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Em Rusciano's Divorce, the Musical! comes from the heart

Out there: Em Rusciano is happy to put her story of separation on stage.

ELISSA BLAKE 11:45pm Conceived when comedian and singer Em Rusciano was at her lowest, Divorce, The Musical! had had some pleasing spin-offs for her, writes Elissa Blake.

Canberra Weekender: November 21-23

Staff of the Craft and Design Centre, who are behind the four-day festival DESIGN Canberra.

JIL HOGAN 4:28pm Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Opera review: Don Pasquale an irresistibly infectious comedy of manners

Top showing: John Longmuir as Ernesto, Rachelle Durkin as Norina,  Conal Coad as Don Pasquale and Samuel Dundas as Dr Malatesta in Opera Australia's <i>Don Pasquale</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Michael Shmith 1:34am Special touches musically and with humour added to Donizetti’s enchanting comedy of manners, Michael Shmith says.

Sliding career

NBC joins Netflix in halting Bill Cosby shows amid rape claims

NBC and Netflix ditch Bill Cosby shows.

Lucas Shaw NBC canceled plans to develop a comedy starring Bill Cosby amid new sexual-assault allegations against the comedian and actor. Netflix took a similar step earlier with its own Cosby stand-up special.

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Boundary-pushing US comedian Doug Stanhope wants his Australian stalker back

Confrontational: Doug Stanhope's comedy pushes the boundaries.

KYLIE NORTHOVER The cessation of a stream of emails from a Brisbane woman stalker has finally enabled US comedian Doug Stanhope to tour Australia.

Shortis and Simpson twist classic tunes in We've Got Our Standards at Teatro Vivaldi

A different take: Moya Simpson and John Shortis are having fun with classic songs.

RON CERABONA Shortis and Simpson present their take on some well-known songs, writes Ron Cerebona.

Corroboree comedy

Andy Saunders brings black humour to Corroboree Sydney

Serious laughs: Comedian Andy Saunders in a scene from his online comedy show <i>WhiteBLACKatcha</i>.

ANDREW TAYLOR Comedians Andy Saunders and Shiralee Hood are headlining Corroboree Sydney's Black Humour Comedy Night.

Boy from Oz is back

Hugh Jackman's 'manly' turn in 'The River' a Broadway triumph

Intense: Hugh Jackman has won praise for his return to Broadway in The River.

Patricia Reaney The Boy From Oz takes an intense turn - and the critics are taking notice.

Comedian Tig Notaro cancels Australian tour due to illness

Tig Notaro will return to Australia next year.

BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Tig Notaro, best known for baring her post-mastectomy breasts on stage, has cancelled a national tour for health reasons.


Chelsea Handler loves being the butt of her own jokes

Chelsea Handler.

SARAH THOMAS Chelsea Handler hit the headlines last week for her cheeky - quite literally - spoof of Kim Kardashian's bottom-bearing magazine cover.

Snuff Puppets show Everybody, which we can all relate to

Big hands: Behind the scenes of The Snuff Puppets'

John Bailey Melbourne's Snuff Puppets have long had a reputation for oversized creations - often grotesquely so - but have now claimed the title of the biggest human puppet in the world.

Alex Theatre built on former George Cinemas site offers three new spaces

 New space: The Alex Theatre in the former George Cinemas complex in St Kilda.

John Bailey The Alex Theatre in Fitzroy Street promises its first public events in February next year.

Screening sheds light on Chamber Made Opera project with Kensington Adventure Playground

Child's play: A still from Chamber Made Opera's collaboration with The Venny.

Chamber Made Opera's latest collaboration with Kensington Adventure Playground has resulted in a mixture of puppet and shadow stories, film noir and zombie outings, which will be screened on Friday.

Theatre review: You Must Be An Angel brings enchantment

Hans Christian Andersen.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead A clever mix of slapstick and storytelling entertains but the real delight is the magical table of the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

Scandalous Boy by David Atfield premieres at the Street Theatre

Talking statue: Ethan Gibson in Scandalous Boy.

Alanna Maclean The set for Scandalous Boy is hardly to be noticed as a naked statue comes down the stage and chats to the audience.

Job Pilgrim in style of mediaeval miracle play

Job Pilgrim - Vivien Arnold

RON CERABONA A spiritual crisis in Vivien Arnold's life sparked Job Pilgrim oratorio.

