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September 30, 2019 / Album Reviews

EVANS IN ENGLAND (Resonance/Birdland) 8/10 Before the tour on which this previously unreleased double album was recorded at Ronnie Scott’s in London, Bill Evans’ mother caught the pianist’s trio in Washington DC. Coming backstage, she said she couldn’t hear her son because Marty Morrell’s drums were too loud. Following no…

September 29, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Drama Theatre, September 13 6.5/10 “What’s so good about putting words together?” asks Henry, a playwright. Tom Stoppard, a real playwright, incorporates reviewing his own writing into what he facetiously – or not – calls The Real Thing. In fact, one could almost review this play entirely using Stoppard’s words…

September 26, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Giant Dwarf, September 11 8/10 Gladys could have saved us all a fortune by having Jade MacRae demolish the Sydney Football Stadium. One note should have done the job, such is the singer’s staggering power. Were anything left tottering, Carl Dewhurst could have napalmed it with a guitar solo. MacRae,…