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No answers from this unnerving Picnic

No answers from this unnerving Picnic

Joan Lindsay’s writing is always to the fore in this production of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

  • by Harriet Cunningham

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Tragedy of motherhood amid austerity politics

Tragedy of motherhood amid austerity politics

This production is a living thing, and you can feel it like fresh air: it is simmering with its own potential.

  • by Cassie Tongue
A suffocating look at the bad fringes of wellness

A suffocating look at the bad fringes of wellness

A new Melbourne Fringe production tells a subversive story about a wellness blogger who may seem familiar.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Wicked Sisters review: Life's an experiment that blows up in your face

Wicked Sisters review: Life's an experiment that blows up in your face

Alma De Groen's play was ripe for revisiting, but Griffin's production suffers from a slight imbalance in the characterisations.

  • by John Shand
Short and heartfelt but could be so much more

Short and heartfelt but could be so much more

This production of The Things I Could Never Tell Steven could be so much more.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Laughs fall short after behavioural rules gag wears off

Laughs fall short after behavioural rules gag wears off

Sam Holcroft's 2015 device for manufacturing comedy wears thin in this STC production.

  • by John Shand
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Cursed!: So you think your family has problems

Cursed!: So you think your family has problems

Kodie Bedford's first play dares to poke fun at living with mental instability - and just about gets away with it.

  • by John Shand
A triumph of imagination in this tale of a new, old Melbourne

A triumph of imagination in this tale of a new, old Melbourne

Malthouse Theatre has adapted a 'lost' production of Christos Tsiolkas' Loaded into an audio drama, and the result is spectacular.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Flash of blacked-out magic couldn't be sustained

Flash of blacked-out magic couldn't be sustained

A young team's warmth of intent was cooled by a lack of belief.

  • by John Shand
Audio 'teasers' for inner-city drama conjure an intense longing

Audio 'teasers' for inner-city drama conjure an intense longing

An audio drama for characters in a cancelled play works terrifically, creating an evocative soundscape of a lost, bustling metropolis.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Animals talking sense about politics

Animals talking sense about politics

The revolutionary heart of Sydney’s New Theatre beats loud in this new adaptation of a George Orwell classic.

  • by Cassie Tongue