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.
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.
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.
RON CERABONA 11:30pm Duncan Ley has refreshed his award-winning 2001 play, which will be at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.
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.
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.
Cal Wilson Curb your enthusiasm when it's hard rubbish collection time.
John Bailey Regardless of anyone's affiliations, DAAS aims to shake up their audiences.
Jason Blake Griffin Theatre, July 23
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.
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
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.
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.
ANDREW TAYLOR All the world might be a stage but the view from Sydney Theatre’s performance area is remarkably gloomy.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI There’s a reason great sex is often referred to as “mind-blowing”.
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.
Jill Sykes Atlanta Eke, a Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and teacher, has won the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award with Body of Work.
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. vca-mcm.unimelb.edu.au
John Bailey Melbourne dancer Atlanta Eke has won the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award and its cash prize of $30,000
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ELISSA BLAKE Don Giovanni is returning to the Sydney stage, but it's far from the only role that sets pulses racing.
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’’.
Clare Kermond The comedian cum lawyer then ABC presenter knows a thing or two about reinvention.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI Spring Hill will soon be alive with the sound of music.
Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.
Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.
Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.
Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.