John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

February 25, 2024 / Features

The name was a statement of intent. Eighteen years ago four young Brooklynites named their string quartet Brooklyn Rider, nodding to the eclecticism of Wassily Kandinsky’s pre-World War I Blue Rider artistic movement. Since then they’ve not only given exceptional performances from the 300-year-old quartet repertoire, but they’ve commissioned many…

February 23, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, February 13 8/10 Fran Lebowitz is a blocked writer who earns a living from talking. Writers’ festivals have made the talking writer a routine phenomenon, but generally you’d be better spending that time reading their books. Lebowitz is different. Her decades-long writer’s block has made…

February 19, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Wharf 1 Theatre, February 10 5.5/10 Back in the day, one could make frothy coffee without an espresso machine. It was basically a hot milkshake of nebulous coffee flavour. Van Badham’s new play is the theatrical equivalent: a comedy so frothy that one wades through hectares of lather to happen…