Nov
10
2018

DEGENERATE ART

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Old Fitz Theatre, October 21 7.5/10 Two highly intelligent American musicians – Joan Baez and Marc Ribot – have told me in interviews this year that Trump’s US is already a fascist state. This exaggerates symptoms of a potential metamorphosis towards fascism, most obviously via racism, scapegoating minorities, discrediting the media, law-enforcement and the judiciary, […]

Nov
9
2018

Alan Ayckbourn’s still trying to get it right – 82 plays on

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Playwright Alan Ayckbourn received his first review at the age of 10, the critic being a fellow schoolboy. Ayckbourn had adapted one of Anthony Buckeridge’s popular Jennings children’s books, and had cast himself in the role of the comic sidekick. Then he contracted a highly infectious disease, was packed off to the school sanatorium, and […]

Nov
7
2018

JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM

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Lennox Theatre, October 20 9/10 Here’s a gentle irony buried in a shallow grave: the play that finally signals the coming of age of the National Theatre of Parramatta is about the premature death of a little girl. In this relentlessly Philistine land it’s unsurprising that Peter Goldsworthy’s 1993 novella Jesus Wants Me for a […]

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