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How Marc Maron - a once angry comic with a coke habit - became the Barbara Walters of podcasts

Comedian Marc Maron has built up a huge audience to his WTF podcast in the US, and even had an interview with President Obama in his garage where he records it.

Geoff Edgers 5:26am Just before noon, hundreds of eager attendees, some paying as much as $US2000 ($2758) for "4 Days of Inspiring Events," pile into a ballroom in Boston's convention centre for the main attraction of INBOUND's Thursday program. The masses have come for comedian and podcaster Marc Maron

Top 10 Sydney Festival acts to catch

<em>La Verita</em> delves into the world of Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

ELISSA BLAKE Prepare to open your eyes, ears and imagination as key Sydney Festival events fire up this summer.

NAISDA dancer Ryan Pearson sets sights on New York

Ryan Pearson.

ELISSA BLAKE Ryan Pearson grew up dancing to pop videos in front of the television with his four older sisters in Taree.

Review: The Chain Bridge at The Street Theatre, Canberra

Geraldine Turner's mask-like makeup reinforces her reticence in The Chain Bridge.

Alanna Maclean There are thought-provoking moral dilemmas at the heart of The Chain Bridge.

Back from Broadway, Hugh Jackman is home

Hugh Jackman in his show <i>Broadway to Oz</i>.

Dewi Cooke Hugh Jackman can't forget that once upon a time he wasn't considered much of a singer.

Speaking up

A Midsummer's Nightmare: Open Cage Ensemble tells Erika Gelzinnis' story

Erika Gelzinnis: 'I realised it was actually great theatre.'

NICK GALVIN Staging a play is nerve-racking enough under any circumstances. But trying to produce a play from a psychiatric hospital after an acute mental health episode dials up that stress almost to intolerable levels.

Hothouse Theatre: getting up close and personal in the regions

The cast of Hothouse Theatre company's <i>Between the Clouds</i> (from left) Lewis Stanley, Ayesha Harris-Westman, Georgie Currie, Christine Miles, Claudia Grenfell-Uijland and Paddy Brown.

ELISSA BLAKE Making theatre in regional Australia requires getting up close and personal with the audience. It's no place for the auteur, says Hothouse Theatre's new artistic director Lyn Wallis.

Controversial French choreographer Xavier Le Roy comes to Dancehouse

Xavier Le Roy trained as a molecular biologist before turning to dance.

John Bailey French choreographer Xavier Le Roy will be in residence at Dancehouse.

Barry Dickins remembers last man hanged in Ryan at La Mama

Writer Barry Dickins creates a haunting monologue in Ryan.

John Bailey Melbourne writer Barry Dickins ' Ryan stars Syd Brisbane.

All-female cast takes on 12 Angry Men

Pia Miranda (pictured in TV's Wentworth) will join a reading of 12 Angry Men.

John Bailey Noeline Brown, Pia Miranda and Robyn Arthur have volunteered their services for a special fundraising event this weekend.

Big West Festival review: Home is where the art is

Jessica Wilson's Dwelling transforms from bedroom to kitchen and, at one point, a river.

Owen Richardson Performers enact wordless vignettes of homecoming and being forced from home.

Review: Don’t Dress For Dinner, Canberra Repertory Society

Robert de Fries gasps in horror with, from left, Michelle Cooper and Natalie Waldron.

Peter Wilkins If laughter is the best medicine then Don't Dress for Dinner is the ideal remedy for the furrowed frown.

Musical review: Jerry's Girls

Nancye Hayes in 'Jerry's Girls'.

Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead Tailored to the offstage personas of each of its eleven leading ladies, this production of Jerry's Girls feels fresh and improvised.

Opera Review: The Elixir of Love

Rachelle Durkin as Adina.

Reviewed by Michael Shmith Matthew Barclay's revival of Simon Phillips' 2001 production of Donizetti's comedy updates the action from the bucolic Italy of the 1830s to rural Australia; this back-of-Bourke L'elisir d'amore is The Thorn Birds.

Three girls – lucky me! says Geoffrey Rush as he plays in King Lear

Geoffrey Rush and his stage daughters (from left) Eryn Jean Norvill, Helen Buday and Helen Thomson are exploring the workings of one of Shakespeare's most dysfunctional families.

ELISSA BLAKE Geoffrey Rush is drawing on the mischievous as he prepares for the demanding role of King Lear.

