Theatre

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

Vel­vet Mar­cia Hines fronts a daz­zling ensemble of acro­bats and divas in this sexy, spec­tac­u­lar and sparkling show that chan­nels all the glam­our and de­bauch­ery of the orig­i­nal Stu­dio 54 night­club. Burst­ing with disco, cabaret, dance, glam­our and cir­cus, and fea­tur­ing an ex­hil­a­rat­ing disco sound­track, it’s fun, dan­ger­ous, and elec­tri­fy­ing. Canberra Theatre Cen­tre, Lon­don Cir­cuit. Tick­ets: $43.95-$73.95. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or on­line. Opens May 3, ends May 14. Du­ra­tion: 80min, no in­ter­val. The Play That Goes Wrong 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 the 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. Canberra Theatre Cen­tre, Civic Square, Lon­don Cir­cuit. Opens Tues­day, 5.30pm. Tick­ets: $89.90-$119.90. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700. Un­til April 30.

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