Il Mago di Oz: opera debut is old humbug

A new artistic director, Stuart Maunder, takes over Victorian Opera next year. Whether he can raise a pulse with their next season remains to be seen. But for now, this company’s road to hell is paved in artless yellow brick. Continue reading Il Mago di Oz: opera debut is old humbug

Lazy, lazy, lazy… the clickbait evolution

Every Australian newspaper and website has a Google spreadsheet brimming with the names of clickbait authors. They’re usually over 50, white and distinguishable for being ready and willing to burp out content at a moment’s notice. Continue reading Lazy, lazy, lazy… the clickbait evolution

Sixty years on, West Side Story still belongs to Anita (not Spielberg)

Image: Backstage.com Over the past month, I’ve had the thrill of seeing both West Side Stories, director Robert Wise’s 1961 version and Steven Spielberg’s recent remake, within days of each other at a cinema. They’re both, on first glance, very different. And so they should be. Seven decades removed you would hope there’d have been enough positive change for this story to be seen anew. … Continue reading Sixty years on, West Side Story still belongs to Anita (not Spielberg)