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Dec
1
2018

THE WHARF REVUE

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Roslyn Packer Theatre, November 15 8/10 That ideological curiosity, Gerard Henderson, used the inimitable John Clarke’s Tory lampooning as further proof of the ABC’s heinous pinko bias. He apparently failed to understand that satirizing people who want a more open and generous world isn’t nearly as funny as poking fun at those who would make […]

Nov
24
2018

A CHEERY SOUL

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Drama Theatre, November 9 7.5/10 Patrick White led Australian playwrights to a crossroads: the stultifying dead-end of naturalism, or the boundless possibilities of rampant theatricality. The latter offered dreams and fancies painted in surreal extravaganzas, and people’s internal and external worlds mingling like mismatched guests at a cocktail party. Alas, naturalism won, and 1963’s A […]

Nov
23
2018

TABLE MANNERS

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Ensemble Theatre, November 8 7/10 For the snide critic to rip into Alan Ayckbourn’s TV-style sit-coms is as easy as shooting ducks on a pond. But that is to miss many skilful subtleties, most notably the shrewd plotting of his plays, brilliantly exemplified by the 45-year-old trilogy known as The Norman Conquests. The interaction between […]

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