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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Tim Dou­glas John McCal­lum JM

ab­stract con­cept. Time forms the ba­sis of his prac­tice. It is his life’s work. It may be, in fact, an ob­ses­sion. The show is the first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of Miya­jima’s prac­tice in this coun­try and in­cludes a 35-work cross-sec­tion from across his 40-year ca­reer. Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, The Rocks, Syd­ney. Fri-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm. Ad­mis­sion: $12-$22. In­quiries: (02) 9245 2400. Un­til March. Out of Hand: Ma­te­ri­al­is­ing the Post­dig­i­tal This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­ture in con­tem­po­rary art, sci­ence, fash­ion de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture. It fea­tures works by more than 60 artists, de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects from across the 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 ( Glen­garry Glen Ross) to Hol­ly­wood. Two pro­duc­ers, played by Da­mon Her­ri­man and Lachy Hulme, strug­gling to make it big in a film 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 film in­stead. The trou­ble with this re­vival is that the cen­tral con­flict is now nei­ther new nor 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. 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 that al­most ru­ins the logic but ends up work­ing as an ex­tra layer. This is a work that ex­ploits the con­stant sur­prise of hu­man folly. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $78-$104. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777. Un­til De­cem­ber 17.

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