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Jeff Green: illuminating the truth with laughter

Comedian Jeff Green has built his career around exploring the joys and absurdities of family life.

Greg Chamberlain 6:33pm Comedian Jeff Green talks about divorced dads and joking about taboo topics.

Donald Trump 'The Art of the Deal' spoof biopic stars Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp stars in Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie.

Brooks Barnes 9:14am Playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is unlikely to have prepared star to play Donald Trump in spoof.

The Pride: Prejudice remains as twin tales document sexual sea change

Geraldine Hakewill and Simon London star in <i>The Pride</i>.

Jason Blake Alexi Kaye Campbell weaves The Pride from interlaced stories: one set in London in 1958 and the other in today's London. Each story's characters have the same names but radically different expectations when it comes to romantic fulfilment.

Can a computer write a hit musical?

Composer Benjamin Till and lyricist Nathan Taylor, who wrote My Gay Wedding, have collaborated with a computer to create a new musical, Beyond the Fence, which will be unveiled in London this month.

Ivan Hewett A group of scientists and a couple of musical theatre writers are collaborating on a new theatre project that opens in London this month.

Australian Talented Youth Project to perform at Parliament House

Australian Talented Youth Project artistic adviser Liz Lea, left, and project director Jolanta Gallagher at a dance class.

RON CERABONA  The participants in the Australian Talented Youth Project will be performing at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Woodcourt Art Theatre emerges from the lounge for La Mama shows

Woodcourt Art Theatre's Encounter.

John Bailey The rise of the creative economy means that these days anyone with a coffee and a crowdfunding campaign can call themselves an artist. But once upon a time you had to earn your stripes via no-budget backyard shows that you lured your friends to with cheap goon in plastic cups.

Now is Not the Place review: Slippery and transient movement set to auditory puzzle

Alice Heyward's Now Is Not The Place.

Jordan Beth Vincent Now is Not the Place takes its inspiration from scoring; or the way in which choreographic structures can mimic musical scores.

Berg's Lulu: Glorious snapshots of William Kentridge's Met Opera show, but not the big picture

Soprano Marlis Petersen and bass-baritone Johan Reuter perform in the opera the Metropolitan Opera's Lulu.

Michael Shmith The Met is always keen to say there is no substitute for live opera, and there is no better example than this Lulu.

Death of composer Alan Curtis cast shadow over Victorian Opera season opener Voyage to the Moon

Alan Curtis died suddenly before he was able to complete Voyage to the Moon.

BARNEY ZWARTZ The biggest hurdle was emotional for Victorian Opera's cast and crew when composer Alan Curtis died before completing Victorian Opera's season opener just months before its premiere.

Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride depicts gay life in the 1950s and now

Geraldine Hakewill, Simon London and Matt Minto star in The Pride at Eternity Playhouse.

ELISSA BLAKE Casting a show about a gay-straight love triangle? Actor Matt Minto might be your man.

Italian actor dies after hanging scene goes wrong

Raphael Schumacher died after an incident during an experimental play in Pisa.

Justin Wm. Moyer In the courtyard of Teatro Lux, a theatre in Pisa, the performance of an experimental production has ended in disaster.

Nicole Car: the Australian opera diva you've never heard of but soon will

SMH/SPECTRUM.  Portrait of Nicole Car she is a Opera Singer with Opera Australia and is touted as being on the Path to being Australia's next Joan Sutherlaand.  Photographed at Opera Australia's Prop shot in Sydney.  Pic by Nic Walker . Date 1st Feb 2016.

Louise Schwartzkoff A young opera singer from Victoria has risen rapidly through the ranks to international acclaim.

Indigenous dancer Tammi Gissell talks about dance's influence in her culture

Hunter Page-Lochard, second from left,  and Bangarra dancers in Spear.

Michelle Potter Indigenous dance and identity are explored at the National Film and Sound Archive.

The Whale review: sad tale of morbidly obese Charlie puts empathy to the test

Alex Beauman plays Elder Thomson trying to interest Charlie (Keith Agius) in Mormon teachings in <i>The Whale</i>.

Jason Blake The Whale explores weighty themes of religious homophobia, small-town intolerance and self-hatred with a deft touch.

Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied quits as Paris Opera dance director

Benjamin Millepied is quitting as dance director of the Paris Opera.

French choreographer Benjamin Millepied said on Thursday has announced he is stepping down as director of dance at the Paris Opera after little more than a year in the role, citing personal reasons.

