‘Whiteley’ gets an emotional response

There is a certain magnificence to Opera Australia’s newly commissioned production of “Whiteley”, drawing to a close in an all-too-short season at the Sydney Opera House, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Awesome orchestra greeted with whooping and cheering

“Almost as one, the audience rose to its feet for sustained applause and multiple curtain calls for the orchestra and its conductor.” Reviewer CLINTON WHITE revels in the Australian World Orchestra.

What a difference a year makes

“Canberra Sinfonia demonstrated with this birthday concert that it is a major force in the Canberra musical scene,” writes reviewer LEN POWER.

Polished performance of ‘Coarse’ comedy

“There’s nothing coarse about this polished and inventive performance,” writes reviewer JOHN LOMBARD.

Movie review / ‘The Best of Enemies’ (MA)

"The Best of Enemies" does just about everything that a message movie should without losing sight of that other element that has nourished movies ever since they began – being entertaining, writes DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Keeper’ (M)

You don’t need to be a soccer fan to enjoy “The Keeper”, writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

King’s choir plays a royally good concert

In a sold-out performance at Llewellyn Hall, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, presented a hugely memorable concert, writes LEN POWER.

‘X’ marks the dining spot

“I’d love to see more local cafés in this new precinct, as opposed to the several large chains that have set up business in the area but it is what it is,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Movie review / ‘The White Crow’ (M)

Five stars for the new film about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s early life. “The whole cast is great. The locations are dazzling,” writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Apollo 11’ (G)

“Apollo 11” is a powerful reminiscence of an event that held the world’s attention half a century ago. So says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. Four stars.

Movie review / ‘Sink or Swim’ (M)

“Movies exploring the human condition serve a worthy function but sometimes fail to satisfy appetites craving entertainment. This is one such.” Review DOUGAL MACDONALD isn’t fussed about “Sink or Swim”.

Inspiring dance program, injected with laughs

The audience at “30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand” laughed at the delightful larrikin twinkle in the animal shapes and cheeky combinations, which bought a welcome injection of humour to this inspiring program, writes BILL STEPHENS.

Uplifting paintings reveal the unseen

Art such as this asks the audience quietly to open their eyes, enjoy what they have and think a bit more about what they're doing, writes JOHN LANDT after viewing Janet Dawson's exhibition “Clouds All the Way”.

Community Chorale sings with promise

This was an interestingly programmed concert from the Canberra Community Chorale, writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD. 

Fine future for the swansong singer

Reviewer CLINTON WHITE see a strong future for a singer who was performing a swansong in Canberra.

Movie review / ‘Crawl’ (MA)

“Before the alligators reach them, Haley is going to get Dave safely up to the roof, where hopefully a rescue helicopter will see them...” “Crawl” is all two-star tension for film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Stuber’ (MA)

“Stuber” is a ho-hum movie in which Stu’s electric car is a recurring motif providing the film with a silent but important comic personality, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Booksmart’ (M)

“Molly and Amy have spent the year achieving stellar academic records, at the expense of social skills. And they decide that they need to rectify that oversight big time,” writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

’Kinky Boots’ delivers the goods

“Kinky Boots” is a feel-good musical and great entertainment. This production at The Q really delivers the goods, says reviewer LEN POWER.

Russian music with a licence to thrill

In their concert, "From Russia With Love", Selby & Friends clearly demonstrated they have a licence to thrill, writes reviewer LEN POWER.

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