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July 6, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Lennox Theatre, June 25 4/10 Where’s my hammer? Glass walls between actors and audience have plagued Sydney stages since Benedict Andrew’s malformed Belvoir production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? 12 years ago. If alienating audiences is the point of theatre, then, yes, glass walls are the ultimate coup, but…

July 4, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, June 22 8.5/10 Joseph Tawadros gave an equally jokey and insightful musicological lesson when he and his percussionist brother, James, rejoined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra following the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony in G minor (K183). After his oud and James’s req (small tambourine) duetted on a brief…

July 1, 2019 / Album Reviews

OLD NEW BLUES (www.timrollinson.com) 3.5 stars There’s a frightful phenomenon that inhabits elevators and airports called smooth jazz, the perpetrators of which should have turned their hands to hanging wallpaper rather than making music. This is not say classy jazz can’t be made while cruising own a road devoid of…