The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton Deb­o­rah Jones SFK

(M) An ex­cel­lent modern thriller that should il­lu­mi­nate for many the in­tri­ca­cies and dilem­mas of modern war­fare. While se­nior mil­i­tary lead­ers in Bri­tain and the US (played, among oth­ers, by He­len Mir­ren and the late Alan Rick­man) watch on video screens images sup­plied by a high-fly­ing drone lo­cated over a “safe house” used by So­mali ter­ror­ists in Kenya, de­bate en­sues as to whether the an­tic­i­pated col­lat­eral dam­age would be jus­ti­fi­able to pre­vent a pos­si­ble sui­cide bomb­ing. South African direc­tor Gavin Hood piles on sus­pense with an ex­pert hand.

Mir­a­cles from Heaven In Tem­pore Paschali This Easter sea­son per­for­mance by The Song Com­pany ex­plores sa­cred polyphony. The pro­gram in­cludes Gombert’s In illo tem­pore lo­quente Jesu, Mon­teverdi’s Missa In illo tem­pore and Antony Pitts’s Thou wast present as on this day. St Mary’s Crypt, St Marys Road, Syd­ney. Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $20-$55. Book­ings: (09) 8272 9500 or on­line. Heav­enly Crea­tures The Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra and Syd­ney Phil­har­mon­ica Choirs com­bine for this per­for­mance con­ducted by Brett Wey­mark. The pro­gram in­cludes Beethoven’s The Crea­tures of Prometheus: Over­ture, Haydn’s Te Deum for the Em­press Marie Therese and Mozart’s Litany of the Blessed Sacra­ment, K243. City Recital Hall, 2 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. Thurs­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $39-$89. Book­ings: (02) 8215 4600 or on­line. pro­duc­tion gets that only su­per­fi­cially. There’s a ter­rific 14-strong cast (pic­tured) stud­ded with ex­cep­tional voices (Casey Dono­van, Christo­pher Scalzo and Nana Mat­a­pule) and they all throw them­selves into the fray earnestly. For the most part, though, Rent feels oddly dis­tanc­ing de­spite the deci­bels. Direc­tor Shaun Ren­nie made a choice that sends the pro­duc­tion in a di­rec­tion quite the op­po­site from the one he pre­sum­ably in­tended. The cast fre­quently uses elab­o­rate hand ges­tures — sign lan­guage — in uni­son or in grow­ing lay­ers in a mis­guided way of con­vey­ing the state of be­ing mis­un­der­stood. All that fussi­ness and busy­ness is, I re­gret to say, af­fected rather than af­fect­ing. Rent’s pull lies in its es­sen­tial sim­plic­ity, de­liv­ered loud and clear. It’s sweetly un­com­pli­cated, sen­ti­men­tal even. The last thing Rent needs is to be gussied up. Hayes Theatre Com­pany, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. Opens Tues­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $59-$74. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7377. Un­til April 17. King Charles III Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III ar­rives at the Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany for its Aus­tralian pre­miere straight from its West End and Broad­way runs. Win­ner of last year’s Olivier Award for best new play, it ex­plores what may hap­pen when the Queen dies and Prince Charles as­cends the throne with Camilla by his side. Di­rected by Almeida Theatre artis­tic direc­tor Ru­pert Goold. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Opens Fri­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $84-$116. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777. his first at Padding­ton’s Aus­tralian Gal­leries since 2012. “Weight is show­ing us a land that is an­cient, per­fect and un­sul­lied,” says artist Carol Ruff in an ac­com­pa­ny­ing ex­hi­bi­tion state­ment. “He takes tremen­dous care with each im­age. He thinks noth­ing of driv­ing 100km from his base in Alice Springs to find a cer­tain tree for his shot, then re­turn­ing to that tree, day and night, some­times even years later.” Weight’s last ex­hi­bi­tion at the venue was a col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs of Aus­tralian artist Mar­garet Ol­ley. Syd­ney­based Weight rose to promi­nence dur­ing the early 1970s as part of Martin Sharp’s bo­hemian artists’ col­lec­tive Yel­low House, a group that in­cluded Brett White­ley, Peter Kingston and Ge­orge Git­toes. Aus­tralian Gal­leries, 15 Royl­ston Street, Padding­ton. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9360 5177 or on­line. Ends Mon­day.

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