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The force Newton left out: sex in ‘Arcadia’

Director Aarne Neeme is a favourite at Canberra Rep and one of Australia’s leading theatre figures, but he’s never staged Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” before, so he tells “CityNews”. “Arcadia”, one of the mercurial Stoppard’s most perfect dramas, is at REP from this Friday, with an all-star cast both on and off stage. Briefly, In 1809 […]

Courtroom drama “The Burning” focuses on father and son at the Q

MOST theatregoers are well-acquainted with Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and John Whiting’s “The Devils,” based on a book by Aldous Huxley, but now it’s time for Canberrans to see “The Burning,”  by admired local playwright Duncan Ley, opening tomorrow at The Q. Like “The Devils,”  it’s set in the early 1600s, this time in Germany, where a […]

The clash of the blockbuster musicals. Evita v. Mary Poppins

Canberra Philharmonic Society has been basking in the glory of good reviews for “Cabaret,” but just look at the flyer for their big 2015 show, “Evita.” Philo says the performance rights to the famous Lloyd-Webber musical have not been released to amateurs in 20 years, so it’s pretty chuffed at getting them. The show will […]

Sydney Eisteddfod makes a move on Canberra

CANBERRANS can look forward to a free pop-up concert from local performing artists with the inaugural “Spotlight on Stars” celebration to be held at on the lawns of Parliament House on Monday. The event is an offshoot of McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod, which regularly chalks up approximately 30,000 individual participants across 331 events, with about 10,000 […]

Classic farce in drag

IF you saw the “Carlotta” documentary the other night on TV, you’ll know that there are several theories around as to why Australian men love drag so much. Australia’s most famous playwright David Williamson, up-to-date as usual, looks behind the scenes to bring us the character of Brent, star AFL footballer, who’s been caught wearing […]