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Comedy album. Just the phrase makes me twist with discomfort. So, it is with some apprehension that I sit down to listen to Brown & Orange - the second album by The Bedroom Philosopher. These days comedy is watched as well as listened to. It is usually an experience shared – the pleasure heightened by the sound of the audience enjoying the show. So it is quite the task for a comedian to evoke lau
After rave reviews at the 2007 Melbourne Fringe and the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, writer and theatre maker Adam Cass has finally been given the opportunity to take his production of I Love you Bro to the big stage – or so to speak.
The first of the free Sidney Myer Free Concerts for 2009 showed that while tastes in music may have changed over the last 50 years, the original vision has not, and remains as fresh as when the concert series began in 1959.
Often where we finish our evening bears absolutely no relation to where we intended to be when we started it. This seemingly obvious idea is explored by Kieran Carroll in his new work, 'Friday Night, In Town', which follows the lives of fourteen very different people over the course of their Friday night out.
The foibles, corruption, brutality, and straight-out misanthropy, portrayed in 'The Removalists' prove to be timeless.
The most intriguing moments of 'Cherry Smoke' occur when the writing manages to tap into the younger generation’s obsession with longevity, self-importance and a capacity to recreate the world according to their own principles.
As one of the most influential songwriters of the last 50 years, Joni Mitchell has given a voice to people everywhere, creating the music that famously 'taught your cold, English wife to feel' (Love Actually).
Salim, a doctor and novelist, is cynical, hedonistic and in favour of US plans to overthrow Saddam.
The story starts off simply enough: Jim (Clayton Moss), a flailing artist, gets
dumped by his girlfriend Tamsen (Belinda Kirwan).
The first feature film of Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf, Buddha Collapsed out of Shame, is set in the Afghan town of Bamian. This is the place where the giant statues of Buddha that had been carved into the rock face centuries earlier were blown up by the Taliban in 2001. The rubble left by their destruction is the stark setting for the film.
The Black Swan State Theatre’s production for the Perth International Arts Festival 2009 is Joan Didion’s memoir The year of Magical Thinking. This one woman play, rich with pathos, exposes the beauty and terror that we all find in the transience of life, and celebrates the power of the imagination to help us survive.
The film He’s Just Not That Into You is based on a hugely successful book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who also wrote for Sex and the City.
For a while, Pride and Glory plays like the fiercest episode of Law & Order ever writ large and dashed luridly across the big screen. The beat-treading camerawork, the attention to dot-plotting police procedure, the bleak ambience of New York’s niveous, crime-sodden streets – all are impressively exploited by helmer Gavin O’Connor in this corrupt cop thriller’s tautly carved opening hour.
Woyzeck is a popularly staged play written by German playwright Georg Büchner in 1837. The original work was never finished, because Büchner died before he could complete it, and is said to have left behind four unfinished manuscripts.
The only reason that the sellout audience to the opening night of People Get Ready: Human Nature with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) stopped tapping their toes was when they jumped to their feet to dance!
Musicians and concert-goers are rejoicing to at last have a venue designed for the performance of chamber music, while the general public is still gasping at its daring facade.
'Another Gay Cliché' It was my second visit to a Pink Shorts season at The Midsumma Festival this year and I walked out, only mildly stirred in comparison to last year
This glittering, modern day cautionary tale is presented by Darlinghurst
Theatre as part of the Mardi Gras festivities. Director James
Beach has drawn forth fine performances by all concerned for this biting,
Fresh out of the inaugural Short, Sweet+Cabaret festival, Tom Dickins returns to The Butterfly Club with a new show, Where Was I, incorporating his acclaimed short piece, Cab of Rage
A young face in cabaret and an old hand in music butt up against one another this week, with two brand new shows opening at The Butterfly Club
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