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.
Peter Wilkins 11:45pm The Burning. By Duncan Ley. Directed by Duncan Driver. Everyman Theatre. The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Until August 10.
Richard Jinman Index here no byline
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
PHILIPPA HAWKER The cinema and the theatre come together in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play being staged by Nadia Tass as part of MIFF.
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.
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.
RON CERABONA Director Aarne Neeme says Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a play he has lusted after for 18 years.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI Something magical is happening at La Boite, and the sorcerer is Brisbane actor turned playwright Kathryn Marquet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Bailey Ballet welcomes high-profile guests from four continents to La Bayadere.
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.
Cameron Woodhead The second Neon Festival of Independent Theatre wraps up this week at the MTC.
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.
Peter Wilkins It is refreshing to come across original work with the charm and appeal of The Rokitelly Man.
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.
ELISSA BLAKE John Misto's latest play is a glimpse into Hollywood Babylon.
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.
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.
Valerie Lawson In August Brisbane will host the American Ballet Theatre’s first ever visit to Australia, marking the company's 75th year.
RON CERABONA 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
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.