Review: Eccentric evening of Brecht

“Brecht: Bilbao and Beyond”, at The Street Theatre, closed June 3. THIS is surely one of the most eccentric productions of the season. Largely a tribute...

Review: Superbly-crafted suspense drama

“An Inspector Calls”, directed by Bill Kolentsis for Tempo Theatre, at Belconnen Community Centre. Until June 2. SHOULD we live as separate individuals taking care...

Review: ‘Bel Ami’ (M) ? ? ?

THE titles of foreign-language films of Guy de Maupassant’s novel imply that former army officer Georges seduced the wives of important men to scale...

Review: ‘The Curse of the Gothic Symphony’ (G) ? ? ? ?

FOR 28 years, Gary Thorpe, a Brisbane presenter for ABC Classic FM, nurtured a wish to hear Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony. That was no trivial...

Review: Dancing ‘Birds’ of fancy

DANCE “120 Birds” Concept and Direction by Liz Lea The Street Theatre, season closed. Reviewed by Bill Stephens   REFERENCING the 120 birds Anna Pavlova reputedly toured with her during...

Review: ‘Macbeth’ in sex, dirt and death

THEATRE “Macbeth” By William Shakespeare Directed by Peter Evans Bell Shakespeare The Playhouse, until June 2. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman BELL Shakespeare played “Macbeth” with blood, sex, dirt and death in...

Review: Pearl takes life in her stride

CHILDREN’S THEATRE “Pearl Verses the World” Jigsaw Theatre Company Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, until June 2. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman   “PEARL Versus the World”, played to a packed...

Review: The larrikin musical – with polish

MUSICAL THEATRE “The Court of Swing Caractacus” Presented by Mad Ferret Productions Tuggeranong Arts Centre until May 26. Reviewed by Bill Stephens   MOVE over C.J.Dennis you have a rival....

Review: Taking care of ‘Business’

MUSICAL THEATRE “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” Phoenix Players ANU Arts Centre until May 26. Reviewed by Bill Stephens TECHNICAL problems involving erratic lighting, which constantly...

Review: ‘Carmen’ at a cracking pace

MUSIC “Carmen” Melbourne Opera Canberra Theatre. Reviewed by Clinton White IT was great to see many kids in the capacity audience for one of the most popular operas, “Carmen”...

Review: The musical relationship between Canberra and Brazil

  Canberra International  Music Festival Concert 15: “Bachiana Brasileiras: an exploration of the design of Brasilia", accompanied by Brazilian works, Gallery of Australian Design, May...

Review: Play documents youthful drug abuse

“April’s Fool” by David Burton directed by Lewis Jones, for Empire Theatre Projects Company, at the Q, Queanbeyan until May 17. Bookings to 6285...

Review: Teen love in cyberspace

“I Love You, Bro”, by Adam Cass, directed by David Berthold for La Boite Theatre Company, at The Street Theatre until May 26. Bookings...

Review: Extraordinary unity in NZ ensemble

Canberra International  Music Festival Concert 6 – New Zealand String Quartet Albert Hall, May 13, 2012 Reviewed by Clinton White THE New Zealand String Quartet this year celebrates...

Review: Sounds of Asia – western style

“Inspired by Gamelan” National Library of Australia, May 12. Reviewed by Ian McLean THE National Library of Australia holds the largest collection of music manuscripts in...

When tongues start wagging

THEATRE “Speaking in Tongues” By Andrew Bovell, directed by Ross McGregor for Canberra Repertory, at Theatre 3 until May 19. Reviewed by Helen Musa THIS is a deceptively...

Sweet treats of a musical ‘mousse’

“Friends and Admirers” Selby & Friends James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, Monday, May 7. Review by Clinton White INTRODUCING Stravinksy’s “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano, Kathryn Selby’s...

Review: ‘The King of Devil’s Island’ (M) ? ? ? ½

DELINEATING the moral and ethical dilemma arising when men behave abominably toward people unable to defend themselves, Marius Holst’s film tells about a riot...

Review: ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ (MA) ? ? ? ½

DESPITE several things to quibble about, the 124 minutes of Nicholas Stoller’s film, co-written with lead actor Jason Segal, bring wit and strong performances...

Review: ‘Delicacy’ (PG) ? ? ?

AFTER Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) loses her husband in a road accident, she spends three years working in an office and living a solitary private...




Remembering the brave local lads lost to the region

With the centenary of the signing of World War I's Treaty of Versaille, officially heralding peace (not just ceasefire)it's a poignant time to think on those local bots who didn't make it home, says Yesterdays columnist NICHOLE OVERALL.


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