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Mar
1
2013

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Belvoir Street, February 27, 2013 Tennessee Williams crafted two endings for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The original tied no loose ends and had no pat outcomes. The second, suggested by Elia Kazan (who directed the initial 1955 Broadway production), offered the audience reassuring rays of hope. Thankfully Simon Stone’s production restores the playwright’s […]

Feb
1
2013

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

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 […]