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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS Chris Boyd

(M) Were there an Os­car for best per­for­mance in an oth­er­wise or­di­nary film, Syd­ney co­me­dian and ac­tress Rebel Wil­son would have re­ceived my vote a few times in re­cent years. It’s ter­rific to see Wil­son with a lead­ing role, along­side Amer­i­can star Dakota John­son, in How to Be Sin­gle. She does not dis­ap­point, light­ing up the screen with her ex­u­ber­ant, brassy, edgy hu­mour. Snap­pily di­rected by Chris­tian Dit­ter, the film cen­tres on four sin­gle women in New York City. Like so many movies, it’s about 30 min­utes too long, but over­all it’s a cut above the stan­dard sin­gle­ton com­edy, buoyed by Wil­son’s knock­out per­for­mance.

Con­cus­sion (M) The true story of the Nige­rian doc­tor, played by Will Smith, whose warn­ings about the dam­age be­ing done to the brains of foot­ballers were greeted with hos­til­ity by the Na­tional Foot­ball League. With Alec Bald­win and Al­bert Brooks as two of Smith’s sup­port­ers, the film is grip­ping as long as it deals with the cru­sad­ing medico’s con­flict with the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar sport, but less so in the ro­man­tic sub­plot in­volv­ing the Kenyan woman he mar­ries.

Risen Scheherazade: Her Story Con­tin­ues Niko­lai Rim­sky-Kor­sakov’s sym­phonic poem Scheherazade, based on the fa­ble One Thou­sand and One Nights, has be­come a con­cert hall clas­sic, evok­ing the story of the Per­sian queen who evades her ex­e­cu­tion by spin­ning tales for the Sul­tan across 1001 nights. The Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra will per­form this work, fol­lowed by the Aus­tralian pre­miere of John Adams’s con­tem­po­rary Scheherazade 2, a new vi­olin con­certo that speaks to the op­pres­sion of women through­out his­tory. With Leila Jose­fow­icz as vi­olin soloist. land is un­break­able, that it merely lies dor­mant in those who have been dis­placed. Frances Rings’s chore­og­ra­phy is as rich as her con­cept. It’s also some of the most de­tailed, orig­i­nal and chal­leng­ing dance at­tempted by Ban­garra in its his­tory. Ter­rain man­ages to be breath­tak­ing with­out be­ing con­ven­tion­ally spec­tac­u­lar. There’s not a sim­ple ges­ture in the en­tire piece. Each foot flex and flick is like a ca­ress. When con­tem­po­rary dance is ob­sessed with all things biomor­phic, Rings’s chore­og­ra­phy is star­tlingly dif­fer­ent. River­side Theatre, cor­ner of Church and Mar­ket streets, Par­ra­matta. Fri­day and March 5, 12.30pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $45$59. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399.

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