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After a cringeworthy ‘privilege check’, this show goes deep

After a cringeworthy ‘privilege check’, this show goes deep

Nobody wants to see two middle-aged dudes chanting “I’m a rich white man”. Greg Fleet and Ian Darling go on to wittily explore addiction, wealth and friendship.

  • by Cameron Woodhead

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In wombat season, a tribute to the resilience of First Nations mothers
★★★
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In wombat season, a tribute to the resilience of First Nations mothers

A new dramatic work shows the toughness and deadly sense of humour of Indigenous mothers in the face of dispossession and trauma.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Ancient corroboree rites reimagined in ecstatic dance fantasy
★★★★
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Ancient corroboree rites reimagined in ecstatic dance fantasy

Wiradjuri choreographer Joel Bray has made a daring, original work that explores sexual revolution before and after colonisation.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann
Domestic bliss becomes a cold, bloody nightmare

Domestic bliss becomes a cold, bloody nightmare

This production treads a fine line between thoughtful experiment and blunt spectacle.

  • by Harriet Cunningham
A ‘sweeping wonder’ of a play that glows
★★★★
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A ‘sweeping wonder’ of a play that glows

Noelle Janaczewska charts an improbable course for a one-hand, one-act play.

  • by John Shand
Jesus is a streetwise trans woman in this inspiring, provocative show

Jesus is a streetwise trans woman in this inspiring, provocative show

Religion can be a tortured subject for the queer community. This play is an antidote to the legacy of shame left by many church upbringings.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
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Think you know musicals? This brilliant show breaks all the rules
★★★★
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Think you know musicals? This brilliant show breaks all the rules

Turning Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home into a musical was a triumph over improbability.

  • by John Shand
Sculpture comes to life in unusual, interesting and passionate tale

Sculpture comes to life in unusual, interesting and passionate tale

Playwright Wendy Beckett has concentrated on Camille Claudel’s early years, giving balanced treatment to her flirtatiousness and Rodin’s attraction to her work and then her.

  • by Jill Sykes
Deliciously complex: Don’t miss this thoughtful study of racism
★★★★½
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Deliciously complex: Don’t miss this thoughtful study of racism

In a consistently funny but thoughtful production, Yellow Face comes to playful, acerbic, and sometimes poignant life.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Walls come crashing down when lust is mistaken for love
★★★½
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Walls come crashing down when lust is mistaken for love

Joanna Murray-Smith’s 26-year-old play is already a timeless classic.

  • by John Shand
Vital, intimate and sexy: MTC’s Berlin is a smart romantic thriller
★★★½
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Vital, intimate and sexy: MTC’s Berlin is a smart romantic thriller

If this humorous, intelligent play has a flaw, it’s that the romance is modern and credible, but the thriller plot less convincing.

  • by Cameron Woodhead