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May 16, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Roslyn Packer Theatre, May 3 5.5/10 Truth can be even more elusive on a stage than in politics. Some plays are heightened in search of a much deeper truth than mere naturalism can ever hope to dispense. Tennessee Williams wrote lines for his three main characters in Cat on a…

May 15, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

National Gallery of Australia, April 27 8.5/10 It’s widely thought to be the greatest play ever penned, and some consider it the pinnacle of the western canon, period. Yet despite its intellectual breadth, psychological depth and sheer length, Hamlet’s only females are a queen who marries her husband’s murderer with…

May 13, 2019 / Features

Given the hatred that continually blisters relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews, Goran Bregovic could have been forgiven for making his most recent album, which partly addresses the musical cultures of those three religions, one of laments. In fact the mood of Three Letters from Sarajevo is mostly celebratory, but…