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1 Arbus & West Fiona Gruber , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 410 2019; (p. 62)

— Review of Arbus & West Stephen Sewell , 2019 single work drama

''Mary Pickford may have been America’s sweetheart,’ Mae West is recorded to have said, ‘but I’m their wet dream.’

'At the start of Stephen’s Sewell’s new play, Arbus & West, West, in her late seventies, wisecracks sexily with audiences around the United States and jibes with her long-suffering dresser and personal assistant, Ruby (played with poise and perfect-pitch by Jennifer Vuletic). As she rests during interval, the famous actress and singer’s witty sense of being irresistible seems undimmed, until Ruby tells her that the photographer Diane Arbus has died. It was suicide, she continues. West is rattled but feigns indifference. She is surprised, she says; surely there were enough people who wanted to kill Arbus, without her needing to do the deed herself?'  (Introduction)

1 What Makes an Arsonist? : Examining the Events of Black Saturday Fiona Gruber , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 405 2018; (p. 22-23)

'The language we use to describe fire, Chloe Hooper points out, gives it a creaturely shape: it has flanks, tongues, fingers, a tail. It licks, it devours. Fascinated by its mythic force, we talk about taming a fire as we talk about taming a beast, but when it comes to vast tracts of bush, we can only contain it and wait for another natural force, the weather, to extinguish the flames.'  (Introduction)

1 Bliss (Malthouse Theatre) Fiona Gruber , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2018; Australian Book Review , June-July no. 402 2018; (p. 65)

'The opening of Peter Carey’s satirical novel Bliss (1981), where the body of Harry Joy lies dead on the lawn while his spirit hovers above, is one of the most memorable in modern Australian literature. Harry’s laconic out-of-body narration hovers like a spare and airy jazz riff until a defibrillator jolts him back into the land of the living, and a newly recognised living hell. It’s not an easy scene to stage, and in Tom Wright’s adaptation at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, it’s been dismembered.'  (Introduction)

1 [Review Essay] : American Song Fiona Gruber , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 67) ABR : Arts 2017;

'Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman’s humanistic, wheeling manifesto of the American destiny underpins Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s one-man play, American Song, and the collection of poems form the credo and frame the questioning of its central character, Andy. The poems’ exploration of a world of natural beauty, sensual delight, and the limitless possibilities of a young country imbue his optimistic take on life. With Whitmanesque wonder, Andy shares his tale of early good fortune in winning the trifecta of a gorgeous girl, an adorable baby son, and, after adventures in New York and a period as a caring house-husband looking after infant Robbie, a great job in their home town.' (Introduction)

1 Gippsland Bound Fiona Gruber , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 389 2017; (p. 35)
Wedding Bush Road is a novel about contrasts and conflicts: new-age America versus an old-fashioned Australia; messy rural versus shipshape urban; high status versus low; the past versus the present.’ (Introduction)
1 Arts Highlights of the Year Robyn Archer , Ben Brooker , Tim Byrne , Lee Christofis , Alison Croggon , Brett Dean , Ian Dickson , Julie Ewington , Morag Fraser , Andrew Fuhrmann , Colin Golvan , Fiona Gruber , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Primrose Potter , John Rickard , Peter Rose , Dina Ross , Michael Shmith , Doug Wallen , Terri-Ann White , Kim Williams , Jake Wilson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 36-42)
'To highlight Australian Book Review's arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year's memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and exhibitions, we invited a group of critics and arts professionals to nominate their favourites – and to nominate one production they are looking forward to in 2016. (We indicate which works were reviewed in Arts Update.)' (36)
1 Banksia Rosserae Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 375 2015; (p. 71)

— Review of Banksia Lady : Celia Rosser, Botanical Artist Carolyn Landon , 2015 single work biography
1 Twelve Questions for Michelle De Kretser Fiona Gruber (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: Phoenix : Sri Lanka Journal of English in the Commonwealth , no. 12 2015; (p. 41-148)
1 Theatrical Gems Find a New Stage Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 May 2015; (p. 15)

— Review of The Rivers of China Alma De Groen , 1987 single work drama
1 Flannery's First Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 38)

— Review of The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish Dido Butterworth , 2014 single work novel
1 Maternal Instincts Fiona Gruber , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 February 2015; (p. 15)
1 52 Tuesdays : 'I Was Up for Gender Being a Fluid Term' Fiona Gruber , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 May 2014;

— Review of 52 Tuesdays Matthew Cormack , Sophie Hyde , 2014 single work film/TV
1 Chris Womersley's World of Mullets, Music and Coco Pops at the Black Cat Fiona Gruber , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 November 2013;

— Review of Cairo Chris Womersley , 2013 single work novel
1 Individuals Beyond Labels Fiona Gruber , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 July 2013; (p. 33) The Age , 13 July 2013; (p. 29) The Canberra Times , 13 July 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of Boomer & Me : A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger's Jo Case , 2013 single work autobiography
1 Curator's Double Act - Too Much Power? Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 December 2012; (p. 11)
1 The Same Fealty to Herself Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 8 June no. 5697 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Autumn Laing Alex Miller , 2011 single work novel
1 Space for Hire a Stage Where Dreams Play Out Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 March 2012; (p. 14)
1 After the Bestseller, the Deluge Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 January 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough , 2011 single work autobiography
1 Outback's Deadly Underbelly Fiona Gruber , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 December 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Untold 2011 single work drama
'A new play uses Henry Lawson’s text to explore the gothic tale of a family menaced by a snake' (p.14).
1 Tender Look at Youthful Troubles Fiona Gruber , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 August 2011; (p. 17)

— Review of Tenderness 2008 single work drama
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