Clas­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones Lucy Tre­main

We also know The De­tec­tive’s Hand­book has been given a ter­rific pro­duc­tion. Jonathan Biggins’s di­rec­tion doesn’t let a sight gag or piece of comic tim­ing es­cape, Michael Ty­ack is the ex­pert mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and James Browne’s de­sign is a marvel of el­e­gance and econ­omy. The cast is ab­so­lutely top drawer. Writer Ian Fer­ring­ton has a way with words, no doubt about it, and Olga So­lar’s score is un­fail­ingly at­trac­tive and stylish. Rap rhythms, jazz moods and smooth 50s bal­lads go down eas­ily and the laughs come thick and fast if you’re par­tial to a pun. This lov­ing pro­duc­tion gives The De­tec­tive’s Hand­book more than it war­rants but let’s call it an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture. It would be good to think Fer­ring­ton and So­lar are al­ready work­ing on some­thing else. Also star­ring Tony Co­gin and Sheridan Har­bridge (pic­tured). Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point, Syd­ney. To­day, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $45-$50. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337. Ends tonight. Mozart’s Re­quiem: 100 Voices The Bran­den­burg Choir joins forces with lo­cally se­lected chil­dren to form the Bran­den­burg Young Voices. In this per­for­mance, they will ex­plore works from the Re­nais­sance through to the clas­si­cal pe­riod. Un­der Paul Dyer’s di­rec­tion, the choirs will sing pieces by Rut­ter, Palest­rina and oth­ers, fol­lowed by Han­del’s Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus fin­ish­ing with Mozart’s Re­quiem Mass in D Mi­nor. City Recital Hall, 2 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. Ends Wed­nes­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $32-$144. Book­ings: 1300 782 856 or on­line.

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