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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez review

This ambitious story about Hispanic tenants in a run-down apartment building is lit by sharp observations, but it's a pity none of the characters sounds remotely SpanishThe unknown Americans of Cristina Henríquez's novel are Hispanic tenants of a run-dow

Why Der Rosenkavalier reveals the real (and racy) Richard Strauss

With its comic intrigues and double cross-dressing, as well as its longing for a vanished world, this is Strauss's most successful and satisfying opera.

Why Der Rosenkavalier reveals the real (and racy) Richard Strauss

With its comic intrigues and double cross-dressing, as well as its longing for a vanished world, this is Strauss's most successful and satisfying opera.

Hidden Knowledge by Bernardine Bishop review why did he die?

A woman's discovery that the school chaplain has a dark secret sets her on a quest for the truth about the death of her sonThe publication of Bernardine Bishop's Unexpected Lessons in Love last year marked the return to the literary world of a voice that

Lorde: 'The critics I care about are people the same age as me'

In a year that's seen her duet with Disclosure and upset legions of Beliebers, the teenage New Zealander is also proving to be a feisty interviewee.

First Night of the Proms review Elgar's The Kingdom

Perhaps a little subdued for the opening night, but sumptuous choral work is fine farewell for director Roger Wright.

Amadeus review Rupert Everett's Salieri darkly rages at God

Chichester Festival TheatrePeter Shaffer's spectacle of Mozart's mediocre rival distorts historical reality but remains compelling and stylishly presentedFew living dramatists write big star parts. Peter Shaffer certainly has that capacity, which is one o

Halfway through 512 hours of Marina Abramovi: no one to hear you scream

Our critic revisits Abramović's residency at the Serpentine and finds its stifling silence and exam-style tasks evoke more production-line misery than mindfulness.

Casebook by Mona Simpson review a funny, sad drama about growing up

This compelling portrait of a quirky boy and his muddled family is packed with neat observations of family lifeNine-year-old Miles, desperate to join in the playground chat about TV series Survivor, rigs a walkie-talkie under his parents' bed. It turns ou

Chance the Rapper review more like a rock concert than a hip-hop gig

The young Chicagoan's acid-washed rap act combines great showmanship with tight musicianship.