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Is the world’s biggest library full of stolen content?

Is the world’s biggest library full of stolen content?

A Melbourne actor inadvertently became part of a growing online debate when he discovered his labour-of-love audio drama had been uploaded to an internet archive.

  • by Nick Miller

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Four stars for the show that gives us licence to laugh at the big issues
★★★★
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Four stars for the show that gives us licence to laugh at the big issues

9 to 5 The Musical is much like its creator, Dolly Parton: perky, colourful, amiable, singable and fully renovated – and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

  • by Tony Way and Kate Herbert
Alibrandi on stage: have they ruined the book, or given it new life?
★★★½
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Alibrandi on stage: have they ruined the book, or given it new life?

Books are being dramatised all over Melbourne: Dorian Gray at the Arts Centre, Looking for Alibrandi at Malthouse and Jane Eyre at La Mama. But do they work?

  • by Kate Herbert
The ‘scary’ new role bringing Michael Sheen to Australia

The ‘scary’ new role bringing Michael Sheen to Australia

As the beloved Welsh actor prepares to make his first trip Down Under, he talks art, Brexit and Nazis.

  • by Meg Watson
Wedding Singer musical romps home with a swag of Green Room gongs

Wedding Singer musical romps home with a swag of Green Room gongs

This year’s Green Room Awards, celebrating the best of Melbourne performance, saw awards for shows by Red Stitch, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Opera.

  • by Vyshnavee Wijekumar
What makes Dorian Gray such a hit? The music is part of the secret

What makes Dorian Gray such a hit? The music is part of the secret

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a success story that’s music to the ears of everyone involved.

  • by Martin Boulton
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I don’t mind being bewildered but this play made for a most confusing night
★★★
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I don’t mind being bewildered but this play made for a most confusing night

After 75 minutes of Burn Witch Burn, you stagger off into the night a little more wary of charms, goats and fire... and certain that a deeper spell could have been cast.

  • by John Shand
Finding Alibrandi: Australia’s favourite teenage rebel gets a 2022 makeover

Finding Alibrandi: Australia’s favourite teenage rebel gets a 2022 makeover

Apart from the film released in 2000, author Melina Marchetta has fiercely guarded Alibrandi, rejecting all offers to adapt it – until now.

  • by Sonia Harford
Melbourne theatre’s ‘digital pivot’: pandemic thing or a revolution?

Melbourne theatre’s ‘digital pivot’: pandemic thing or a revolution?

One of Melbourne’s smallest performance venues just launched a digital subscription service, joining a suite of platforms where you can grab the latest shows.

  • by Nick Miller
Moira Finucane is back with a big, consensual, occasionally nude cabaret hug

Moira Finucane is back with a big, consensual, occasionally nude cabaret hug

The cabaret treasure has curated a new show that includes hip hop, fan-dance and Billie Eilish influences.

  • by Mikey Cahill
Raucous songs and bold characters lift this rock-gig musical
★★★
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Raucous songs and bold characters lift this rock-gig musical

Passing Strange is a fun and exuberant production of a Broadway hit, but it suffers from significant sound and staging issues.

  • by Kate Herbert