Jack of Hearts is a screwball romp in classic Williamson territory

Chris Taylor as Jack and Craig Reucassel as Stu, a sleazeball real estate agent.

Jason Blake David Williamson's 50th play, Jack of Hearts, is a quick-stepping romantic comedy with more than a touch of Screwball to it.

Meeka: Bizarre attack at outback school inspires Dan Walls play

Meeka cast members Keith Brockett (left) and Kevin Summers.

John Bailey A new play called Meeka, based around a bizarre assault in remote Western Australia, is bringing true crime to the stage.

The Little Mermaid by Free Rain launches in National Zoo and Aquarium

Mikayla Williams will play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

RON CERABONA Free Rain's Canberra premiere production of the Disney musical was announced on Thursday.

Sydney Festival shrinks as government and sponsors cut funding

Outgoing Sydney Festival director Lieven Bertels:

ANDREW TAYLOR From a giant rubber duck to this year's cardboard city, art installations were bigger while revenue declined during Lieven Bertels' four years as Sydney Festival director.

Dawn French review: Thirty Million Minutes a life-affirming journey through family archives

Dawn French

SARAH THOMAS Thirty Million Minutes is an inspiring, hilarious and deeply moving journey through the much-loved comic and actor's life.

John Cleese says US college campuses too PC for comedy

New students walk through Lovett Hall during an orientation tour on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. Rice University President David Leebron said the merger of his university, the highest-ranked in Texas by U.S. News & World Report, with Baylor College of Medicine would help it compete with schools such as Harvard University, Stanford University and Yale University. Rice and Baylor have been in formal merger talks since March. Photographer: Craig Hartley/Bloomberg

Susan Svrluga The British legend is not the only comedian to bemoan the humourlessness of US tertiary students.

Physical attacks on staff lead to dispute between Sydney Theatre Company and union

The alleged assault of an STC usher by a patron happened at a performance of <i>King Lear</i> starring Geoffrey Rush.

ANDREW TAYLOR The Sydney Theatre Company has been accused of failing to provide a safe workplace after physical attacks on staff by audience members.

The sound of hope and heartache: 1000 children audition for The Sound of Music in Melbourne

Children try their luck at auditions for the Melbourne production of The Sound of Music. Summer Moore (far right) made it through to the next round for the role of Gretl.

Dewi Cooke On numbers alone the chances are slim, but that didn't stop 1000 musical theatre hopefuls from auditioning for the Melbourne production of The Sound of Music this week.

Theatre director Peter Brook is back at 90

Peter Brook:

Dominic Cavendish British theatre director Peter Brook has brought a pared-down production of one of his best-known shows to the Old Vic.

Back To Back Theatre's Scott Price provokes artists, politicians and activists in interviews

Scott Price is behind a new series of filmed interviews available online.

John Bailey Back to Back Theatre's Scott Price is never shy about provoking people. That's why provocation has been the central theme of a new series of filmed interviews he has conducted with artists, political leaders and activists.

Nick Offerman - Full Bush review: Parks and Recreation star charms audience with country-tinged numbers and Australian material

Comedian Nick Offerman  comes across as a mid-western lumberjack who somehow ended up in Hollywood.

CRAIG PLATT Actor/comedian Nick Offerman, well known to fans of US sitcom Parks and Recreation for his role as Ron Swanson, performs numbers written specifically for Australians that both play up to local audiences while poking fun at his own ignorance.

By George, he could have been Costanza: Adam Hills brings Jake Johannsen to Melbourne International Comedy Festival

American Jake Johannsen will share the laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

John Bailey Jake Johannsen may not be a household name in Australia, but his career includes a record 46 spots on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Lisa McCune and David Hobson join Melbourne production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies

Lisa McCune will star in a Melbourne production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.

John Bailey A new production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies is an "in concert" version at the Melbourne Recital Centre in May.

Lior Suchard - Master Mentalist review: Mind reader charms audience into hypnotic state

Lior Suchard's skills include mathematical miracles and remarkable feats of memory.

Cameron Woodhead Lior Suchard's show is jam-packed with bizarre and inexplicable feats. He can guess a random stranger's first love, or the name a heavily pregnant woman has chosen for her baby.

Cats Brisbane review: Old Cats needs some new tricks

Delta Goodrem may not be the best performer in Cats, but she puts bums on seats.

Nathanael Cooper Watching musical is like hauling out of an antique to be admired.


Cabaret rolls back years

Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.

Different signals

Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.

Heavenly musical tribute

Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.

Madam Pat and all that jazz

Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.

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