip Hope-Wallace, the Guardian reviewer, described her as ‘all chin and ... More

The fifty-seventh summer of Ray Lawler’s great play

John Rickard
01 February 2012

‘This harsh, cawing, strongly felt play’

by John Rickard

 

 

I first saw Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in 1957 in London, of all places. I remember feeling some pride in seeing the symbolic kewpie doll presiding over the New Theatre in the heart of the West End. June Jago’s performance as Olive has stayed ... More

A definitive biography of Shakespeare’s great rival

Lisa Gorton
23 January 2012

‘O Rare Ben Jonson’

Lisa Gorton

 

Ben Jonson: A Life
by Ian Donaldson
Oxford University Press, $48.95 hb, 552 pp, 9780198129769

 

Ambitious, arrogant, talented, brave, learned, truculent, and convivial: Ben Jonson was too outstanding, too odd, and ... More

Fiona Morrison (ed.): Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett

Bruce Bennett
20 January 2012

Romantic modernist

Bruce Bennett

 

Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett
edited by Fiona Morrison
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 282 pp, 9781921401626

 

Best known for her poetry and plays, Dorothy Hewett was also the author of novels, short stories and numerou ... More

Michael Keane: Views From the Balcony

Desley Deacon
20 January 2012

The price

Desley Deacon

 

Views From The Balcony: A Biography of Catherine Duncan
by Michael Keane
Macmillan Art Publishing, $39.95 pb, 224 pp, 9781921394577

 

Catherine Duncan looks like becoming the poster girl for Australian women playwrights of the ... More

Jonathan Croall: John Gielgud

Brian McFarlane
21 October 2011

One man in his time

Brian McFarlane

 

John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star
by Jonathan Croall
Methuen Drama, $75 hb, 688 pp, 9781408131060

 

As the dust settles on twentieth-century acting giants, and reputations are appraised, it is at least argua ... More

Brian McFarlane reviews 'On Shakespeare' by John Bell

Brian McFarlane
27 September 2011
Others abide our question. Thou art free.
We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge.
(Matthew Arnold, ‘Shakespeare’)

When Arnold wrote his famous sonnet, he could have been anticipating John Bell’s book, which repeatedly asks provocative questions about the man and the work that have been his ... More

Richard Eyre: Talking Theatre

Michael Morley
04 May 2011

Symphony of histrionic voices

Michael Morley

 

Talking Theatre: Interviews with Theatre People
by Richard Eyre
Nick Hern Books (New South), $49.95 hb, 349 pp, 9781848420465

 

One of many dangers lying in wait for the writer (and reader) of theatre-insi ... More

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