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‘Just devastating’: Sydney Fringe axes 370 shows

‘Just devastating’: Sydney Fringe axes 370 shows

Sydney Fringe has become the latest casualty of Sydney’s extended lockdown.

  • by Linda Morris

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A novel approach to a classic shows us a far-removed Australia
★★½
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A novel approach to a classic shows us a far-removed Australia

This staged production of My Brilliant Career adds Miles Franklin herself as a character.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
‘You don’t know what’s real’: Immersive play recreates a mother’s psychosis

‘You don’t know what’s real’: Immersive play recreates a mother’s psychosis

Troy Rainbow uses virtual reality and interactive AI to complete the stories his mother left him.

  • by Nicole Precel
Caustic satire takes aim at useless incels
★★½
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Caustic satire takes aim at useless incels

Hydra, a new play set in an imagined near future, is a gothic miniature that offers a grim solution to misogyny.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann
A savage, affecting King Lear hamstrung by savage cuts
★★½
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A savage, affecting King Lear hamstrung by savage cuts

We’re at a stage where a woman playing King Lear seems appropriate, even unremarkable. But this show suffers from heavy edits to Shakespeare’s text.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Plans for new Riverside Theatre in Parramatta get green light

Plans for new Riverside Theatre in Parramatta get green light

Parramatta City Council has revived plans for a new theatre large enough to host international musicals.

  • by Linda Morris
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Pop culture and puberty come together in surreal show

Pop culture and puberty come together in surreal show

Forget the Disney-style coming-of-age story and the old Danish folk tale: this new play breaks down the stereotypes.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
Imagining a dry Australian dystopia that feels uncomfortably real

Imagining a dry Australian dystopia that feels uncomfortably real

Hydra, a new sci-fi play from an acclaimed young playwright, extrapolates a Mad Max-style future from real modern horrors.

  • by Stephen A Russell
Grim report finds arts ‘can’t reboot’ after COVID without massive help

Grim report finds arts ‘can’t reboot’ after COVID without massive help

A report from the Australia Institute proposes hundreds of new “creative fellowships” to support artists, and a new national streaming platform to deliver culture to the country.

  • by Nick Miller
Hellish: COVID-19 and a broken heart fuel Virginia Gay’s new-look Cyrano

Hellish: COVID-19 and a broken heart fuel Virginia Gay’s new-look Cyrano

Rehearsals for the MTC’s upcoming production brought uneasy reminders of youthful self-loathing.

  • by Jenny Valentish
Do I get bored watching Harry Potter night after night? Far from it

Do I get bored watching Harry Potter night after night? Far from it

As a debut novelist, the habit of watching closely brought unexpected benefits.

  • by Allee Richards