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Dark Emu has some excellent dancing but not a strong enough structure

Dark Emu has some excellent dancing but not a strong enough structure

Bruce Pascoe's book doesn't translate very well from page to stage but Bangarra's dancers showed poise and commitment throughout.

  • by Michelle Potter

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Disturbing farce blurs the thin line between comedy and tragedy
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Disturbing farce blurs the thin line between comedy and tragedy

Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June is a an uncompromising condemnation of alpha male aggression.

  • by Peter Wilkins
Secrets and surprises revealed in a well-paced and moving production
Canberra life

Secrets and surprises revealed in a well-paced and moving production

Director Denny Lawrence's understated production of Hannie Rayson's Hotel Sorrento has strong ensemble work and, eventually, emotional fireworks.

  • by Alanna Maclean
Thrilling battle of wills builds superbly in tension and anticipation
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Thrilling battle of wills builds superbly in tension and anticipation

Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland is given an excellent production by Pigeonhole Theatre with two superb actors in Karen Vickery and Lachlan Ruffy.

  • by Peter Wilkins
A compelling and engrossing examination in dance of rhythms in nature
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A compelling and engrossing examination in dance of rhythms in nature

Australian Dance Theatre's latest work is poetic, elemental, ritualistic, and even operatic in the intense theatricality that pervades it.

  • by Michelle Potter
An affectionate and enjoyable comic nod to old-time live radio
Canberra life

An affectionate and enjoyable comic nod to old-time live radio

Canberra Repertory Society presents a loving showcase of soap, science fiction, surreal British comedy and more in this loving tribute.

  • by Alanna Maclean
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Vigorous and ultimately moving treatment of a descent into madness
Canberra life

Vigorous and ultimately moving treatment of a descent into madness

This adaptation of Gogol's story Diary of a Madman is absorbing and thought-provoking.

  • by Alanna Maclean
Mother smothers, but daughters are lost in MTC House of Bernarda Alba

Mother smothers, but daughters are lost in MTC House of Bernarda Alba

For this play to work at its best, you have to believe in the daughters' dilemma - and that's where this production falls short.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Adrenalin-fuelled production of a Jane Austen classic is full of fun
Canberra life

Adrenalin-fuelled production of a Jane Austen classic is full of fun

State Theatre Company South Australia's Sense & Sensibility tells the classic story while injecting plenty of verve and wit.

  • by Peter Wilkins
A hugely enjoyable production of audience favourite The Merry Widow
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A hugely enjoyable production of audience favourite The Merry Widow

The Australian Ballet's production of The Merry Widow has great tunes, comedy, romance, beautiful sets and costumes, and spectacular dancing.

  • by Michelle Potter
Jonathan Pie review: Blistering attacks on both sides of politics

Jonathan Pie review: Blistering attacks on both sides of politics

The angry British TV reporter created by actor Tom Walker has become a viral sensation for his erudite rants about the state of UK and world politics.

  • by Craig Platt