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Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Dear Liar is Jerome Kilty’s adaptation of the 41-year correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and the celebrated actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, which began in late-Victorian London in 1899 and ended with the death of “Mrs. Pat” in France in 1940. Excerpts from these letters, interspersed with explanations addressed directly to the audience, provide the dialogue […]

Fifty Years of Theatre in English

Fifty Years of Theatre in English

In 1963, Ruth Brinkmann premiered in Dear Liar in Vienna, performing in her wedding dress. An American, recently graduated from Yale University School of Drama and determined to be an actress, Brinkman had come to Europe for a year abroad, before getting down to building a career in America. But in Vienna, she wandered into […]

Shakespeare in the Park Midsummer and Beyond

Shakespeare in the Park Midsummer and Beyond

Baz Luhrmann gleaned the requisites for his 1993 production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, rummaging through the Australian Opera’s warehouses. Constrained by budgets, the director fashioned Regent Park replete with rotunda, centre-stage, in which he delivered the orchestra from their stygian pit. And from under the rotunda, a boys chorus paddled forth from […]

Book Review: Inside the Centre

Book Review: Inside the Centre

Is a man better understood through his work or through his personal relationships? Do we “get” Wittgenstein through his philosophy than through his life? Can we ever understand Shakespeare through his plays alone when we know so little of his life? Does a person’s character shine through in his work more than his letters to […]

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