Apr
26
2013

Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

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City Recital Hall, April 23 It is no coincidence that the twentieth century’s two decades of greatest creative eruption, the 1920s and 1960s, were also its most decadent. Art and decadence are candid about their affair. Only wowsers think it illicit. Or wowsers and Nazis. During the Weimar Republic’s 14 years war-spawned nihilism soon careened […]

Apr
25
2013

Henry 4

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Drama Theatre, April 20, 2013 John Bell plays Sir John Falstaff with such glee it is as though a life’s ambition is being fulfilled. The two parts of Shakespeare’s Henry IV were always Falstaff’s plays, interspersed with King Henry’s angst over the soundness of his kingdom and the soundness of his son, and Prince Hal’s transition […]

Apr
23
2013

Fury

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Warf 1, April 20  The two aging intellectuals in Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play  are served up on a platter in the opening scenes, quizzed by a journalist (a device she used in Honour). So there is little more to learn about medical high-flier Alice (Sarah Peirse) and novelist Patrick (Robert Menzies), one dark secret apart. […]