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.

Triumph of the lecherous, old skinflint

The farcical comedy 'The Miser' calls for big, fast gestures and tight ensemble choreography – and its call is answered, says reviewer SIMONE PENKETHMAN.

Actors bring the gallery walls to life

Theatre / “The Walls That Talk”, National Portrait Gallery, Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, at 4pm, 4.30pm and 5pm. The performances will run for 20 minutes, followed by an extended gallery viewing until 6pm. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

New scripts come alive at The Street

NOW in its eighth year, “First Seen” is The Street Theatre’s way of creating original performance work, encouraging debate on issues and relationships central...

‘Creatures’ back for two shows

After a recent tour of regional NSW for HIT Productions, Pigeonhole Theatre’s “Playhouse Creatures” is back in town for two nights only, writes HELEN MUSA.

The unflagging thrill of potted Harry Potter

Reviewer BILL STEPHENS enjoys a head-spinning 75 minutes watching "Potted Potter".

The pub with few cheers

Theatre / "Two". Written by Jim Cartwright and directed by Mark Kilmurry. At The Q Theatre, Queanbeyan to April 6. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

Bell’s ‘Miser’ takes liberties with Molière

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews Bell Shakespeare's up coming production of Moliere’s “The Miser”.

‘Seductive’ Bin Laden puts on a persuasive show

Theatre / “Bin Laden: The One Man Show” by Tyrrell Jones, at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, until March 30. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

Monologues with a gay message

EVERYMAN Theatre is about to transform The Courtyard Studio at the Canberra Theatre Centre into a convivial English tavern with a bar, seats and tables for its latest show, “Queers”, writes HELEN MUSA.

Potting Harry Potter pays off for impoverished actors

Arts editor HELEN MUSA talks to actor and writer Jefferson Turner, who's co-creation “Potted Potter” (all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes) is coming to Canberra soon.

Bin Laden play contests stereotypes

COMING to the Canberra Theatre Centre next week is the last thing expected in the wake of recent events in Christchurch — a show...

Audiences go wild for hot property Nakkiah

“Audiences have been going wild; people are hungry for Nakkiah,” says Paige Rattray, director of the Sydney Theatre Company’s newest comedy, “How to Rule the World”, which opens soon in Canberra.

Where big ideas and young minds collide

Canberra Youth Theatre’s twilight performance showcase is back for the second time in early April, reports HELEN MUSA.

Biggins is preaching to the converted

Jonathan Biggins somehow transforms himself into Paul Keating and his success is the subject of a terrific story he’s been dining out on for years, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.




Concert warms up to magnificent finish

Further into the ode the orchestra warmed up and started sounding better, writes ROB KENNEDY.


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