September 2, 2013 11
A review of a new David Williamson play on the life of Rupert Murdoch was written for the Herald Sun -- but it never appeared. What happened?
August 30, 2013 1
Rupert Murdoch came to life on the stage last night for the world premiere of his bio-play. Playwright David Williamson tells Crikey it's a portrait of an ideologue and quasi-politician.
August 20, 2013
Simon Stone's adaptation of the Chekov classic ticks all the right boxes, writes Mark Pearce.
July 16, 2013 9
Australia's most celebrated playwright has written a new work on the life of the country's most famous son. David Williamson talks to Crikey about capturing the media mogul for the stage.
September 4, 2012
Nearly three decades after it first played to Melbourne audiences, Top Girls is back on the Melbourne Theatre Company stage. And it still has things to say, writes Sarah Braybrooke.
November 21, 2011
AFI/BAFTA/SAG/Emmy/Tony/Globe/Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush radiates as Lady Bracknell in the Melbourne Theatre Company's new production of The Importance of Being Earnest, writes Jason Whittaker.
July 26, 2011
He’s been dead for almost 400 years, but Shakespeare still knows how to work a dastardly revenge tale with the Melbourne Theatre Company’s latest rendition of Hamlet, writes Siobhan Argent.
June 23, 2011
The Joy Of Text is ripped from headlines of literary hoaxes and school s-x scandals and deconstructed into a perceptive parable on formal and informal life education.
May 6, 2011
A musical about bipolar disorder? Next To Normalis an unswervingly honest piece of Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre. But miscasting blunts the power of this Melbourne Theatre Company production, says Jason Whittaker.
January 21, 2011 19
After Crikey's scathing review of David Williamson's Don Parties On, the celebrated playwright hits back: he's not apologising for his new play, but he will apologise for his generation.
January 14, 2011 66
David Williamson got to his feet at the premiere of Don Parties On to be applauded, a polite if halfhearted acknowledgement. He smiled contentedly. Williamson is nothing but content. Blithely, indolently content, writes Jason Whittaker.
January 4, 2011
From Shakespeare to Mamet; centuries-old operas to brand-new local works. And in a year that saw independent producers and smaller shows shine, a brassy all-American musical was probably the best of the best. Jason Whittaker names his top picks from the Melbourne stage in 2010.
November 12, 2010
Playwright Tony McNamara's production The Grenade, which was tried and tested at the Melbourne Theatre Company and has just arrived in Sydney, is an enjoyable lark that proves there is nothing wrong with a conventional play, writes Lloyd Bradford Skye.
August 4, 2010
Melbourne's chattering cultural critics can kill two birds with one stone at The Playhouse this month: another unchallenging 'mainstream' (whatever that means) play from the Melbourne Theatre Company, another blunt social satire from the tallest of playwriting poppies, David Williamson.
July 5, 2010
There's a lot to be said for a bit of romantic whimsy on the stage. Two shows from one of America's most celebrated playwrights are enchanting audiences in Brisbane and Melbourne this month.
June 15, 2010
Love and marriage, Frank Sinatra crooned, go together like a horse and carriage. A new play from the MTC, Boston Marriage, demonstrates why. It's a Wilde-esque farce worth seeing.
June 13, 2010
Love and marriage, Frank Sinatra crooned, go together like a horse and carriage. Melbourne Theatre Company's Boston Marriage captures the argument splendidly, says Jason Whittaker.
December 7, 2009 5
On Sunday, a panel of critical women's voices spoke of a "tsunami of discontent" that the Australian theatre industry in general is sewn up by male directors and writers, writes Steve Dow.
October 1, 2009 1
Crikey's tipster who last week expressed dismay at the lack of women programmed in Sydney's Company B theatre season for 2010 was certainly not alone.