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Justin Fleming

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From reviews of Justin Fleming’s work… "Mr Fleming has a poetically inventive imagination of no mean order." ( H. G. Kippax, Sydney Morning Herald.) "International in subject and style… Life-affirming." (Helen Thomson, The Age) ".Justin Fleming is genial, generous and laden with gifts in the art of storytelling. He is clearly a man who loves to tell a ripping yarn." (Elissa Blake, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald) "… Complex, intelligent and humorous.......The banter is intoxicating." Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald) "....There is much pleasure to be had from Fleming's love of language." (Carrie Kablean, Sunday Telegraph) " Fleming writes with an enviable beauty and clarity." (Colin Rose, Sun Herald) "…A writer of fascinating and surprising work, totally original, beautifully and skilfully written." (William Carden, New York Theatre) "Burnt Piano is a work of considerable authority and distinction, with an amazingly successful portrait of [Samuel] Beckett." (Harold Pinter) "Harold In Italy," a collaboration between a handful of Australia's finest theater craflsmen, is innovative, daring and visually mesmerizing. It's a daring enterprise ....which forges new ground, and several art forms are fused to create a work of magic. Fleming is revealed as a writer with a gifted, elaborate imagination. In "Harold In Italy" he has written an original and entertaining work of art. — Krug, Variety. -------------------------- BURNT PIANO...What the Critics Said.... "Justin Fleming's BURNT PIANO is an enquiring psychological drama played out in the world of ideas while dealing more immediately with a family grappling with tragedy and fate. It is a complex, intelligent and humorous work.......The banter is intoxicating.....Burnt Piano is a very fine play." (Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 1999.) "It's a clever and interesting play....Like the rest of the opening night audience, I was engrossed, waiting to see what would happen next....There is much pleasure to be had from Fleming's love of language." (Carrie Kablean, Sunday Telegraph, 14 March, 1999) "Burnt Piano strikes a chord. Fleming writes with an enviable beauty and clarity.....brilliantly judged....Audiences will be amused by its banter, delighted by its poetry and .moved by its pathos. RECOMMENDED." (Colin Rose, Sun Herald, 14 March, 1999.) "A brave and beautifully crafted piece of writing....Clever, funny and often moving....an intriguing, intelligent and complex play..." (Andy Biziorek, City Hub, 18 March, 1999) "The play is a triumph!" (Stephen Moriarty, Nine to Five, 29 March, 1999) "By the end of the play, all three family members have had experiences that changed their lives.....Justin Fleming is genial, generous and laden with gifts in the art of storytelling. He is clearly a man who loves to tell a ripping yarn....." (Elissa Blake, Metro, March, 1999) Burnt Piano is a fascinating play about obsession, superbly realised. (Teachers' Federation) "A moving morality tale....played brilliantly." (Mosman Daily, 8 April, 1999) "With Burnt Piano, playwright Justin Fleming has delivered a script of touching humanity and wry humour which deliberates on themes such as forgiveness and the power of the human spirit. Fleming provides a haunting protagonist....a rewarding theatrical experience...a celebration of humanity...." (Cec Busby, Revolver, 15 March, 1999) "Absolutely splendid....International in subject and style, this new play deals with a universal issue. One of the pleasures of this play is its process of only making gradual disclosures. It affirms life itself.....Highly recommended." (Helen Thomson, The Age, Melbourne, 27 August, 1999.) "Lively, literary banter....entertaining, polished and very well written..." (Steven Carroll, Sunday Age, 29 August, 1999.) "Absorbing.....A play about the workings of fate and the need to find meaning in tragedy and personal forgiveness" (Leonard Radic, Sun Herald Sunday, 29. 8.99) "See this. A sad but wise and satisfying study of the human condition." (Melbourne Weekly 30 August, 1999) "Burnt Piano is a beautifully constructed, elegiac piece of work... Fleming deftly moves between the genius oracle-figure of Karen's imagination and the reality of an old aching man...A lovely piece of theatre, well written and wonderfully performed." (Inpress, 1 September, 1999) "The power and originality of Burnt Piano are informed by historical awareness. For whatever reason, it has been left to an Australian playwright to make this powerful, plausible and inevitable connection between European history and literature." (Felicity Bloch, Jewish News, 3 September, 1999) "This is a fascinating and surprising piece of work, totally original, beautifully and skilfully written." (William Carden, HB Playwrights Foundation, What's On In New York, March 5, 2001) "While taking you on a journey of the mind, Burnt Piano blazes a path to the heart." (Uta Hagen, HB Playwrights Foundation, What's On In New York, March 3, 2001.) "I enjoyed Burnt Piano very much. It is a work of considerable authority and distinction. The play has real texture and contains an amazingly successful portrait of Beckett." (Harold Pinter, London, April 4, 2001.) "This is a play of excellence which draws you completely into itself to share its joys, sorrows and humour. It is a finely crafted work of thoroughly fascinating complexity, using the eloquent stillness of music to sublime effect. In years to come, when people refer to Mainstage’s "legendary" production, they’ll be referring to this one." (Wal Eastman, The Mercury, May 11, 2001.)
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