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The Win­ter’s Tale

John Bell (pic­tured) fil­ters The Win­ter’s Tale, Shake­speare’s late, great fa­ble, through the eyes of the boy Mamil­lius, plac­ing all the ac­tion in his bed­room amid child-size chairs, a tum­ble of toys and a dress-up box. Here Leontes, king of Si­cily, launches into a be­wil­der­ing de­nun­ci­a­tion of his wife, Hermione, and or­ders the deaths of those clos­est to him, Mamil­lius dies and his new­born sis­ter is aban­doned in Bo­hemia. Six­teen years pass and, mag­i­cally, har­mony is re­stored. Bell’s is a touch­ing de­ci­sion but a lim­it­ing one. There are many mem­o­rable im­ages but the lev­els of su­per­sti­tion, art and ra­tio­nal thought. But we have to nut it all out some­how or life is not worth liv­ing. A theatre di­rec­tor, Will Drum­mond, is wrestling with a pro­duc­tion of The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest and has been asked to give a school talk on Ber­tolt Brecht. The play is partly a se­ries of speeches in which in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters ex­plain what they think they know or re­mem­ber. They are played by an as­ton­ish­ingly star-stud­ded cast. Brendan Cow­ell gives a beau­ti­ful per­for­mance of a man who is used to try­ing to make artis­tic sense of things but is blind­sided by the shock­ing event we watch slowly creep­ing up on him.

Ganesh Ver­sus the Third Re­ich

Af­ter an in­ter­na­tional tour that took in 16 cities, Ganesh Ver­sus the Third Re­ich is mak­ing its Syd­ney de­but at Car­riage­works. The win­ner of the 2012 Helpmann Award for best play is pre­sented by Back to Back Theatre and is per­formed by an en­sem­ble of five ac­tors with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. It fol­lows the Hindu ele­phant­headed god Ganesh on a jour­ney through Nazi Ger­many to re­claim the swastika, high­light­ing is­sues of ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

Alexan­der Zubrzycki Car­riage­works. 245 Wil­son Street, Red­fern. Ends tonight, 8pm. Tick­ets: $20-$35. Book­ings: 136 100 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 40min.

John McCallum Up­stairs Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $48-$68. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 40min, no in­ter­val. Un­til March 23.

Jump for Jordan

This sur­pris­ingly funny and very mov­ing play, di­rected by Iain Sin­clair, deals with is­sues that first be­came fa­mil­iar in the drama of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in the 1980s, but it does so with such a fresh­ness that the story feels as if it is be­ing told for the first time. Two daugh­ters of a mi­grant Jor­da­nian fam­ily have grown up in Aus­tralia and have found Aus­tralian part­ners, but they are tor­mented in dif­fer­ent ways by the op­pres­sive weight of a cul­tural tra­di­tion brought out by their mother — from one desert to an­other. The set, by Pip Runci­man, shows an Aus­tralian sub­ur­ban lounge room in­vaded by a huge drift of desert sand. There is a great deal packed into this rel­a­tively short show. All ex­iles have a story to tell. With Sal Sharah and Doris Younane.

JM SBW Sta­bles Theatre, 10 Nim­rod Street, Kings Cross. To­day, 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $19-$49 (re­turns only). Book­ings (02) 9361 3817 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 90min, no in­ter­val. Un­til March 29. chair­man of Sotheby’s Aus­tralia, which is host­ing the collection at its premises at 30 Queen Street, Wool­lahra. “We are greatly in­debted to the gen­eros­ity of all the pri­vate lenders and their will­ing­ness to share their trea­sured works of art with the broader com­mu­nity.’’ The pro­ceeds of ad­mis­sion will be do­nated to the Aus­tralian Bal­let. Sotheby’s Aus­tralia, 30 Queen Street, Wool­lahra. Daily 10am5pm. Ad­mis­sion: $10-$20. In­quiries: (02) 9302 2402. Un­til March 23. story of a for­mer iron­man cham­pion and his wheelchair­bound son, who join forces to com­pete in a triathlon in Nice. The pro­gram in­cludes the world pre­miere of Folies Berg­ere, a com­edy with Is­abelle Hup­pert. An­other high­light will be Ro­man Polan­ski’s Venus in

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