The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Chris Boyd

Wal­ter Zer­lin Jr and David McGil­livray wrote a se­ries of plays about a fic­tional am­a­teur troupe that mas­sa­cred the clas­sics one by one. Mis­chief Theatre com­edy adapts one of these in The Play That Goes Wrong with fic­tional Corn­ley Polytech­nic Drama So­ci­ety per­form­ing a creaky mur­der mys­tery. It fol­lows the Zer­linMcGil­livray for­mula to sev­eral dec­i­mal places: scenery dis­in­te­grates, props are mis­placed or flimsy, light­ing cues are missed, lines are for­got­ten, and ac­tors mug, show­boat and try to up­stage each other, with em­pha­sis on ex­treme slap­stick. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $99$199.90. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1999 or on­line. Un­til May 21. Ben­gal Tiger at the Bagh­dad Zoo Two Amer­i­can marines and an Iraqi trans­la­tor have their lives changed through an en­counter with a sharp-minded tiger that prowls the war-torn streets of Bagh­dad. Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowl­ing Street, Wool­loomooloo. Tues­days to Satur­days: 8.15pm. Sun­days, 6.30pm. Tick­ets: $30$42. Book­ings: (02) 9356 3848. Un­til May 6. Orb Syd­ney Dance Com­pany presents Orb, a dou­ble bill of lu­nar mys­tery. The lat­est creation from Syd­ney Dance Com­pany’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Rafael Bonachela is Ocho, fea­tur­ing eight vir­tu­osic dancers in com­bi­na­tion with a hyp­notic elec­tronic score by com­poser Nick Wales. Ocho ex­plores the in­fi­nite con­nec­tions that ex­ist be­tween us all. The dou­ble bill is com­pleted with Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung, the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Tai­wan’s Cloud Gate 2 — the Syd­ney Dance Com­pany’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion with a Tai­wanese chore­og­ra­pher. This strik­ing new piece har­nesses the power of the moon and the mythol­ogy and poetry of mankind. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Tick­ets: $38.25-$79.05. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1999 or on­line. Opens April 29.

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