The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones Elias Visontay

Hayes Theatre Com­pany, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. To­day, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $59-$65. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337. Un­til Oc­to­ber 3. The Aliens Amer­i­can play­wright An­nie Baker has been men­tioned in the same breath as Chekhov and it’s a com­par­i­son that has merit. Baker, 34, del­i­cately probes be­neath the sur­face of ap­par­ently or­di­nary and of­ten frag­ile lives to un­earth the strug­gle and the won­der of life. At Syd­ney’s Old Fitz Theatre, Out­house Theatre Co gives Baker’s The Aliens (2010) a lu­mi­nous pro­duc­tion. KJ (Ben Wood) and Jasper (Jeremy Wa­ters) hang out in the cruddy garbage area at the back of a cafe and draw shy young staffer Evan (James Bell) into their lit­tle cir­cle. Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowl­ing Street, Wool­loomooloo. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $25-$35. Book­ings: 0422 198 955 or online. Un­til Septem­ber 19.

La Travi­ata Lit­tle Big Shots In its 10th year, Lit­tle Big Shots in­cludes lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s shorts, an­i­ma­tions, doc­u­men­taries and child­pro­duced films that ex­plore themes of lan­guage, cul­tural di­ver­sity and hu­man­ity. Screen­ing at the fes­ti­val is the Os­car-win­ning French short Hublot, as well as an an­i­ma­tion that fol­lows an old bear as he tells his life story through a me­chan­i­cal dio­rama. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Opens Fri­day. Var­i­ous ses­sion times. Tick­ets: $18-$25. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Un­til Septem­ber 13.

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