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Cassie Tongue

Audrey contributor, Writer

Cassie is a theatre critic and culture writer based in Sydney. She has written for Time Out Sydney & Melbourne, The Guardian, Daily Review, Overland, The Music, and more. For five years she was Deputy Editor of AussieTheatre.com. Cassie sends out a periodic newsletter about theatre, arts criticism, and her cat – you can subscribe here.

Cassie writes extensively and in a variety of formats about live performance, particularly theatre, musical theatre, and cabaret across mainstage and independent sectors. She posts links to her work on twitter and chronicles her theatregoing and theatre-reading on instagram.

Cassie is particularly interested in subverting the gate-keeping of the traditional criticism canon. Since time immemorial, prominent critics have largely been older white men, and works that fit their tastes are the ones that have been given the status and accolades to live long, culturally significant lives.

Cassie wants to open the gates to all kinds of theatre-makers, radical thinkers, and convention-smashers. She has a particular interest in progressive and political performance, queer and feminist performance, and theatre that tears down the walls of the status quo to make new meaning out of life.

She also really likes musicals. Ask her about them sometime.

West Side Story
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MusicalSydney Opera House 16 Aug - 6 Oct 2019

West Side Story

Audrey review: Joey McKneely's faithful staging only serves to highlight how dated a show - even one that was radical in its time - can become.

Prima Facie
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ArchivedRiverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney 3 - 6 Jul 2019

Prima Facie

Audrey review: Suzie Miller's new play shows us all the ways in which the legal system is unfairly made and inherently broken.

In the Heights
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ArchivedSydney Opera House, Bennelong Point 16 - 20 Jan 2019

In the Heights

Audrey review: A bubbly, slice-of-life musical driven by fine performances, impressive choreography and an irrepressible Latin beat.

Random
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ArchivedBelvoir Downstairs, Surry Hills, Sydney 18 Oct - 11 Nov 2018

Random

Audrey review: Zahra Newman delivers one of the best performances of the year in a portrait of a family shattered by violence.

The Feather in the Web
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ArchivedGriffin Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 5 Oct - 17 Nov 2018

The Feather in the Web

Audrey review: Turning a queer lens on contemporary relationships, Nick Coyle creates a world where anxieties, desires and impulses are writ large.

Evita
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ArchivedSydney Opera House, Bennelong Point 13 Sep - 3 Nov 2018

Evita

Audrey review: A preserved-in-amber production but Tina Arena hits all the right notes as Eva Peron.

The Humans
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ArchivedOld Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo, Sydney 5 Sep - 6 Oct 2018

The Humans

Audrey review: Depicted with uncommon tenderness, the family dynamic in this production feels finely-constructed, loving, and painfully real.

Back to Back
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ArchivedJSPAC, Penrith, Sydney 15 - 24 Mar 2018

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Audrey review: A double bill of new solo works by Rachel Roberts and Nathan Harrison offers hope and clarity.

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