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The limitations of being 17 again

The limitations of being 17 again

This uneven study of dangerous hearts attempts to capture the frisson of a young teen crush.

  • by Cassie Tongues

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Teen playwright captures messy highs and lows of first love in Dead Skin
★★½
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Teen playwright captures messy highs and lows of first love in Dead Skin

It’s Laneikka Denne’s uninhibited performance that pushes this production over the line into something you might not be able to forget.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Need to save a cheesy musical about dancing seniors? Call Nancye Hayes
★★★½
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Need to save a cheesy musical about dancing seniors? Call Nancye Hayes

Despite being wildly uneven and afflicted by some lame music, how is it possible that Half Time is actually rather good?

  • by John Shand
Young audience gets the last laugh at screen-obsessed parents

Young audience gets the last laugh at screen-obsessed parents

Friendship and adventure triumph in this stage adaptation of Alan Brough’s hit book Charlie and the War Against the Grannies.

  • by Cassie Tongue
She used to cut up cereal boxes for supplies, now this paper artist wins awards

She used to cut up cereal boxes for supplies, now this paper artist wins awards

Gamilaroi artist Kerry Toomey draws on mourning and loss, as well as joyful memories of aunties in their Sunday best. And that’s plenty to hang a hat on.

  • by Nick Galvin
When the pandemic ended his War, Alan Brough decided to fight back

When the pandemic ended his War, Alan Brough decided to fight back

A show based on the Spicks and Specks captain’s kids’ book was a week from production when it was pulled off stage. It’s been a long road back.

  • by Nick Miller
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Come out with your arts up: National Art School seeks its most wanted missing treasures

Come out with your arts up: National Art School seeks its most wanted missing treasures

The school has announced an amnesty in an effort to recover at least 50 paintings, sculptures and other works that have “gone missing”.

  • by Steve Meacham
Deborah Cheetham’s acknowledgement of country marks new dawn for Bach

Deborah Cheetham’s acknowledgement of country marks new dawn for Bach

Sydney Philharmonia’s “reimagining” of the St John Passion involved interpolating three newly commissioned Australian pieces.

  • by Peter McCallum
The MCA’s Liz Ann Macgregor on the dinner invite that changed her life

The MCA’s Liz Ann Macgregor on the dinner invite that changed her life

When the director of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Liz Ann Macgregor, arrived in Australia from the UK, she bonded immediately with artist Lindy Lee. Later, an invite to a Lee family dinner led to a life-changing event.

  • by Jane Albert
From Marvel to Mallrat, here are your must-see movies and gigs this autumn

From Marvel to Mallrat, here are your must-see movies and gigs this autumn

Our expert guide to a perfect season in Sydney, including top Oscar contenders, an all-day festival in Randwick and an over-the-top showstopper on the harbour.

  • by John Shand, George Palathingal, Garry Maddox and Harriet Cunningham
‘I’m not giving up’: Veteran muso singing the blues over Byron bust

‘I’m not giving up’: Veteran muso singing the blues over Byron bust

Veteran Sydney blues singer Sally King has more reason than most to be disappointed that Bluesfest has been cancelled.

  • by Nick Galvin