Category: culture

Stay Woke: Are you woke or not woke enough?

Fractured sibling relationships are nothing new to the theatre (hums Go Go Go Joseph). Still, the sibling rivalry explored in Stay Woke, playing at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company until 17 April,  takes these broken familial bonds to a whole new…

Spectacular and Divine: Phantom is finally here!

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour present The Phantom of the Opera Now, that was just what the doctor ordered! After repeated bouts of illness, extended isolation, resultant depression, and financial stress, what many of us have needed for quite some…

Maria Stuarda in Concert

OK, first things first.  For those of us who are not operatic doyens, “In Concert” means performed as a recital rather than a play.  So no Tudor sets.  No wigs, crowns or cod-pieces.  No banners, scaffold or axe.  Rather than…

North by Northwest – Hitchcock comes to Sydney

Australians, we are a bloody talented bunch and North by Northwest currently playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre is a prime example of that talent. If you have been following my reviews, you know that I’m quite outspoken about the…

What a way to make a living – 9 to 5 the Musical

You may love your job, but there’s no more fun you can have than working the 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton and her musical, currently playing at the Capitol Theatre. I could spend the following 500 words writing about…

Otello Review

A young woman lies dead at the hands of her new husband in a shocking murder-suicide. Jealousy and domestic violence were issues in Shakespeare’s day, 400 years ago, still present in Verdi’s day, 150 years ago, and are sadly as…

A Chorus Line – Sydney’s Own Thrilling Combination

I’m always worried when companies announce reimagined new choreography of iconic musicals, but after the first eight counts, I was hooked on Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s new production of A Chorus Line. Like many shows of late, A Chorus Line fell…

The Marriage of Figaro

My plus one at the opening night of Opera Australia’s current production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was my husband. He had been wanting to see this particular opera for years. His favourite movie of all time, The Shawshank…

Where art forms collide – The Museum of Modern Love

At the murky intersection of theatre and performance art, the Museum of Modern Love, a new theatrical work at the Seymour Centre, leaves the viewer with lots of questions and not as many answers. I always really enjoy going to…