Peter Craven

Lacklustre, pompous: Linda Cropper and Philip Quast

Grateful dead

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Ibsen would turn in his grave at this production of Ghosts

Pitch perfect: Nikki Shiels

An unmistakable glow of greatness

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Drop everything and marvel at Night on Bald Mountain

Sigrid Thornton: a dangerous Blanche DuBois

Sterling Sigrid

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The legendary Australian actor triumphs in Streetcar

Robyn Nevin: not merely good but great

A strange evening of classic local theatre

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Robyn Nevin shines in Neighbourhood Watch


A dry spell

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Melbourne’s Crucible is unbewitching

It was beauty killed the beast: Esther Hannaford in King Kong

Gorilla tactics

10 August 2013 9:00 am

King Kong is an unmissable circus

On song: Meow Meow and Barry Humphries salute the Berlin cabaret

Ich bin ein Berliner

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Barry Humphries’ heartfelt homage to the music of the Weimar Republic

Behind the wheel: Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy

The South rises again

20 April 2013 9:00 am

Melbourne’s Driving Miss Daisy is an acting masterclass

John Gaden and Robyn Nevin portray Reaganite Republicans

Desert storm is true oasis

6 April 2013 9:00 am

Australian cast bring broad appeal to Hollywood family drama

Pompous: William Zappa in the Malthouse’s Hate

Hate crime

9 March 2013 9:00 am

How to ruin a fine play

Holding forth: Catherine McClements in The Other Place

The allure of the other

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Straight from Broadway, Nadia Tass’s new show deserves to be a hit over here too

Casualty of the trenches

19 January 2013 9:00 am

Melbourne’s War Horse is a poor substitute for the original

Comedy tonight: Geoffrey Rush in Forum

Coarse but fine

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Geoffrey Rush is brilliantly bawdy in Sondheim’s Forum

Pure theatre: Stefan Stern as Dr Stockmann

Alone against the mob

3 November 2012 9:00 am

The German production of An Enemy of the People at the Melbourne Festival was a paint-splattered triumph


A tropical stormer

6 October 2012 9:00 am

Bartlett Sher’s Tony-winning South Pacific is pure entertainment

Value judgement

22 September 2012 6:00 am

Whatever his intentions, David Marr has done nothing to dent Tony Abbott’s appeal

Ladies not for turning

15 September 2012 6:00 am

Jenny Kemp’s superb direction reminds us just how good a play Top Girls is

A rocky marriage

18 August 2012 6:00 am

The Malthouse has made a mess of Lorca’s Blood Wedding

Cheerio, possums

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Barry Humphries’ farewell tour reminds us what we will miss

Unfit for a queen

21 July 2012 6:00 am

Robyn Nevin struggles with a disastrous production  as a cross-gender Lear

Hysteria won’t help

14 July 2012 6:00 am

We should take the asylum-seekers

Thane in vain

23 June 2012 6:00 am

This Macbeth is one to miss

Failure is an orphan

16 June 2012 6:00 am

The Melbourne revival of Annie wastes some serious talent

Theatre within theatre

21 April 2012 10:00 am

Bille Brown is mesmerising in this impressive production

A glass menagerie  

17 March 2012 4:00 pm

Simon Stone’s glass-encased production of The Wild Duck is a showcase for two of our finest actors