John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

September 18, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Roslyn Packer Theatre, August 31 7/10 Unlike with a Sydney apartment building, you can see that this play has been well-built. You can sense it has been measured and fitted and slotted together until the joins are almost invisible. Almost. Julia Leigh’s play about the trade in hope that, for…

September 14, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Playhouse, August 30 If you’re desperate to hold any Shakespeare up to a dreamlike distorting mirror, Titus Andronicus is the one. It’s already a carnival of grotesques; of blood, murder and mutilation on a heroic scale. Thirteen die during the show and another is condemned, and director Adena Jacobs (for…

September 13, 2019 / Album Reviews

NOCTURNE (facebook.com/Oblivion-Tango-Duo) 8/10 Do dynamics shape any other musical idiom to the extent that they do tango? It’s this ability to swell a melodic line to just the right crescendo, then drop it back to precisely the right softness, that lends tango its almost exaggerated sense of drama. But if…