Australian politics, society & culture


Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius deliver the wake-up call Australian theatre needs
By Fiona McGregor
The anthology series’ self-aware absurdity makes it the perfect show for our times
By Elle Hardy
Cover of On the Java Ridge
Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ shows us a world our politicians would prefer we didn’t see
By Elle Hardy
Writing into the Marvel canon from the outside
Art Gallery of NSW celebrates the work of iconic Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop
By Stephanie Bishop
Does the playful transgression of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Cloud Nine’ still have the capacity to shock?
By Harry Windsor
‘Lady Macbeth’ is a cold and confronting take on the period drama
By Harry Windsor
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a modern lesson in repression but ignores wider, more complex issues
By Elle Hardy
State Theatre Company South Australia updates Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ for contemporary Australia
By Jane Howard
Briohny Doyle’s ‘Adult Fantasy’ looks at the increasingly blurred definition of adulthood in the 21st century
By Marta Skrabacz
Robert Dessaix’s ‘The Pleasures of Leisure’ is a 21st-century defence of idleness
By Helen Elliott
On Cory Taylor and her classic novel
By Benjamin Law
Black Inc.; $29.99
By Frank Bongiorno
Bloomsbury; $18.99
By Stephanie Bishop
With their two new other-worldly albums, Shabazz Palaces continue to evade categorisation
By Anwen Crawford
Jennifer Peedom’s ‘Mountain’ is a meditation on the allure of the climb
By Sebastian Smee
Laura Poitras’ ‘Risk’ sidesteps the biggest question about Julian Assange
By Robert Manne
Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ was worth the 20-year wait
By Helen Elliott