Apr
23
2013

Chris Potter CD

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The Sirens (ECM) On his visit here last year US saxophonist Chris Potter astounded some with his level of invention, and was dismissed by others for wanton virtuosity. I was in the former camp, although there are times on this album when I sympathise with the other perspective. Potter is a better player than composer, […]

Apr
22
2013

Stories I Want To Tell You In Person

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Belvoir Downstairs, April 18, 2013  Lally Katz has invented the play you write when not writing a play. Stories I Want To Tell You In Person bubbled into her head when Belvoir had actually commissioned her to write about the Global Financial Crisis. It’s not even close. The only financial crisis is Katz burning her […]

Apr
22
2013

Lenny Bruce: 13 Daze Un-Dug In Sydney 1962

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Bondi Pavilion, April 17 Sydney was not the only place to denounce Lenny Bruce’s liberal use of expletives, blasphemy and drugs. The comedian, meanwhile, could be forgiven for finding Sydney choking on intolerance, bent cops and moral hypocrisy. His 13-day, 1962 visit spawned a book by Damian Kringas and now Benito Di Fonzo’s play. Di […]