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

Black Com­edy) Black is the New White two fam­i­lies are to meet for din­ner on Christ­mas and things are set to go in the bump­i­est of fash­ions. Di­rected by Paige Rat­tray, the cast also in­cludes Kylie Brack­nell (ABC’s Red­fern Now), Ge­off Mor­rell and Tony Briggs. Wharf Theatre, The Wharf, 4 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay, Syd­ney. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $60-$99. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Un­til June 17. Mr Burns: A Post-Elec­tric Play Set in the very near fu­ture, Mr Burns de­picts the US in struc­tural and so­cial ruin. Peo­ple sit around makeshift camp­fires talk­ing and try­ing to re­mem­ber stuff from be­fore the end times, like old tele­vi­sion episodes of The Simp­sons. Grad­u­ally they re­call scraps of di­a­logue, plot se­quences, sig­na­ture catchcries and the en­twined es­o­ter­ica of in­ter­tex­tual cul­tural ref­er­ences. It is funny when a group re­con­struct the Cape Feare episode. They end up form­ing a com­pany of play­ers, com­pet­ing with ri­val troupes, per­form­ing of­ten in­ac­cu­rately re­con­structed ver­sions of Simp­sons fo­lios that might have been. Orb In Cheng Tsung-lung’s nu­mi­nous Full Moon (pic­tured) there is a pro­found sense of eter­nal motion, and not only be­cause Cheng’s piece has thrilling erup­tions of speed and swirls. There is vivid life even in mo­ments of what ap­pears to be still­ness. In Rafael Bonachela’s Ocho, which fol­lows Full Moon and is a won­der­ful com­pan­ion to it, still­ness is not a form of in­ner ra­di­ance. It is men­ac­ing and painful, a pre­lude to at­tack or per­haps an ex­pres­sion of need­i­ness. Ocho is, if you will, the dark side of the moon. It’s a splen­did feast for eyes and ears with Fan Huai-chih’s flow­ing cos­tumes, Lim Giong’s gleam­ing com­mis­sioned score and Cooper’s mag­i­cal light­ing.

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