Clas­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

It turns out you can do Travi­ata in a theatre as small as Belvoir Down­stairs and do it jus­tice. In the course of a dis­cus­sion about the value of art in a so­ci­ety that knows the cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio of ev­ery­thing, Mel­bourne duo Sis­ters Grimm — writer-di­rec­tor De­clan Greene and writer-per­former Ash Flan­ders — have cre­ated a touch­ing ver­sion of Verdi’s opera. It’s wildly trun­cated and mostly lip-synched, but the essence is there. Well, ob­vi­ously it’s a hit-and-run ver­sion of the big thing, but it’s good, par­tic­u­larly in the Paul Lewis Paul Lewis’s pi­ano play­ing has an al­most naked sin­cer­ity that is rare to­day, and it seems to come right from the heart. Even

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