The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - John McCal­lum

Akhtar’s play only pe­riph­er­ally but it is an in­di­ca­tion of the force with which Akhtar deals with Amer­i­can-Is­lamic re­la­tions af­ter 9/11. He is ad­dress­ing his un­cle Amir, a wealthy and suc­cess­ful cor­po­rate lawyer who is mar­ried to a white artist. Amir is a deeply con­flicted man, played pow­er­fully by Sachin Joab. In ev­ery way other than the cul­ture he was brought up in, he is an Amer­i­can. But as the events of this din­ner party drama un­fold, it be­comes clear that he can­not al­to­gether let go of his past. Steve Fran­cis has cre­ated an evoca­tive au­dio land­scape and di­rec­tor Sarah Goodes’s pro­duc­tion is ar­tic­u­late and clear. Wharf Theatre, Pier 4 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $64-$103. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Un­til June 4. Xanadu the Mu­si­cal Head On Photo Festival Head On Foun­da­tion (estab­lished in 2008) is a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the work of pho­tog­ra­phers at all stages of their ca­reers, en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tion and at­tempt­ing to make photography ac­ces­si­ble to all. The Head On Festival has toured in­ter­na­tion­ally and aims to pro­vide a bridge be­tween Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional pho­to­graphic mar­kets. This year’s festival is hosted at numer­ous venues across Syd­ney, ex­hibit­ing the work of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists, in­clud­ing Mel­bourne-based Steve Scalone and Is­raeli Natan Dvir. A pro­gram of talks, work­shops and screen­ings will also fea­ture.

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