There is a fine tradition of making Romeo and Juliet very young and naive, dating back at least to Franco Zeffirelli’s revolutionary film version in 1968. That certainly explains the breathless foolishness of their lightning-fast romance. Peter Evans’s new production appears to be going for something like that but, in a play already full of absurd coincidences, the result is so frantic, the performance style so exaggerated and the tone so crudely energetic that the tragedy is all but lost. Kelly Paterniti, as Juliet, comes closest to pulling this style off. Her performance is very clear, as a feisty girl who falls for a Romeo whose main appeal seems to be that he is nothing like anyone else in her family. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $35-$90. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777. Until March 27. 80 Minutes No Interval Failed novelist Louis has turned to theatre reviewing after a series of hardships — a breakup with his girlfriend, being kicked out of his parents’ home, and even a stint in prison. Despite this run of bad luck, he remains determined to pursue his ambitions as a writer. Written and directed by Travis Cotton. Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. Opens Tuesday. Tickets: $38. Bookings: (02) 9356 3848. Until April 9.
Heavy Artillery Hannah Gadsby: Dogmatic Comedian Hannah Gadsby “attempts to explain her thought processes and woeful life choices that have led her to where she is today” with characteristic sarcasm and deadpan humour. The show is on a national tour.