The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen Chris Boyd

but in fact this is a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of ar­chi­tec­turally am­bi­tious dwellings that are the an­tithe­sis of the McMan­sion of subur­bia. Th­ese are re­mark­able struc­tures de­signed to be in and com­mune with the equally re­mark­able nat­u­ral set­tings in which most of them are con­structed. Ul­ti­mately th­ese are homes de­signed to help us be more bal­anced and serene, but we may won­der whether we have to be this rich to have a har­mo­nious en­vi­ron­ment; and de­sign alone will not make us happy with­out a will­ing­ness to change our lives. Mu­seum of Syd­ney, cor­ner of Bridge and Phillip streets, Syd­ney. Ad­mis­sion: $5-$10. In­quiries: (02) 9251 5988 or on­line. Un­til Novem­ber 29. Ochre, Spinifex & Foil Three ma­te­ri­als are used as sym­bolic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of larger so­ci­o­log­i­cal ideas about Aus­tralia de­sign and the ideas of au­then­tic­ity, preser­va­tion and cul­tural cap­i­tal. The gallery space will be filled by large pan­els of light, draw­ing and im­agery, dis­plays of spinifex and foil, and dark­ened tableaus of ochres. Tin Sheds Gallery, Univer­sity of Syd­ney, 148 City Road, Dar­ling­ton. Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 9351 3115 or on­line. Ends Fri­day.

Anal­ogy artists have been cho­sen by John Bell to cre­ate a se­ries of works in­spired by the Bard. Wendy Sharpe, Ni­cholas Hard­ing, Ann Thomp­son, Ken Done and Ta­mara Dean, among oth­ers, take Shake­speare’s most fa­mous plays as in­spi­ra­tion for their works. Western foy­ers, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Opens Mon­day. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Novem­ber 15. Bell Shake­speare’s Ham­let Line for line, phrase for phrase, Damien Ryan’s pro­duc­tion of Ham­let for Bell Shake­speare is one of the most playful and smart read­ings of the play in re­cent years. It’s up there with John Bell’s 2003 pro­duc­tion. The great fea­ture of this pro­duc­tion is its in­ti­macy. How won­der­ful it is to see this play (per­formed by a cast of 10) in a stu­dio-sized theatre. Com­bined with Ryan’s fresh and of­ten sur­pris­ing stag­ing, it makes this a pro­duc­tion for Shake­speare gu­rus, too. Rag­time have seen the 45-yearold be­come a stal­wart of the US stage. She ap­pears along­side the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra per­form­ing show tunes. Ophe­lia, with guest so­prano Allison Bell. The quar­tet also per­forms Schu­bert’s Death and the Maiden and Juan Crisostomo de Ar­riaga’s String Quar­tet No 3. Gan­del Hall, Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Can­berra. Sun­day, 2pm. Tick­ets: $30-$65. Book­ings: (02) 6240 6701.

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