NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Daily, 9am-5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9230 2111 or online. Until April 28. Margaret Olley: Painter, Peer, Mentor, Muse A sense of sociability, of learning together, mutual encouragement and common purpose is the most appealing aspect of the Margaret Olley exhibition at SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney. Olley was not herself a great artist, although she painted some appealing pictures, but she was part of a network of relationships that extended from her days as a student to her later encouragement of younger practitioners. Olley’s best work was in still-life compositions particularly within the environment of her home, which became legendary for its dense assemblages of pictures, furniture, vases, flowers, screens and objects of all kinds. SH Ervin Gallery, 2 Watson Road, Millers Point, Sydney. Admission: $7-$10. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. Inquiries: (02) 9258 0173. Until March 26. Save Our Fish From Drowning Hedar Abadi’s solo exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse, Save Our Fish From Drowning, references the social context of his new home in Liverpool after fleeing war-torn Iraq where he lived, trained and worked as a propaganda painter during the authoritarian reign of Saddam Hussein. La Traviata This production by Elijah Moshinsky shows the life of socialite Violetta, played by Ermonela Jaho. It features crowded sets and exquisite costumes along with Verdi’s famous songs. Conducted by Renato Palumbo and Anthony Legge. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tickets: $45-$340. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until April 1. La Boheme This production is a celebration of first loves. Set in Cafe Momus, Rodolofo is swooning over Mimi, and Marcello is aching over Musetta. First loves and first heartbreaks unravel on stage in La Boheme, one of the world’s favourite operas. Featuring Greta Bradman (pictured) as Mimi. Capsis is cast as a malevolent puppet-master of unusually overt viciousness. His main gig is provocateur-in-chief at Berlin’s raucous, sleazy Kit Kat Klub but, thinly disguised, he also bobs up all over the place as various minor characters and functionaries. His job is explicit: it is to sniff out Jews as Nazism gains purchase. In this reading of Cabaret the fully realised nightmare of fascism isn’t some years off; it’s already arrived and taken up residence. Just open a cupboard or door and take a look. Whatever you think of that idea, it is served effectively by James Browne’s blurred-lines set in which a small triangular space, ringed with light bulbs and flanked by a few stage-side tables, is equally the bare-bones Kit Kat Klub and rooms in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house. around 1593, Richard III is the portrait of a Machiavellian psychopath. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $50-$92. Bookings: (02) 9250 7111 or online. Until April 1. Away This Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre production by Michael Gow is a beloved modern classic set during the Australian Christmas of 1967. Away is seen through the eyes of Tom, an aspiring actor, and is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the social upheavals of the 1960s. The cast includes Heather Mitchell ( Hay Fever) Glenn Hazeldine ( Disgraced) and Liam Nuna. Directed by Matthew Lutton. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $61-$105. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until March 25.