Helen Razer

Helen Razer

Writer

MKR recap

MKR recap: Jake's hairdo holds firm as Elle loses her fairy floss

Helen Razer Last night, as we watched family pairs Jake and Elle and Matt and Mick wrestle with food and with each other, we remembered that My Kitchen Rules was also a useful show about family counselling.

House of Hurt

MKR recap: Tongue lashings and whipped kidneys

<i>My Kitchen Rules</i> mystery ingredients challenge.

Helen Razer Back when I was young and my skin had the same ruddy bloom as a beef kidney, I moved out of home to university and into a joint that shared a wall with an interesting business - Madame Cha Cha's...

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Fountain of youth wasted on middle aged?

Margaret Cho.

Helen Razer Youth is a magnificent state and this is why Margaret Cho has no wish to leave it just for the use of children.

Aamer Rahman: The Truth Hurts

Aamer Rahman's show The Truth Hurts. Comedy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Helen Razer Aamer Rahman is a gifted comic who, as hip-hop's old stars might say, rocks the mic. I recommend his show unreservedly.

MKR recap

Babelicious or are we fully sick of them yet?

MKR's Sophia and Ashlee.

Helen Razer Competitive reality cooking programs have given this nation so much. Thanks to a stable of bloodthirsty, bad cooks, we are now able to pronounce words like verjuice, julienne and journey with...

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Horsing around

Couldn't escape old Regret

Matt Preston on MasterChef.

Helen Razer There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around that MasterChef has begun to smell very much like the back-end of an unwashed horse.

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MasterChef recap

Pavlova 'super nova' as complex as landing Mars rover, and for one it's 'all over'

Pavlova roulade a flop in MatserChef reinvention test.

Helen Razer Sarah feigned shock for the third week in a row. And so did I.

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MasterChef recap

Vego to the slaughter in pudding flop

Kylie and Tracey in MasterChef.

Helen Razer Madonna is sadly missing from this reinvention test, writes Helen Razer.

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MasterChef recap

Raw beef? One scallop? MasterChef takes the Myki

masterchef

Helen Razer There are moments in television so unique, they can be described only by use of analogy. And so it was last night as MasterChef The Professionals, set in Melbourne's exhilarating public transport...

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Perfect Tripod: Australian Songs

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Helen Razer Performer Eddie Perfect and comic musicians Tripod drench us in the stuff for an hour of all-Australian song. And, they deliver us by evening's end to safety.

Perfectly on song

Tripod.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Helen Razer PERFECT TRIPOD: AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Voice of a generation

Girls set an impossible benchmark as voice of a generation

<i>Girls</i> creator Lena Dunham

Helen Razer Many viewers, even and especially feminist viewers, hold TV's women to an absurdly high moral standard.

Careful What You Wish For

David Strassman continues to wow his audiences - even if it sounds like we've heard it before.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Helen Razer David Strassman retains a grateful audience that delights in watching the regular arrival of familiar punchlines.

Anti-heroines

Fascinating and flawed

Women on TV

Helen Razer Helen Razer celebrates the advent of nuanced TV roles for women.

Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine

theatre-life

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Helen Razer This hour of documentary theatre sourced from interviews with a sex worker purports to tell us the 'truth' of a trade for which many of us, it is implied, have terrible misconceptions.

Pride Hard

Rob Lloyd in Pride Hard, 
for Dan's story

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Helen Razer While good on paper, the idea of re-enacting the plot of a Bruce WIllis action blockbuster in the style of Pride and Prejudice doesn't look so good on stage.

Dasshoku Shake!

Yumi Umiumare's DasSHOKU SHAKE!

 

 
  
 
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By Vikk Shayen.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Helen Razer To call Umiumare's newest dance piece elaborate is a little like calling the films of Matthew Barney long.

Conjoined

comedy-life

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Helen Razer This hour could be viewed as one of those failed experiments that make successful synthesis by others possible.

Mandaddy

Yon.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Helen Razer The decrepitude of midlife may give us wisdom. What it offers less often, however, is satisfying cabaret.

Perhaps it's time to review the need for reviewers . . .

Helen Razer Music criticism may just have outlived its usefulness.