Miranda Tapsell plays Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol

Revelling in it: Miranda Tapsell rehearses for A Christmas Carol.

ELISSA BLAKE After The Sapphires and Redfern Now, Miranda Tapsell is enjoying her new on-stage non-indigenous role.

Lunch with Pamela Stephenson

Pamela Stephenson:

LAWRENCE MONEY An inquiring mind has covered the gamut from comedy to psychology.

Simon Burke: from Devil's Playground to gilded Cage

Change of pace: Simon Burke (right) and Todd McKenney in <i>La Cage Aux Folles</i>.

Peter Craven Everyone first saw Simon Burke in Fred Schepisi’s 1976 classic The Devil’s Playground as the young boy who became the focus for a supple examination of long-ago Catholicism.

Tomas Ford plays an international singing assassin in The Final Chase

Killer beats: Tomas Ford stars in the highly physical one-man show The Final Chase.

MICHAEL DWYER With a voice naturally tuned to "that histrionic cabaret zone" of Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones, the international singing assassin is a role Tomas Ford was born to play.

Vale actor and playwright Phil Motherwell, an inimitable dramatic poet

A true romantic poet: Phil Motherwell (centre) at La Mama in 1986 with Joe Dolce and Daniel Keene.

Barry Dickins Barry Dickins pays tribute to Melbourne actor and playwright Phil Motherwell, who died on November 9.

Sydney Opera House Trust chairman John Symond to step down

John Symond CEO and Founder of Aussie Home Loans.

ANDREW TAYLOR John Symond has blamed overseas business commitments for his decision to stand down as chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust next month.


Cinderella gets a makeover at Sydney's Belvoir theatre

ELISSA BLAKE No matter how many times it is told, there is still magic in the classic tale of transformation.

Theatre review: Requiem for Dalinka is much more style than substance

<i>Requiem For Dalinka</i> is set in a fictional concentration camp at the end of World War II.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross Ben Pfeiffer has a strong directorial vision, but a surplus of style in this play, set in a fictional concentration camp in the final days of World War II, overcompensates for an underdeveloped script.

Belvoir in 2016

Eamon Flack appointed new artistic director of Belvoir

Passing the baton: Eamon Flack will take over as artistic director of Belvoir in 2016 when Ralph Myers steps down.

ANDREW TAYLOR Belvoir's new artistic director promises to tackle his new job with revolutionary fervour.

Justin Cotta dives into Sweeney Todd's heart of darkness

Justin Cotta and Lucy Miller at the New Theatre in Newtown who are performing in Sweeny Todd at the Theatre. Photographed Tuesday 11th November 2014. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH SHORTLIST 141111

ELISSA BLAKE What should the Demon Barber of Fleet Street sound like when he sings? Like one of the Horseman of the Apocalypse, says Justin Cotta, the actor charged with bringing a killer to life.

Hissy Fit reinvent headbanging as a female art performance piece

Whip it: Natalie Randall, Emily O'Connor and Jade Muratore of Hissy Fit will be asking woman to rock out in front of a camera at the Tiny Stadiums festival.

ERYK BAGSHAW Sydney performance troupe Hissy Fit want women to take back the mosh pit.

Disco at Barangaroo

Imelda Marcos musical Here Lies Love to be staged in pop-up venue at Barangaraoo

Disco life: The cast of <em>Here Lies Love</em>, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne and music by Fatboy Slim.

ERYK BAGSHAW Shipping containers, dictators and 3000 pairs of shoes: the anti-musical is here.

Theatre review: Tales of a City by the Sea captures drama of star-crossed lovers amid Gaza conflict

Playwright Samah Sabawi, centre, with the cast of <i>Tales of a City by the Sea</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross Raw emotions propel Samah Sabawi's drama as characters explore the many ways occupation affects Palestinians at home and abroad.

Broadway to Chippo

Tony Sheldon joins Squabbalogic's Man of La Mancha

Australian Broadway star Tony Sheldon will return to Sydney to play Don Quixote.

ELISSA BLAKE The youthful independent musical theatre company Squabbalogic has cemented itself in the top rank of local industry players with the announcement that Tony Sheldon will play the role of Don Quixote in the company's 2015 production of Man of La Mancha.

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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