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Press gallery party time — and Shorten got the laughs

It’s Mid-Winter Ball time in federal Parliament — so who was hot, who was not, and who drank the most red wine?

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The Ring looked more like cheap bling

Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist’s vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.

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The Curtain closes — but we’re over at Daily Review

Crikey has launched Australia’s newest arts website, The Daily Review — the new home for theatre criticism and debate.

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REVIEW: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Theatre Royal, Sydney

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is, above all, a Good Night Out. The Sydney production of the Broadway hit features a winning cast and sounds much better than it looks.

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REVIEW: Motherland | Metro Arts, Brisbane

An untold story about the marriage between a Russian president and a Brisbane heiress is fodder for Kathryn Lyall-Watson’s accomplished new play at Metro Arts.

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Theatre review: Design For Living, Playhouse Theatre, Brisbane

Wesley Enoch’s production ditches the wit and subtlety of Noel Coward’s sexual politics fable in favour of over-the-top farce, writes Alison Cotes.

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REVIEW: Design For Living | Playhouse, Brisbane

Wesley Enoch’s Design For Living strips Noel Coward’s sexual politics fable of its morality play in favour of over-the-top farce. And buries much of the wit at the same time.

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Theatre review: Grease, Lyric Theatre, Sydney

Nothing about this production breathes new life into the hackneyed musical, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

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REVIEW: Grease | Lyric Theatre, Sydney

It’s systematic. It’s certainly hackneyed. Why, it’s Greased Lightening. Again. And with a cast that, frankly, doesn’t do much to revive the ’70s stage favourite.

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REVIEW: The Crowd | Concert Hall, Sydney

The Australian Chamber Orchestra tackles a big theme in a big way in an audio-visual spectacular at the Sydney Opera House.

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Theatre review: Singled Out, Seymour Centre, Sydney

Australia’s becoming a nation of singletons — a topic eight playwrights tackle with aplomb, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

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REVIEW: Singled Out | Seymour Centre, Sydney

Singled Out is a heroic undertaking which deserves more than cynicism and lip-service. And what a coup to remind us of one of the great actors still in our midst who should never have been off our radar. Or producers’ radars.

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REVIEW: Cinematic Orchestra | Hamer Hall, Melbourne

The Cinematic Orchestra played for one magical night during the Melbourne Festival. Every member brought something dazzling to the stage of Hamer Hall.

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REVIEW: The Vehicle Failed to Stop | Carriageworks

Theatre company Version 1.0’s The Vehicle Failed to Stop takes a hard look at corruption and the dehumanisation of war. It is likely to stop you in your tracks and make you think.

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REVIEW: The Shadow King | Malthouse Theatre

In this adaptation for the Malthouse Theatre, King Lear is an indigenous Australian and his kingdom is the outback. The messages inherent in Shakespeare’s original script align powerfully.

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Theatre review: Hay Fever, New Theatre, Sydney

The role of the egocentric, fading actress is perfect for Alice Livingstone, and this production is a fitting tribute to Noel Coward, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

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REVIEW: Rising | Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Aakash Odedra is a light on the hill in contemporary dance, and Rising shows off his exquisite style and light-footedness.

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REVIEW: Hay Fever | New Theatre, Sydney

The role of the egocentric, fading actress is perfect for Alice Livingstone, who has both an apparent penchant and perspicacity when it comes to such characters. This production is a fitting tribute to Noel Coward.

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REVIEW: Hamlet | Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney

Simon Stone has raised The Bard. His Hamlet, typically sliced and diced, is thrilling. And Toby Schmitz is commanding in the lead.

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REVIEW: The Wharf Revue | Glen Street Theatre, Sydney

The Wharf Revue is back, warming up for its STC season with tributes to Tom Waterhouse, Gina Rinehart, Julie Bishop and, of course, The Abbott Family.

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REVIEW: Women In Voice | Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane

For 20 years, Women In Voice has provided a stage for singers young and old in Brisbane. The anniversary series at the Judith Wright Centre unearths more stars.

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REVIEW: The Floating World | Griffin Theatre, Sydney

The Floating World, a post-war time capsule, broke the mould for Australian theatre in 1974. A revival at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre shows why.

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REVIEW: Brief Encounter (Melbourne Festival) | Athenaeum Theatre

Brief Encounter will charm your socks off. The British import production for the Melbourne Festival breathes new life into Noel Coward’s nostalgic play.

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Has ‘colour-blind’ stage casting picked the wrong Thai?

He’s played a French planter in the South Pacific and now he’ll play the King of Siam in another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit. But is the “colour-blind casting” of Kiwi baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes OK?

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Should this man play a Thai king? The (colour-blind) King and I

He’s played a French planter in the South Pacific and now he’ll play the King of Siam in another Rogers and Hammerstein hit. But is the “colour-blind casting” of Kiwi baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes OK?

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