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August 18, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Sydney Lyric Theatre, August 14 Hello? Is anybody home? Well, not any body. Any sentient, intelligent life? Not much, it would seem, in Blue Man Group. “But what was the point?” I heard one departing audience member ask another. Nothing, beyond an intermittently  successful attempt at refashioning entertainment. Blue Man…

August 16, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Theatre Royal, August 15 Is there a God? Can a play illuminate the issue in any way in 80 minutes? Mark St Germain has tested this possibility with a well-crafted piece based on the hypothesis that a celebrated atheist (Sigmund Freud) and a celebrated Christian (CS Lewis) met in London…

August 15, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Camelot Lounge, August 11 Picture two tango dancers squinting at each other in the noonday sun, itchy fingers keen to shoot it out after one has trodden on the other’s toe. Keep that image in your head while you ponder how Astor Piazzolla may have played cowboy music, or Ennio…