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

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, Walsh Bay, Syd­ney. To­day, 2.15pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $44-$55. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Un­til May 13. Strauss, Of­fen­bach, Le­har and Kal­man come to­gether in this rau­cous com­edy. Two Wed­dings, One Bride is a new operetta cre­ated by Robert Greene, based on a story by Charles Le­cocq. Star­ring Julie Lea Good­win, David Lewis and Nicholas Jones. Play­house, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $99-$129. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Ahn Do Aus­tralian co­me­dian and artist Ahn Do brings his best­selling book, The Hap­pi­est Refugee, to the stage in an adap­ta­tion that delves deep into the joys and sor­rows of his life. The re­sult is an up­lift­ing night at the theatre, com­bin­ing stand-up com­edy with real-life sto­ries, pho­to­graphs and filmed pieces to retell his story. Can­berra Theatre Cen­tre, Civic Square, Lon­don Cir­cuit, Can­berra. May 13, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $49.90-$54.90. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or on­line. One per­for­mance only. Ju­lia Mor­ris: Lift and Sep­a­rate Co­me­dian Ju­lia Mor­ris re­turns from her one-year hia­tus with her one-wo­man show, de­liv­er­ing a high-oc­tane standup per­for­mance draw­ing from the ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing a wo­man in her 30s. Can­berra Theatre Cen­tre, Lon­don Cir­cuit, Can­berra. Can­berra. May 11, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $59.90. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or on­line.

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