Monday, April 22, 2024

THEATRE

THEATRE

A Case for the Existence of God

God doesn’t rate a mention in Samuel D. Hunter’s sensitive and probing A Case for the Existence of God, however faith is rewarded in a low-key and moving way. Faith in what, we ask, or is it simply the hope that things in the end might turn out not to be irredeemably wretched for both characters in this tightly directed absorbing two-hander.

Australia Felix

Australia Felix is an entertaining and thoughtful play. Writer Geoffrey Sykes has chosen the ideal story through which to probe our chequered history and the uncertainty of our future, the cast is very appealing in their various roles and have good voices, and Steve Wood’s songs are both catchy and purposeful.

Collide

Collide is Shopfront’s most recent ArtsLab program showcasing the work of emerging artists who are given not only the opportunity to develop their work but also the support of practising professional artists. The current festival of new work includes three completely original and, each in their unique way, inspiring theatrical performances.

Holding the Man

Adapted by Tommy Murphy from Tim Conigrave’s 1995 best-selling memoir, first staged in 2006 and turned into a film in 2015, Holding the Man, while a queer classic of  Sydney literature and stage, has almost reached mythic status.

Agapi and Other Kinds of Love

Agapi and Other Kinds of Love is an innovative and intriguing show merging hip-hop beats with music for ancient instruments and swinging in time between Athens in 416 BCE and the modern-day city. The text, exploring different kinds of love and inspired by Plato’s The Symposium is performed by poet and rapper Luka Lesson ...

Alone It Stands

You don’t need to know much about rugby to enjoy this warm, effervescent, funny rendition of an iconic match in 1978 between the formidable All Blacks from New Zealand and an amateur team from Limerick in Munster, Ireland.

Tiny Beautiful Things

The audience reaction to Tiny Beautiful Things was rapt attention throughout and rapturous applause at the close. This moving and life-affirming performance based on Cheryl Strayed’s best-seller and adapted for theatre by Nia Varlados comes at a time when many are struggling to find consolation or hope in dark and confusing times.

Tiddas

The play is an adaptation of Anita Heiss’ much-loved novel and now, as a part of Sydney Festival’s Blak Out program, it is Sydney’s turn to enjoy this funny, heartwarming theatrical treat.

Midnight Murder at Hamlington Hall

Would you like to go to the theatre and enjoy a night of sheer fun, ridiculous antics and hilariously organised chaos? As good as pre-Christmas drinks, the Ensemble’s absurd romp Midnight Murder at Hamlington Hall offers a welcome escape from responsible adulthood and permission to indulge in giggling at Kilmurry and Oxenbould’s cheerfully zany take on the well-worn phrase “What could go wrong?”

The Master and Margarita

The enthusiastic opening night audience gave a standing ovation to Eamon Flack’s ambitious and magical adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s complex and layered novel The Master and Margarita. What is the connection between a novel written during the Stalinist regime and only published as a complete book in 1967 and a contemporary audience whose freedom of expression seems unrestricted by comparison?

The Lost Boys

Taking inspiration from the concept of the Lost Boys, Peter Pan’s companions, the Little Eggs Collective has devised a mesmerising hour-long performance of soundscape, movement and spoken word exploring the volatile emotional “innerscape” of the modern pre-teen.

The Memory of Water

Shelagh Stephenson’s 1996 prize-winning play The Memory of Water is surprisingly relevant as it explores the influence, actual or imagined, of a mother upon the future lives of her children.

Message of hope and humanity

In an Australian premiere, spectacular new dance-theatre work Message In a Bottle from award-winning choreographer Kate Prince, set to the music of 17-time Grammy award-winning artist Sting, has opened at the Joan Sutherland Theatre as part of the Opera House’s 50th Birthday Festival.

Robyn Archer: An Australian Songbook

When Robyn Archer walked onto the stage a palpable wave of warmth swept the room as she accepted her first round of applause.

ARTSLAB: Drifters

Drifters presents the second of its twice-yearly festival of new work from Shopfront Arts Residency program which partners emerging artists with industry mentors and provides a performance opportunity. The fresh, lively and thoughtful program offers an exciting glimpse into the creative minds of the young and vibrant.

The Disappearance

The Disappearance, adapted by Les Solomon from Kim Platt’s novel The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear, fits well with Mental Health Month which is intended to raise community awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

Juanita Nielsen: The Final Days

Deadhouse Productions, purveyors of tales from the Sydney Morgue, once again both thrill and haunt their audience with their very successful immersive presentation of Juanita Nielsen: The Final Days.

Is There Something Wrong with that Lady?

Is There Something Wrong with that Lady? ... No! There's a super Aussie Scheherazade at work.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill miss it at your peril!

The Dismissal

As well as explaining the details of a major constitutional crisis with clarity, The Dismissal is also a stylish musical satirising Australian politics and politicians.

idk

Led by Artistic Director, Danielle Micich, Force Majeure’s idk explores contemporary uncertainty and is playful, sexy and provocative.

