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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 […]

Nov
19
2018

MADIBA

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State Theatre, November 1 5.5/10 Nelson Mandela’s is one of the great triumph-over-adversity stories. Jailed for 27 years by a regime bereft of morality, he maintained his courage, stoicism and honour, and eventually led his people out of the hell of apartheid. That story deserved better than this hot-and-cold musical. The show’s strengths make its […]

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