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Disgruntled fans walk out on stand-up comedian Carl Barron

Comedian Carl Barron.

LINDA MORRIS 4:29pm Disgruntled fans have walked out on the stand-up comedian Carl Barron after claiming they had been misled and used as extras on Barron's debut feature film.

Moliere's Tartuffe transferred to a harbourside mansion

His master's voice: Leon Ford (right) plays the lead role to Sean O'Shea's gullible Orgon in Moliere's classic play adapted to a post-GFC Sydney.

LINDA MORRIS 11:45pm A unique Australian translation of Moliere's Tartuffe will have its Sydney premiere this month when Bell Shakespeare Company stages the French farce for the first time.

American Ballet Theatre making historic first visit to Australia next month

Fancy Free: ABT's Herman Corneho,

Valerie Lawson 11:45pm In August Brisbane will host the American Ballet Theatre’s first ever visit to Australia, marking the company's 75th year.


The Burning is rekindled

Jarrad West, left, as the bishop/witchfinder and Jack Parker as his unhappy son.

RON CERABONA 11:30pm Duncan Ley has refreshed his award-winning 2001 play, which will be at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.


Dear John Malkovich, 'Hideous' Sydney Opera House might be sour grapes

John Malkovich and Sydney opera house.

JOEL MEARES But "hideous", John? Only suitable for a circus? Really? Your attack today on the building that has spawned some of the most rewarding Lego puzzles of our time feels, frankly, a bit harsh.

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Settling the score - Sydney's next performance festival

Beasty and the beast: Dancer choreographer Natalie Abbott and body builder Donny Henderson-Smith in Maximum, coming to Performance Space: Score, August 2014.

ELISSA BLAKE After the demise of Spring Dance, the annual winter festival of contemporary dance at the Sydney Opera House, many dancers and dance lovers were left scratching their heads over what might replace it.

Trash and treaure truth revealed during hard rubbish collection


Cal Wilson Curb your enthusiasm when it's hard rubbish collection time.

Doug Anthony Allstars: bad boys of comedy back for more

Vintage violence: Paul Livingston, Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson.

John Bailey Regardless of anyone's affiliations, DAAS aims to shake up their audiences.

Theatre review: Ugly Mugs, Griffin

Steve Le Marquand and Peta Brady in <i>Ugly Mugs</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jason Blake Griffin Theatre, July 23


'Grotesquely violent' Titus Andronicus causes 100 people to faint or leave

Flora Spencer-Longhurst plays Lavinia beside William Houston's <i>Titus Andronicus</i> at The Globe Theatre in London.

PATRICK BEGLEY A particularly gory London production of William Shakespeare's most violent play, Titus Andronicus, has proved too much for 100 theatregoers, who either left or fainted.

Purgatorio explores themes of murder, death and revenge

Rebecca Harkins-Cross Vengeance and absolution have directly political connotations in Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman’s best-known play, Death and the Maiden, in which a former political prisoner seeks justice against the man she believes was her captor.

Mother & Son

Break a leg: Noeline Brown keeps funny bone intact for Mother and Son theatrical role

The cast of <i>Mother & Son</i>: Nolene Brown and Darren Gilshenan

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Mother and Son is being revived for the stage after thirty years, and it seems the old duo have kept up with the times.

Final curtain: Belvoir artistic director Ralph Myers to leave theatre company

Exiting the stage: Artistic director Ralph Myers will leave Belvoir after five years at the helm.

ELISSA BLAKE Ralph Myers, artistic director of Belvoir, will step down from the role after the launch of the theatre company's 2015 season in September.

Macbeth production turns Sydney Theatre back-to-front


ANDREW TAYLOR All the world might be a stage but the view from Sydney Theatre’s performance area is remarkably gloomy.

Sex with Strangers is definitely worth your time

Veronica Neave and Thomas Larkin star in Sex with Strangers.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI There’s a reason great sex is often referred to as “mind-blowing”.

