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Stage

Peter Helliar heads back to stand-up comedy after The Project and It's a Date

Direct approach: Peter Helliar hankers for live comedy despite his heavy TV presence of late.

ELISSA BLAKE 12:15am He does topical TV comedy. He writes scripts with pathos and heart. But first and foremost, Peter Helliar, loves to look into the laughing eyes of a live audience.

Theatre review: The Burning at Everyman Theatre

Confronting: Will Huang (rear) as Frederick Vasolt and Geoffrey Borny as Johannes Junnius in The Burning.

Peter Wilkins 11:45pm The Burning. By Duncan Ley. Directed by Duncan Driver. Everyman Theatre. The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Until August 10.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann seeking passion, not perfection

In demand: German tenor Jonas Kaufmann has a packed diary and is booked years in advance.

Richard Jinman Index here no byline

Mr Kolpert's appetite for destruction

Anything goes: the cast of <i>Mr Kolpert</i> prepare for the dinner party from hell.

ELISSA BLAKE The dinner party from hell scenario is a common device in the theatre. For playwrights, there’s no more economical way to bring together antagonistic characters and have them simmer in the pressure cooker of politeness until someone, inevitably, looses their cool.

Stage and screen

The Flick runs far deeper than a movie checklist

<i>The Flick</i> (L-R) Kevin Hofbauer, director Nadia Tass, Ngaire Dawn Fair and Ben Prendergast cast in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

PHILIPPA HAWKER The cinema and the theatre come together in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play being staged by Nadia Tass as part of MIFF.

Verdi's Aida the next Opera on Sydney Harbour

Milijana Nikolik in a promo shot for the Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour 2015 <i>Aida</i>.

ANDREW TAYLOR The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge may have to play second fiddle to a floating pyramid or wild animals at next year’s Opera on Sydney Harbour.

The Burning gives another generation of talent a chance to shine

Will Huang as Frederick Vasolt and Geoffrey Borny as Johannes Junnius in the production of The Burning at The Q.

Ben Latham Sentencing witches to the stake in 17th century Germany one moment and finishing his HSC trial exams the next is making for an interesting final year at school for Canberra Grammar School student Jack Parker.

Canberra Rep tackles Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

Lainie Hart in

RON CERABONA Director Aarne Neeme says Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a play he has lusted after for 18 years.

Review

Pale Blue Dot has universal charm

A scene from Pale Blue Dot.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Something magical is happening at La Boite, and the sorcerer is Brisbane actor turned playwright Kathryn Marquet.

Comments

DJ Jeff Mills with MSO among highlights of Melbourne Festival program

Up on the roof: Melbourne dancer Lee Searle will perform with US choreographer Trisha Brown's company at the 2014 Melbourne Festival.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON A techno DJ performing with a symphony orchestra; a choir of Slovenian schoolgirls singing as part of an epic theatre performance; a chamber orchestra interacting with architecture ... the 2014 Melbourne Festival program is a hybrid of cross-disciplinary ventures.

Wesley Enoch says arts community leaders are 'whingers and whiners'

Wesley Enoch.

ANDREW TAYLOR Australian theatre practitioners are “weak f--ks” and “a pack of whingers and whiners” who have shirked responsibility to lead debate on social and political issues, according to a prominent director.

MTC swaps lollies for live theatre for disadvantaged children

John Bailey Most theatre fans would argue that a live show is a healthier treat for kids than a large bag of lollies, which is the currency comparison being made by the Melbourne Theatre Company as part of a new initiative.

Ticketing consultant wins Sue Nattrass Award

Patricia Boggs

John Bailey The Helpmann Awards have named the recipient of the inaugural Sue Nattrass Award as Patricia Boggs, a name that may not be familiar to many readers – which is precisely the point.

Stage: Treading the boards

Gillian Murphy

John Bailey Ballet welcomes high-profile guests from four continents to La Bayadere.

They cannot be serious! Theatre targets tennis' biggest tantrum thrower

John McEnroe throws a tantrum at Wimbledon in 1980 in response to an umpire's ruling.

John Bailey The spectacle of a real man gripped by incendiary rage, tomato-faced and spitting fire, is more often cause for recoil than laughter.

Neon season shines a welcome light on Melbourne's independent theatre scene

Helen Morse and Ben Grant in <i>Photographs of A</i>.

Cameron Woodhead The second Neon Festival of Independent Theatre wraps up this week at the MTC.

Theatre Review

Bartleby at the Street Theatre darkly amusing

Young and old: Ben Crowley as Bartleby, left, and Max Cullen as the Old Lawyer in Bartleby.

Alanna Maclean Herman Melville’s short story about Bartleby, the man who "would prefer not" to do what he is asked has been shifted to modern urban Australia.

Musical Review

Tunefully original The Rokitelly Man has potential

The Rokitelly Man: Miles Thompson (as Jeremy) and 
Miriam Miley-Read (Angela) play the lovers to perfection.

Peter Wilkins It is refreshing to come across original work with the charm and appeal of The Rokitelly Man.

Art & About festival puts living rooms centre stage

Easy to bear: Scarlet McGlynn performs in a Glebe home as one of the bears in a version of <i>Goldilocks</i> for <i>Armchair Apocalypse</i>.

PATRICK BEGLEY Sydney actors are preparing to tread the floorboards between TV and couch, lit by IKEA lamps, for a new theatre series that turns living rooms into stages. 

Theatre: Dark Voyager by John Misto

Loaded: Jeanette Cronin, Lizzie Mitchell, and Kate Raison as Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford.

ELISSA BLAKE John Misto's latest play is a glimpse into Hollywood Babylon.

Comedy

Disgruntled fans walk out on stand-up comedian Carl Barron

Comedian Carl Barron.

LINDA MORRIS 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 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 In August Brisbane will host the American Ballet Theatre’s first ever visit to Australia, marking the company's 75th year.

Theatre

The Burning is rekindled

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

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

Opera

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

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

Stage

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

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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