Secret Sydney

Robyn Nevin's secret Sydney

Actor Robyn Nevin at Bennelong restaurant.

NICOLE ELPHICK From an eccentric boarding house to dining at Bennelong, the acting great shares her most memorable haunts.

Dame Julie Andrews shines a light on My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House

Julie Andrews in Sydney.

PETER MUNRO Dame Julie Andrews prepares to direct the 60th anniversary production of one of her most famous musicals.

The divine Nancye Hayes: Australia's equivalent of Broadway royalty

The CV of singer and actress Nancye Hayes is studded with starring roles.

KERRIE O'BRIEN To say Nancye Hayes is Australia's equivalent of Broadway royalty is something of an understatement.

Dancing with the Stars

Bindi Irwin set to compete in Dancing With The Stars finals, but is she any good?

Bindi has been comfortably slipping in and out of the showgirl act.

Jordan Vincent We ask one of our dance critics whether Bindi and partner Derek deserve all those perfect scores.

Why an opera singer's penis is worth more than a dancer's

Tease: The Sydney Theatre Company dangled the prospect of Geoffrey Rush appearing nude in <i>King Lear</i>.

ANDREW TAYLOR Most men will tell you their penis is priceless. But on the opera stage the family jewels are worth $67.62.

Henry V review: Royal Shakespeare Company production sleek, fluent, full of action

Dazzler: Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry V conveys the moody rage of Shakespeare's most starry monarch.

Peter Craven In this swift, gorgeous-looking Henry V, Alex Hassell successfully conveys the likeability and the moody rage of Shakespeare's most starry monarch.

Sydney Dance Company's New Breed gets down and dirty

Choreographer Kristina Chan in SDC's <i>New Breed.</i>

ELISSA BLAKE Sydney Dance Company dancers get a chance to experiment with acting, storytelling and improvising in this New Breed showcase for first-time and emerging choreographers.

Grey Gardens the musical - a riches to rags story with a Kennedy connection

Beth Daly and Maggie Blinco in Grey Gardens at the Seymour Centre.

ELISSA BLAKE Playing real people is no easy task, says performer Beth Daly.

Four child leads are named for the Melbourne 2016 season of Matilda The Musical

Left to right: Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett and Ingrid Torelli are all playing the lead role in the Melbourne season of Matilda The Musical.

ANNABEL ROSS The four girls chosen out of thousands to play the lead in the Melbourne season of Matilda The Musical next year will have to put aside their excitement to become solemn and bookish.

National Theatre of Parramatta launches and aims to give all Australians a voice

L-R Joanne Kee, Annette Shun Wah,  and Paula Abood are members of a new theatre company, the National Theatre of Parramatta, in Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney. 18th November 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

ELISSA BLAKE The new National Theatre of Parramatta aims to give all Australians a voice on stage. "What we usually see on Sydney stages does not reflect the nation as it is in terms of its cultural diversity, or in terms of age, gender or sexuality. We want to change that."

Don't Dress For Dinner by Canberra Repertory Society at Theatre 3

Robert de Fries and Natalie Waldron get up close and personal.

RON CERABONA Infidelity, mistaken identities and escalating panic are all part of the mix in Canberra Rep's next production.

Leo Schofield launches bombs at arrogant artistic directors, self-indulgent artists

At lunch with Leo Schofield at The Bridge Room. 20th March 2015
Photo Dallas Kilponen

ANDREW TAYLOR Respected arts figure Leo Schofield has attacked artistic directors for arrogantly planning programs that lack audience appeal and favour quantity over quality.

Underground and overwhelmed: Opera in the Reservoir a wellspring of surprise

Tenor Glenn Lorimer delivers arguably the most famous opera song of our time.

Gabrielle Costa Ever wondered what it would be like to listen to classic opera pieces, performed live in the bowels of a long-disused, little-known Brisbane water reservoir?

A strange and awkward interview: Interrogating Catastrophe star Rob Delaney for The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions

Who me? Rob Delaney is coming to Melbourne for The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions at the Wheeler Centre.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON US comedian Rob Delaney likes asking difficult questions. But does he enjoy answering them?

Pop-up Public Theatre in Canberra by Aspen Island Theatre Company

Actor Mary Helen Sassman.

RON CERABONA For the next two weeks Civic Square will be transformed into the modern equivalent of a Greek amphitheatre - but the content will be decidedly modern.

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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