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Theatre piece mixes the mundane and momentous

Nicola Gunn

Cameron Woodhead Nicola Gunn picks up a toy shark and strides out into the botanical gardens to be photographed. Halfway out, she changes her mind, placing the shark gently on a concrete balustrade.

Keir Choreographic Award: Atlanta Eke is not just about the movements

Atlanta Eke, winner of the Keir Choreographic Award.

Jill Sykes Atlanta Eke, a Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and teacher, has won the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award with Body of Work.

World premiere for duo's latest collaboration

John Bailey James Millar and Peter Rutherford's The Hatpin was one of the more exciting new musicals to have been created in Australia in recent years, and the pair's next collaboration is currently enjoying its world premiere at the VCA. A Little Touch of Chaos follows two men who are both trapped by family experience – one has grown up in a cult (Millar's own father grew up in the Exclusive Brethren) while the other's agoraphobia has him confined to his family home. According to Millar, “the idea of smashing the ties that bind and discovering yourself is where the heart of the piece lies.” The premiere comes after a two-year development process and the work plays nightly until Saturday.

Melbourne dancer wins $30,000 choreography prize

Atlanta Eke's playful entry fused performance with video projection, costume changes and extravagant makeup.

John Bailey Melbourne dancer Atlanta Eke has won the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award and its cash prize of $30,000

David Williamson's play about Rupert Murdoch comes to Sydney

Man of words: Rupert Murdoch.

ANDREW TAYLOR Audiences hoping to see the public flaying and beheading of Rupert Murdoch will be disappointed when David Williamson’s play about the media mogul premieres in Sydney.

Camp sci-fi space opera fails to take off

Paul Blenheim, Laura Maitland and Tom Dent in <i>The Motion of Light In Water</i>.

Reviewer: Cameron Woodhead This far-out and wildly ambitious queer sci-fi from Elbow Room bites off more than it can chew, but is worth a look if only because it's so unlike anything else on stage at the moment.

Sondheim musical stalls in second half

Queenie van de Zandt as The Witch and Olivia Cranwell as Rapunzel in the Victorian Opera production of Into the Woods.

Reviewer: Barney Zwartz If this Victorian Opera production had ended at interval I would have called it a triumph of verve and wit, fast moving, highly entertaining and very cleverly directed.

Call to action on HIV more a workshop than a work of art

BalletLab's <i>Live With It, We All Have HIV</i>.

Reviewer: Chloe Smethurst A long and freeform production, LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV feels more like a workshop, or ceremony, or participatory installation than a polished performance.

Guys and Dolls' mix of low lives and high notes still appeals

Verity Hunt-Ballard and Martin Crewes in <i>Guys and Dolls</i>.

Reviewer: Rebecca Harkins-Cross However much the dynamic between 'guys' and 'dolls' has shifted since the hit musical premiered on Broadway in 1950, there’s no denying its lasting impact on romantic comedy.

Christie Whelan-Browne as Britney Spears

Playing up: Christie Whelan-Browne as Britney Spears.

ANDREW STEPHENS Here is Britney, wearing the sort of clothes you'd expect - American trash-glam and probably rather expensive - and she's talking about the paps (paparazzi) and her complicated, symbiotic relationship with them.

Theatre's sexiest bad boys, heroes and seducers

Role in the hay: Tim Walker as Casanova, doing what he does best.

ELISSA BLAKE Don Giovanni is returning to the Sydney stage, but it's far from the only role that sets pulses racing.

He's the toast of Berlin, now Barrie Kosky is back in town

Barrie Kosky.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Barrie Kosky has made quite a name for himself in Europe in the two decades since he left Australia for good, more for the quality of his work rather than for the headline-grabbing provocations that for so many years meant his name was almost always preceded with the ‘‘enfant terrible of Australian theatre’’.

Lunch with James O'Loghlin

Lunch With James O'Loghlin at Punch Lane 43 Lt.Bourke St.

Clare Kermond The comedian cum lawyer then ABC presenter knows a thing or two about reinvention.

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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