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Feb
1
2013

A Masked Ball

A Masked Ball

Joan Sutherland Theatre, January 30, 2013.  The avant-garde has a way of becoming the mainstream: just add time. In 50 years Surrealism went from outraging the bourgeoisie to fuelling advertising. In 1989 Spain’s Alex Ollé and his La Fura dels Baus company stormed Sydney Festival with Suz/O/Suz, and now he is one of the gatekeepers, […]

Feb
1
2013

Blood Wedding

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STC Wharf 1, August 5, 2011  Death haunts every word of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding. It hangs in the air, waiting to break upon the characters like red rain. There is no suspense about it; rather it has all the inevitability of ritual, played over and over, darkening lives, but also intensifying them.  A […]

Jan
31
2013

South Pacific

Lisa McCune as Nellie Forbush with the boys of Opera Australia's SOUTH PACIFIC Photo by Jeff Busy

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, August 11, 2012  Musicals never demand we fully believe in what is unfolding, but if performed brilliantly they do allow us to suspend disbelief. Opera Australia’s South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher (based upon his New York Lincoln Center Theatre production) certainly hits that mark.  Anchoring it is the […]