Cir­cus

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

Bobby Darin’s songs give biomu­si­cal Dream Lover a solid base but his life clinches the deal. Darin (played here by David Campbell) grew up in a lov­ing fam­ily that had big se­crets. He was po­lit­i­cally ac­tive, mar­ried San­dra Dee, head­lined at the swanki­est night­clubs, en­joyed suc­cess as a film ac­tor, had a ca­reer slump and a re­vival, and died at 37. Ob­vi­ously there’s a lot to know and the Dream Lover set-up is promis­ing. A thrilling 18-piece band is ar­rayed show­room­style on three lev­els as Darin’s life is seen through the lens of a dying man’s mem­o­ries. Syd­ney Lyric Theatre, Pir­rama Road. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $72-$135. Book­ings: 1300 723 038. Un­til Novem­ber 27. The In­de­pen­dent Theatre, Miller Street, North Syd­ney. To­mor­row only, 3pm. Tick­ets: $20-$60 Book­ings: (02) 9409 4462 or on­line. Kooza Sim­plic­ity is a rel­a­tive term in the Cirque du Soleil uni­verse, but Kooza comes close to pro­vid­ing the old-fash­ioned en­joy­ment that used to be associated with the cir­cus. There are no an­i­mals, of course, but Kooza does fea­ture a man in an ex­cel­lent, fully func­tional dog suit (those in the front row be­ware). A nar­ra­tive of sorts

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