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

A Flea in Her Ear Here is a mod­ern adap­ta­tion by An­drew Up­ton of Ge­orges Fey­deau’s 1907 play that re­places the scan­dal of mere adul­tery with some­thing out­ra­geous enough to serve in these more deca­dent times. Si­mon Phillips di­rects it with a feel­ing for the in­ex­orable logic that un­der­lies the ab­sur­dity of it all, and a splen­didly chore­ographed cas­cade of stage busi­ness, full of doors, stair­cases, se­cret cup­boards and prat­falls. We watch the char­ac­ters’ wily plans, se­cret de­sires and out­raged re­ac­tions all lead to chaos. There’s a self­aware­ness in this Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany pro­duc­tion, a wink­ing to the au­di­ence, that al­most ru­ins the logic but ends up work­ing as an ex­tra layer. This is a work that ex­ploits, to great comic ef­fect, the con­stant sur­prise of hu­man folly. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 8pm (re­turns only). Tick­ets: $78-$104. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777. Un­til De­cem­ber 17. The Turquoise Ele­phant Speed-the-Plow David Mamet’s ex­plo­ration of Amer­i­can busi­ness life and the odd am­biva­lence of the male re­la­tion­ships that sus­tain it moves here from the world of real es­tate (in his 1984 play) to the world of Hol­ly­wood. Two pro­duc­ers played by Da­mon Her­ri­man and Lachy Hulme (pic­tured) strug­gling to make it big in a movie stu­dio are about to pitch a com­mer­cial movie to their boss when their tem­po­rary sec­re­tary (Rose Byrne) chal­lenges one of them to pitch a se­ri­ous movie in­stead. The trou­ble with this re­vival is that this cen­tral con­flict is now nei­ther new nor Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars

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