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Jul
15
2017

1984

1984 res

Roslyn Packer Theatre, June 29 7/10 At the risk of sounding like a goon from Pyongyang or Guantanamo Bay, let’s do the torture first. Advance publicity that the torment of Winston Smith was excessively confronting proved something of an alternative fact. More troubling than the implied violence was that the scene has become structurally disproportionate […]

May
15
2017

Breaking Bread

Breaking res

Wentworth Falls School of Arts, May 14 7.5/10 Give eight playwrights the same brief – to write a short monologue with however an oblique relationship to the theme of food – and you’ll get eight very different responses. Especially when, as director Margaret Davies did, you pair each playwright with a specific actor for whom […]

Apr
28
2017

Talk

Talk res

Drama Theatre, April 7 (until May 20) 5/10 Imagine finishing a play partially about truth in the media just as the Trump regime begins unleashing its deluge of lies. Jonathan Biggins must have wondered whether to laugh or cry. As timely as his premise and its implicit questions are, the play feels like an extravagantly […]

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