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August 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Medicated Spirits (Orange) Rock has a knack for hanging on to the various styles from across its history. Everything from rockabilly to heavy metal and punk has been sustained by successive generations of players and fans. Among the threads is a subsection of pop-rock that we might call the “charm…

August 19, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Joan Sutherland Theatre, August 17 Most great narrative art is based on the same premise: depicting love in a pressure-cooker. Puccini’s Tosca is one of the ultimate music-based explorations of love as passion, as jealously, as affection, as protection, as sacrifice and as unbearable loss. John Bell makes an august…

August 18, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Sydney Lyric Theatre, August 14 Hello? Is anybody home? Well, not any body. Any sentient, intelligent life? Not much, it would seem, in Blue Man Group. “But what was the point?” I heard one departing audience member ask another. Nothing, beyond an intermittently  successful attempt at refashioning entertainment. Blue Man…