Mar
28
2018

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

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The Playhouse, March 10, until April 7 4.5/10 Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s most opulent play in terms of both scale and language. Yet its challenging, operatic scope is also a graveyard for actors and directors. Unfortunately this production adds tombstones to that crowded cemetery for Evans (directing for Bell Shakespeare), Catherine McClements (Cleopatra) and […]

Mar
27
2018

Andrew Dickeson with Eric Alexander album

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IS THAT SO? (www.andrewdickeson.com) 7/10 I’d been listening to this for a while, trying to work out what was different. Eventually I turned to the liner notes and press release: it is an all-analogue, all-valve recording, made with the four players in the same room, without headphones. That’s why it sounds different: the connection, the […]

Mar
25
2018

Spyglass Gypsies album

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VOYAGES (spyglassgypsies.com) 7/10 Gypsy music is proliferating like a plague in Australia, the quality swinging between banal and sublime, with both camps including copyists and freer thinkers. That Spyglass Gypsies extricate themselves from the pack is largely thanks to their original songs. These come from all five members, and while each composer has differing quirks […]

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