Orton’s wildly wordy farce still delights

For those nurturing an enhanced view of the salacious 1960s, the anticipation of Canberra REP’s coming production of Joe Orton’s last play, “What the Butler Saw”, must be sheer delight, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Magical mechanisms’ take centre stage at Belco

The circus world of thrills, chills and spills in 'L’entreprise du Risque' at Belco Arts is an apt metaphor for a world in crisis, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Actors bring humour to a disaster engulfed capital

Despite the doom-ridden premise and strict sanitation measures, both the show and the atmosphere are warm, witty and light-hearted, writes reviewer SIMONE PENKETHMAN.

The Bard on Christmas Island

Playwright Helen Machalias is back at The Street with a developmental showing of “Barren Ground”, her dramatic exploration of the asylum-seeker experience in Australia.

Theatre / ‘Bold’ Richard worth braving the rain for

“Rockspeare: Richard III”, Lakespeare and Co. At Live in Ya Lounge Studio (Mallee Pavilion, EPIC), August 7-8. Reviewed by ARNE SJOSTEDT.

Life-affirming play’s met with a ‘good laugh’

If there’s ever a time where a good laugh is needed, this is it. Karen Vickery’s fine production of this very funny and life-affirming play provides comedy and drama equally, writes theatre reviewer LEN POWER about "Brighton Beach Memoirs".

Lakespeare’s Richard ‘goes like a rocket’

Actor-director Christopher Stollery is in town to take on several small roles in Lexi Sekuless’ “Rockspeare Richard III”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Mike heads for finals with monologue

Local actor Mike Wheeler has been selected for the new World Monologue Games regional finals, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Feel-good’ play centres on Eugene

Canberra REP returns to the real-life stage this week with Neil Simon’s feel-good coming-of-age play, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Richard rocks on in the ‘winter of COVID-19 discontent’

Lakespeare's 'Rockspeare Richard III' will be performed live, restrictions permitting, at EPIC and live-streamed online, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Feel-good play ‘right for the times’, says Karen

"A WHOLE lot of people crammed into the one house – it couldn’t be more relevant,” director Karen Vickery says of “Brighton Beach Memoirs", the feel-good play she is about to stage.

Theatre shock: Stephen Pike retires suddenly from The Q

Stephen Pike, artistic director and program manager of The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, will retire at the end of this week, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Wise uncovers surprises in ‘Blue Poles’

What's happening where… it's all in arts editor HELEN MUSA's weekly arts column 'Arts in the City'.

New theatre chief opens to an empty house

With coronavirus restrictions easing and theatres permitted a limited form of reopening, arts editor HELEN MUSA interviews new Canberra Theatre director Alex Budd.

Canberra Theatre coming to lounge rooms

Streaming service "CTC@Home" has been launched to support local artists, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Review / Online play an ’emotional rollercoaster’

“The Street Theatre has created a hybrid performance between stage and screen that holds and compels attention, “ writes reviewer JOE WOODWARD.

CATs board to close awards after 25 years

After 25 years of razzmatazz, the CAT Awards are to close, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Storyteller Sinclair puts the actor on the floor

Arts editor HELEN MUSA caught up with director Iain Sinclair to talk awards, acting and his love of Arthur Miller.

‘CATs’ go ahead minus the feathers

The annual CAT Awards for theatre went ahead tonight virtually, minus the usual showbiz glitz, sparkle and feathers, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Harriet’s Hamlet will have to wait

Bell Shakespeare’s newest production of “Hamlet” was to have been a sumptuous 1960s-themed show with Harriet Gordon-Anderson in the lead role, says Shakespeare-loving arts editor HELEN MUSA.

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