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

Sydney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Ends today, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $78-$104. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Ends tomorrow. Mack & Ma­bel Some­times love just isn’t enough. Things didn’t work out for film pi­o­neer Mack Sen­nett and his wildly pop­u­lar dis­cov­ery Ma­bel Nor­mand, and they don’t for the Jerry Her­man mu­si­cal named af­ter them. Gen­uine af­fec­tion for Mack & Ma­bel’s score un­der­pins the oc­ca­sional re­vival but the show will never be more than B-list at best, and then only if it gets a stag­ing ca­pa­ble of di­vert­ing at­ten­tion from its flaws. Her­man’s score is em­i­nently hummable — songs in­clude I Won’t Send Roses and Time Heals Ev­ery­thing — but Michael Ste­wart’s book is lousy. Us­ing clumsy flashback, it tells rather than shows, and Nor­mand (An­gelique Cas­si­ma­tis) is de­fined through her pas­sion for Sen­nett (Scott Ir­win). Not a Peo­ple Per­son Aus­tralian co­me­dian Sam Sim­mons (pic­tured) will perform in Sydney for the first time in two years. This year, Sim­mons’s shows sold out at the Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val, Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val and the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val. Last year he won the Barry Award for best show at the Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val and best com­edy show at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val. Sydney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Sydney. Opens Jan­uary 5, 8.30pm. Tick­ets: $35-$45. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary 14.

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