The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - JM

Faith Healer In this great play, Brian Friel takes three ap­par­ently mis­er­able lives and — through po­etry, nar­ra­tive rev­e­la­tions and a per­vad­ing sense of the hu­man­ity of these poor peo­ple — raises them up to make their strug­gles be­tween faith and des­per­a­tion al­most sub­lime. And, in Judy Davis’s pro­duc­tion, Colin Friels, Ali­son Whyte and Pip Miller bring it to life in a way that is thought­pro­vok­ing and ter­ri­bly mov­ing. Frank Hardy is an Ir­ish faith healer trav­el­ling the back­coun­try vil­lages of Wales and Scot­land be­cause he can­not or does not want to go home. He sus­pects that he may be a char­la­tan but hopes against hope that he isn’t. His wife Grace (or per­haps his mis­tress, their sto­ries dis­agree) trav­els with him, to­gether with Teddy, a cock­ney show­man who has taken on the dif­fi­cult job of manag­ing Frank through more than 20 years of wan­der­ing. The play evolves in parts as each of the three tells the story in mono­logue. Belvoir St Theatre, Up­stairs Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 50min, no in­ter­val. Un­til Novem­ber 27. Dream Lover Antigone Antigone is a child of war. The new adap­ta­tion by Damien Ryan of Sopho­cles’s play for Sport for Jove Theatre Com­pany ex­plores con­cepts such as: what do we do with the body of a ter­ror­ist, who has brought de­struc­tion, death and hor­ror to our com­mu­nity, when that ter­ror­ist is our brother? Damien Ryan and Terry Kara­belas co-di­rect a cast that in­cludes An­drea Deme­tri­ades, Wil­liam Zappa and Anna Vol­ska. River­side Theatre, cor­ner Mar­ket and Church Streets, Par­ra­matta. Ends to­day, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $25-$39. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399 or on­line. An Ortho­dox Christ­mas The Song Com­pany is fea­tur­ing a pro­gram for Ad­vent and Christ­mas in­fused with the sounds of Ge­or­gian and Greek tra­di­tions. Di­rected by Antony Pitts (pic­tured), the af­ter­noon of car­ols in­cludes

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