The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Mur­ray Bramwell

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.

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