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

This ab­sur­dist farce by Stephen Car­leton sug­gests that some­how we will in­sist on danc­ing as the world col­lapses around us. It is the near fu­ture. The tem­per­a­ture out­side is 48C and Mel­bourne has al­ready been drowned. In­side a fortress-re­treat two mega-rich old ladies keep up the strug­gle. Di­rec­tor Gale Ed­wards turns the ex­cess of it all into some­thing fright­en­ing and dis­turbingly ex­hil­a­rat­ing in this Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany pro­duc­tion. De­sign­ers Brian Thom­son (set) and Emma Vine (cos­tumes) have cre­ated a space and a look that is beau­ti­ful and deca­dent. There are great per­for­mances by Mag­gie Dence and Belinda Giblin as the two grand dames. Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany, SBW Sta­bles Theatre, 10 Nim­rod Street, Kings Cross. To­day, 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $35-$55. Book­ings: (02) 9361 3817. Un­til Novem­ber 26. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 30min, no in­ter­val. par­tic­u­larly con­vinc­ing. There is sav­age com­edy and good per­for­mances but it is hard to un­der­stand why this play needed to be re­vived. Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. To­day, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $84-$116. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 35min, no in­ter­val. Un­til De­cem­ber 17. Nude This ex­hi­bi­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Tate Lon­don and the Art Gallery of NSW. It con­tains more than 100 ma­jor rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the nude, in­clud­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures, pho­to­graphs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Pi­casso, Lu­cian Freud, Henri Matisse, Louise Bour­geois and Sarah Lu­cas. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Do­main, Syd­ney. Thurs-Tues, 10am-5pm, Wed, 10am-10pm. Ad­mis­sion: $14-$24. In­quiries: (02) 9225 1700. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 5.

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