Hamilton – The Musical

(Directed by Amy Campbell, Lyric Theatre, Sydney, 2021) (Reviewed by Margo Jakobsen) Masked-up and entering the Sydney Lyric Theatre in an orderly fashion, I was eager to see if the musical justified the buzz. Some already knew, a couple of fans wearing period costumes of their own. Others were clearly familiar with the moments. For example, a cry went up at the ‘immigrants get the job done’ line and Brent Hill’s crassly, juvenile King George, made a popular and delicious contrast with the rawest emotions of Chloe Zuel as Hamilton’s wife, Eliza. The play ended with her enigmatic gasp. Amazing…

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Hot Air

May 3, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Frank Coraci) (2019) Steve Coogan revels in his image as a hard-edged playboy.  But he also want us to think that there’s a soulful, sentimental man in there somewhere. The footloose, cynical womanising Steve Coogan character in the ‘tour’ movies with Rob Brydon is leavened with wistful moments of loneliness.  Alan Partridge is a wishy washy, desperate side of the same man. Unfortunately, when Coogan steps out of one of his alter egos, his desire to make us love him turns into an absolute puddle of gel.  Witness the ghastly soppiness of his Martin Sixsmith in Stephen Frear’s…

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Think Tank

April 30, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Panel of the Solicitors General – Adelaide University John Bray Alumni Network, 29 April 2021 In the Exhibition Hall of the National Wine Centre, a pretty remarkable gathering took place: 6 Solicitors-General for South Australia presented thoughts on their respective tenure. The main image shows the panel: L-R Gray QC, Doyle QC, Kourakis CJ, John Williams (Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions, as MC), Hinton QC, Bleby J, Wait SC (and facilitator and introducer Judge Katrina Bochner). That photo, incidentally, was snapped before proceedings commenced – the crowd was actually very healthy, even though, curiously for the NWC, no wine…

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Four

April 27, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, Ulalume |

In our material universe, science finds four categories of sex in Homo Sapiens: Old Traditional # 1 Who produce ovum (“Woman”) Old Traditional # 2 Who produce sperm (“Man”) Small Sliver (# 3) With gender dysphoria or intersex anatomy (who deserve love, compassion, understanding, and perhaps, especially if given high office in the Biden Administration, treatment) Burgeoning New Category (# 4) “Fraudsters” If I can’t win a medal in my shotput division, I may do better turning out on the track in a skirt. Not bright enough to gain admission to Law School? If I reimagine myself as a disabled…

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The Grail of Sport is to Beat Port

April 26, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v Port Adelaide (@ Glenelg Oval, 24 April 2021) A healthy crowd on a beautiful autumnal evening enjoyed a terrific tussle between the 2019 Grand Finalists. Port were up and about, emblematized by Sam Powell-Pepper (who was annoyingly like salt-and-pepper; i.e. everywhere). Although the Tigers actually won every quarter, none of them were by much, and the lead changed or closed throughout the game. It was (pardon the cliché) an ‘arm wrestle.’ In the Presidents Room, 100 years of memorabilia were arrayed, reminding all that the sum of a Club is so much more than its premierships. The team…

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