(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.