Topic archives: theatre

Big companies tour more, do they? George bungles the arts again

Big companies tour more, do they? George bungles the arts again

August 20, 2015 6

It makes sense to fund major arts companies and not small ones because the large ones do most of the touring, says Arts Minister George Brandis. Except that is blatantly false. Crikey arts writer Ben Eltham and Crikey intern Joely Mitchell crunch the numbers.

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

March 10, 2015

What to do when "an extraordinary disappointment" in your review becomes "Extraordinary!" on the side of the theatre.

Stripping all pretension and saying Yes to prog

Stripping all pretension and saying Yes to prog

November 20, 2014 1

Boom Crash Opera guitarist Peter Farnan decides to give prog another go.

A class act: how Cate Blanchett saved STC

A class act: how Cate Blanchett saved STC

June 27, 2014

Cate Blanchett charmed a packed house in Sydney last night, as part of her interview with Anne Summers.

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to <em>Crikey</em>)

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

November 8, 2013 6

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

The naked truth far less sexy than media furore at Flinders

The naked truth far less sexy than media furore at Flinders

August 27, 2013 3

When a student complained about being "forced" to appear naked on stage, all hell broke loose. Flinders University academic and theatremaker Julian Meyrick peels back the madness to find the truth.

Theatre review: <em>The Cherry Orchard</em>, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

Theatre review: The Cherry Orchard, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

August 20, 2013

Simon Stone's adaptation of the Chekov classic ticks all the right boxes, writes Mark Pearce.

Theatre review: <em>Blue Man Group</em>, Lyric Theatre, Sydney

Theatre review: Blue Man Group, Lyric Theatre, Sydney

August 20, 2013

The infamous performance troupe isn't too cerebral, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke

Rupert the ‘insignificant hunchback’? Williamson on Murdoch’s cabaret

Rupert the ‘insignificant hunchback’? Williamson on Murdoch’s cabaret

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.

What’s old is new again? The debate setting theatre on fire

What’s old is new again? The debate setting theatre on fire

June 24, 2013

There's a fierce debate on the Australian stage over classic texts, original plays and the blurry line between the two. Theatremaker and La Boite artistic director David Berthold hopes it inspires better writing.

Theatre review: <em>Carmen</em> — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Theatre review: Carmen — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

April 2, 2013

It's as good as Carmen can be, indoors or out. Opera Australia's Sydney Harbour spectacle might not be pure, but it's a visual feast and the performers are world-class, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Theatre review: <em>Penelope</em> — TheatreWorks, Melbourne

Theatre review: Penelope — TheatreWorks, Melbourne

April 2, 2013

Irish playwright Enda Walsh wrestles Beckett, Joyce and Homer and comes out a little worse for wear in Red Stitch's Penelope, says Sarah Braybrooke, despite some winning (near-naked) performances.

Theatre review: <em>The Addams Family</em> — Capitol Theatre, Sydney

Theatre review: The Addams Family — Capitol Theatre, Sydney

April 2, 2013

They're creepy and they're kooky, and the Australian players really dazzle. The Addams Family, a moderate hit on Broadway, arrives in Sydney in perfect working order, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Theatre review: <em>Liberty Equality Fraternity</em> — Ensemble Theatre, Sydney

Theatre review: Liberty Equality Fraternity — Ensemble Theatre, Sydney

February 25, 2013

Mother and Son writer Geoffrey Atherden goes over old ground for his new free-wheeling play on our scared contemporary society. But a terrific cast makes it seem fresh, says Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Theatre review: <em>Beautiful Thing</em> — Reginald Theatre, Sydney

Theatre review: Beautiful Thing — Reginald Theatre, Sydney

February 25, 2013

There are few dramas held more dearly to queer theatre-goers than Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing, which celebrates its 20th anniversary at this year's Sydney Mardi Gras. Lloyd Bradford Syke was moved.

Theatre review: <em>Mrs Warren’s Profession</em> — Wharf 1, Sydney

Theatre review: Mrs Warren’s Profession — Wharf 1, Sydney

February 25, 2013

Sydney Theatre Company go back to the dusty pages of George Bernard Shaw's work to find little-performed Mrs Warren's Profession. It's a witty, non-challenging escape.

2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

December 21, 2012 14

What was the best film of 2012? The best TV show? The book you have to read, the video game you have to play, the album you have to download, the theatre you should have seen? Crikey picks the best.

Theatre reviewer’s curtain call shows bare stage of criticism

Theatre reviewer’s curtain call shows bare stage of criticism

December 14, 2012 3

Australia's best blog devoted to theatre criticism has frozen in time. There are fewer opportunities for thoughtful arts criticism, robbing culture of important conversations.

Stars lash ‘flawed’ Melbourne Uni theatre restructure

Stars lash ‘flawed’ Melbourne Uni theatre restructure

November 12, 2012 1

Staff and students are up in arms about a restructure at Melbourne University's beloved Union House Theatre, where some of the country's brightest names got their start.

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

September 28, 2012

New data released by the Australia Council confirms stagnating audiences for the nation's largest performing arts organisations. But companies say it's not as bad as it looks.