The Hollow

Under Molly Hadden’s direction, Agatha Christie’s “country house murder”, beautifully indulges our nostalgia for a partly imaginary past while allowing its major characters complex motivation.

Catherine at Avignon

Subtlenuance’s return production of Paul Gilchrist’s Catherine at Avignon is very relevant in the wake of Greta Thunberg’s challenge to world leaders to act on climate change.

The Weekend

Although not without its dramatic moments, The Weekend is deeply moving because its disclosures are low key, often almost tacit and often suggested through stage effects.

The Turn of the Screw

Richard Hilliar’s stage adaptation of Henry James’s much-debated novella The Turn of the Screw delights in presenting a range of Gothic horror elements while giving James’s apparent theme a more contemporary perspective.

Yuldea

Yuldea, the anticipated full-length performance choreographed by Frances Rings in her new role as Artistic Director of the iconic Bangarra Dance Company, is an extraordinary achievement.

Consent

In Consent, Nina Raine takes a vigorous, sharp and often witty look at the purveyors of legal justice.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Genesian’s production of Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s hilarious re-invention of the celebrity detective Sherlock Holmes’s well-known case The Hound of the Baskervilles is a must-see.

Party Girl

Party Girl, written and performed by Lucy Heffernan, is a strong and exciting opening to Purple Tape’s festival program “Taping Over” at the new KXT.

Clyde’s

According to author A. D. Aliwat, “When done right, a sandwich can lead to transcendence”, and so it does, or something like it, in Lynn Nottage’s very funny truck stop café play Clyde’s .

Expiration Date

In Expiration Date, Flynn Mapplebeck and Lana Filies are trapped in a shiny lift but, more importantly, in a society which still is uneasy with women who choose profession over motherhood.

UFO

Once again, Griffin Theatre has brought experimental and absorbing theatre to its small stage in UFO.

Emergence

Emergence is a retrospective look at, and a celebration of, Milk Crate’s 24 years of making performance work by and with people with lived experience of homelessness, mental health issues and disability.

This Sweeney Todd was a cut above

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts’ recent production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was razor sharp and riveting.

ArtsLab: Body of Work

In Body of Works ArtsLab has once again brought some thoughtful, provocative, relevant and imaginative work to 107 Projects.

Into the Woods

Belvoir’s production of the musical Into the Woods is brilliantly cast, cleverly staged and superbly entertaining.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Jay James-Moody’s successful adaptation of On a Clear Day explores the complex themes of loss, gender, sexuality, and power amid the hilarity generated by a comedy of errors.

Sex Magick

In Sex Magick, Nicholas Brown’s both playful and inclusive approach to sexuality and identity is enlightening and most welcome in a time obsessed with labelling.

The Lies We Were Told

The Lies We Were Told is about moments and there are so many moments – funny, sad, wistful, zany and unexpected – that are memorable.

The Resistance

The Resistance is a great option for a family outing, for lovers of interactive theatre and for those who like a rollicking comedy with a serious message.

A Broadcast Coup

A Broadcast Coup is both laugh-aloud funny and bitingly observant as playwright Melanie Tait examines the complex workplace issues given prominence by the 2017 #MeToo movement.

Dance Clan

This year’s thrillingly bold revival of the Dance Clan program begins a new era as the gracious Frances Rings assumes the role of Artistic Director at Bangarra, formerly held by the iconic Stephen Page.

Blue

In Blue, Thomas Weatherall performs a poignant and uplifting monologue about coming of age and coming to terms with sorrow.

Edward the Emu

The award-winning Monkey Baa’s inventive, loving, and hilarious production of Edward the Emu combines two classic Australian children’s picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clements.

Love from a Stranger

A high-spirited take on Love from a Stranger from the Genesian Theatre Company offers an immensely entertaining night at the theatre.

Here We Are Again!

Shopfront Arts Co-op offers emerging artists the valuable opportunity to work with a mentor and the gift of having their work exhibited or staged at an ArtsLab festival. The latest offering is fresh and energetic.

The Jungle and the Sea

Co-written and directed by S.Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack, the deeply moving The Jungle and the Sea is prequel to the internationally successful and award-winning Counting and Cracking.

Somewhere South

Writer and director Geoffrey Sykes has drawn on the D.H. Lawrence novel Kangaroo to create Somewhere South in which he explores Lawrence’s complex and shifting responses to a raw society and to the ancient Australian landscape.

Tideline

Tideline is sensitively envisioned and creatively staged by the very exciting Théâtre Excentrique.

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In obviously speaks to contemporary times but it is the appealing age-old story of lovers frustrated by circumstance that wins our hearts.

Past the Shallows

Adapted from Favel Parrett’s award-winning novel by Julian Larnach, and sensitively directed by Ben Winspear, Past the Shallows is a haunting blend of lyricism and violence.

Looking for Alibrandi

Adapted by Vidya Rajan and Stephen Nicolazzo from Melina Marchetta’s much-loved ’90s novel, Looking for Alibrandi is a refreshing, funny, painful and invigorating revisiting of the migratory encounter with a dominant culture.