Review: Show of promise fails on credibility

theatre “Twelfth Night (or What You Will)” By William Shakespeare, directed by Ed Wightman At Theatre 3 until April 12. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman

Review: ‘Noah’ (M) **

MYTH? Legend? Fable? Allegory? Parable? The story of the flood and Noah’s building of the ark was oral tradition before men, endeavouring to explain...

Review: ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ (M) ****

THE title of UK-based writer/director Biyi Bandele’s debut feature describes the Biafran flag. In 1960, Nigeria became independent with borders not reflecting its ethnic composition....

‘Twelfth Night’ hell-bent on laughs

"SOME are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them," actor Jerry Hearn was intoning on stage at Theatre 3...

Review: ‘Butterfly’, music to the eyes and ears

opera “Madama Butterfly” By Giacomo Puccini, Handa Opera on the Harbour, directed by Àlex Ollé, conducted by Brian Castles-Onion At Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point, Sydney, until April 12. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: ‘Wadjda’ (PG) *** and a half

BRAVO, Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi-Arabian writer/director who learned her cinema craft at Sydney University. Without rancour or compromise, her feature writing and directing debut dispassionately and...

Review: ‘Mr Morgan’s Last Love’ (M) ***

IT grieves me to report that while German writer/director Sandra Nettlebeck has given Michael Caine a sensitive character in a film about the vicissitudes...

Review: ‘Cuban Fury’ (M) ** and a half

WITHOUT performances by Nick Frost as engineering draftsman Bruce, in his youth an aspiring dancer until a gang of bullies beat him up for...

Review: Serious ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ deeply affecting

theatre “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” By Dale Wasserman, adapted from Ken Kesey’s novel, directed by Tom O’Neill At the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, 8pm, March 19-22 and March 26-29. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: Pleasure of the refreshing ‘Onegin’

Opera “Eugene Onegin” By Pyotr Tchaikovsky, directed by Kaspar Holten, conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire. A co-production of Opera Australia with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Fondazione Teatro Regio Turin At Sydney Opera House until March 28. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: Raunchy musical undone by technical challenges

musical theatre “The Witches of Eastwick” At ANU Arts Centre until March 29. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Review: Demanding triumph in recital

music “Weereewa – Voices of the Land” Marcela Fiorillo Larry Sitsky Room, March 14 Reviewed by Clinton White

Review: ‘Need for Speed’ (M) **

WITH what of merit does first-time writer George Gatlin provide his audience enough to sustain their attention for 131 minutes? In the hands of director...

Review: ‘The Monuments Men’ (M) ***

I’VE read much about World War II including the small Allied (mainly Brit) units that went behind the Axis front line to administer well-deserved...

Review: Bliss in Broadway send-up

musical theatre “Forbidden Broadway” Free Rain Theatre At The Q – Queanbeyan, until March 22. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Review: ‘Tracks’ (M) ***and a half

“I PROBABLY looked like a senile old derelict, with my over-large sandals, filthy baggy trousers, my torn shirt, my calloused hands and feet and...

Review: ‘Non-stop’ (M) **

JAUME Collet-Saura’s film tries hard to get its technical bits correct in telling this rather fanciful thriller-action-airline message movie. Message? Well, it doesn’t emerge until...

Review: “3 Days To Kill” (M) *** and a half

THAT many stars for an action fantasy? Why? After the opening production house logos, two words supplied me with the antidote to the media puffery...

Review: ‘The Wind Rises’ (PG) ****

HAYAO Miyazaki’s animated films generally combine innocence, romance, fantasy, tension and palpable affection for his audience. Australia has seen “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Arrietti”...

Review: Musical leap into the unknown

music The Griffyn Ensemble "The Lost Mapmaker" National Library of Australia – Friday 21 February 2014 Reviewed by Ian McLean




Of elections, Greens and Mike Kelly’s choppers

BARELY hours after PM Scott Morrison called a Federal election for May 18, news teams were on the streets of Queanbeyan – the heart of the once bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro – feeling the pulse, writes Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH


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