Enormous skills bring ‘Bruce’, the hero, to life

The performers show enormous skill and dexterity in bringing Bruce to life, writes reviewer LEN POWER.

When the rules are made by men

“Sex is something danced around,” says playwright Susie Miller and lots of men have told her that her new play "Prima Facie" was a revelation. Arts editor HELEN MUSA reports...

Comedy opening raises money for MS

A comedy staged by the Lieder Theatre Company in Goulburn aims to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Surprises when Nora returns for a divorce

There are moments of understanding when Nora returns in this curious sequel (“A Doll’s House Part 2”) to Ibsen's classic play, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Two casts, one play and a lot of ‘Pride’ for Kirsty

"When Canberra Theatre director Kirsty Budding announced auditions for her adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, more than 80 young people turned up to try out," writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Hopeless but lovable Bruce

"Low-fi puppetry" is on the way to The Street as master puppeteers Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver recreate an epic adventure of love and revenge around a yellow block of foam with eyes, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Sequel with a strong voice for gay rights

"All in all, it is a necessary sequel to the Matthew Shepard tale that provides a strong voice for the gay rights movement. Highly engaging, immensely worthwhile." writes theatre reviewer ARNE SJOSTEDT of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later".

Stellar cast, flawless play… great night

“The Laramie Project” achieves great things through its stellar cast, surgically precise direction and beautifully minimalist set, says theatre reviewer ARNE SJOSTEDT.

When Nora comes home after 15 years

When Nora Helmer exits the stage in Henrik Ibsen’s famous drama “A Doll's House” the door slam is one of the loudest in history. But there's more to come, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Overwhelming love’ for two Chekhov plays

There often seems to be a synergetic energy between the audience and actors whenever Anton Chekhov’s plays are performed, writes reviewer ARNE SJOSTEDT.

‘Hello Dolly’ kicks off with a handful of fun

“I’ve got 47 people on stage with banners and ribbons," said the director of Queanbeyan Players’ coming production of “Hello Dolly!”, Michael Moore, as he strode onto the stage at a media call this morning.

Whodunit captivates appreciative audience

Agatha Christie's novel "Towards Zero" is a very clever whodunit and arguably one of her best. Tempo Theatre’s production of the play is one of its, too, says theatre reviewer LEN POWER.

Horror hit proves not too spooky

A local production of the West End hit "The Woman in Black" produces a few surprises and raises the hackles, reports reviewer PHILLIP MACKENZIE

Directors teach a love of Shakespeare

AFTER the success of “Twelfth Night”, which was on earlier this year, the artistic directors and co-producers of Lakespeare & Co, Duncan Driver and...

Day of performance to remember Ralph

To mark 25 years since the death of theatre colossus Ralph Wilson, a group of Canberra theatre identities are mounting a grand celebration of his life, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Theatrical snippets barely look beyond laughs

Few pieces in the "Short + Sweet Canberra" program of locally-written and international scripts went beyond the funny side of life, writes reviewer PHILLIP MACKENZIE.

A ‘Picnic’ to scare the pants off you

"Picnic at Hanging Rock" has been called an "Australian horror romance" and now the National University Theatre Society is putting it on stage in an adaptation by playwright Tom Wright, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Milk’ among the cream of the ‘First Seen’ plays

No literary form is harder to write than a play; the dialogue must live, the structure must be tight and the playwright must stay out of the action to let the characters get one with it. It can take years, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Romeo and Juliet: the comedy’ comes to Belconnen

Arts editor HELEN MUSA is predicting craziness and hilarity when “Romeo and Juliet” is retold by Romeo's bitter ex, the fair Rosaline at a new show by a new company in Belconnen.

Great night of nonsense and fun

If variety is the spice of life, versatility must be the icing on the cake and in this case the new production of “Baskerville” has both in spades, says reviewer PHILLIP MACKENZIE.




Moon landing was too slow for ‘Black Jack’

ROBERT MACKLIN remembers That Day in Canberra when the Deputy Prime Minister accused him of being a romantic!


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