Category: culture

The Misanthrope – Fun, Laughter and Fabulous Queerism

Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare’s latest co-production, The Misanthrope, transposes Molière’s satire of ill-manners, hypocrisy, and prudishness, into contemporary Australian queer culture. It is a fun, funny frolick, in the vain of a mardigras float, and almost as shallow….

The Turk in Italy – Modern Aussie Opera

The Turk in Italy is not one of Rossini’s best known or best received operas, but this risqué OA production is sure to entertain most. (Just don’t take your kids or your prudish mother-in-law.) Director Simon Philips premiered this playful…

Electric Castle Festival 2018 – Romania

Personally, I would say Romania is an unknown quantity for most Australians. Beyond Dracula and historical facts garnered via Vlad (What We Do In The Shadows) most Australians wouldn’t have the foggiest about the country, the culture or the people….

Aida – More is More as Opera Australia Enters the Digital Age

Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini debuted the company’s first digital work on Wednesday night, 18 July. A grand scale is expected in Verdi’s Egyptian epic, Aida, and hence it is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the immeasurable possibilities of…

Regina Spektor – Quirkier Than Ever

For the first time since 2012, Russian-born, New York based singer songwriter Regina Spektor graced Australian shores and gave fans a special live performance “in the round” at Sydney Opera House this Monday July 9. Whether it was jet lag,…

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Rolling Stone At Seymour Centre – The Plus Ones Sydney

The stage is starkly empty. Sam (Damon Manns) and Dembe (Elijah Williams) sit opposite each other. Even in the silence, it’s clearly a date. Sam asks Dembe if he feels like they’re being watched, and a titter runs through the…

Verdi’s Rigoletto – Gripping Theatre, Unforgettable Tunes

Opera Australia is currently staging Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto at Sydney Opera House. This is a night at the opera not to be missed. If ever there was an opera I would wish to watch over and over again as my Groundhog…

Review of Lucia Di Lammermoor

Opera Australia’s current production of Donizetti’s canonical opera, Lucia Di Lammermoor, is not to be missed, especially by anyone who loves a good tragedy. We’re talking Shakespearean scale tragedy – forbidden love, betrayal, madness, murder and suicide. Could it get…

Ballet Preljocaj’s “Snow White” – The fairest ballet of them all

Ballet Preljocaj’s “Snow White” is a deliciously seductive production. One woman jealous of another’s beauty, an enchanted mirror, a poisoned apple, and seven friendly dwarves. An unquestionably good recipe for a dark and daring contemporary ballet, it’s the age-old fairytale…

Sydney Comedy Festival: Rhys Nicholson – Seminal

If you like your comedy quick, sharp and sassy then you would be hard pressed to find anything better than Rhys Nicholson’s new show Seminal. Rhys has been gaining popularity on the circuit for a few years now. He stands…