Charles Mayer as Bottom is an interestingly restrained version of Shakespeare’s enthusiastic egoist. As Ralph Mowldie, Bottom’s celebrity replacement, Mayer is extravagantly histrionic, with a velvet cloak concealing his stash of wine casks.There are Bottom jokes, poo jokes, giggles and japes. The Popular Mechanicals captures the bawdy spirit of the Elizabethan entertainments and skits known as jigs. But in its faithful depiction of the camaraderie between the artisans, the splendid staging of Pyramus and Thisbe, and in highlighting the paradoxical poetry of Bottom’s dream, this durable play reminds us that, from humble origins, these characters can emerge glorious and triumphant. Wharf 2 Theatre, The Wharf, 4 Hickson Road, Sydney. Today, 2.15pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $44$55. Bookings: (02) 9250 1777. Until May 13. Guru of Chai and dare to celebrate our similarities and differences. The Honeys will be serving up an audacious array of poetry, dance, comedy, circus and song in their cliche defying performances. Orb Orb is a double bill of lunar mystery. The latest creation from artistic director Rafael Bonachela is Ocho, featuring eight virtuosic dancers in combination with a hypnotic electronic score. The double bill is completed with Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung, the director of Taiwan’s Cloud Gate 2. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Opens Tonight, 8pm. Tickets: $51$79.05. Bookings: (02) 9250 1777 or online. Until May 13.