The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen

last cen­tury and fol­lows Tim (Ben Hall, Neigh­bours), a play­wright who leaves home for Kings Cross, the epi­cen­tre of Syd­ney’s gay com­mu­nity at the time. Tim finds love there, but the aus­ter­ity of the Men­zies pe­riod set­tles in af­ter a brief pe­riod of post­war eu­pho­ria and free­dom of ex­pres­sion. Heaven Knows vi­brantly paints a pic­ture of the past while si­mul­ta­ne­ously grap­pling with is­sues per­ti­nent to con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety. Di­rected by Shaun Ren­nie. Hayes The­atre, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. Tick­ets: $68. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or online. Pre­views from May 26. Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf? A univer­sity fac­ulty party sees a mid­dle-aged cou­ple, Martha and Ge­orge, pull a younger cou­ple, Nick and Honey, into the break­down of their mar­riage. Iain Sin­clair di­rects this pro­duc­tion of Ed­ward Al­bee’s award-win­ning drama. En­sem­ble The­atre, 78 McDougall Street, Kir­ri­billi. Tick­ets: $34-$71. Book­ings: (02) 9929 0644 or online. Un­til May 31. jour­ney to Aus­tralia that leads to her join­ing the na­tion’s ear­li­est pro­fes­sional bal­let com­pany, sow­ing the seeds of the Aus­tralian Bal­let. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Fi­nal shows today, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $43$218. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777. Artists of the Great War The Na­tional Gallery’s ex­hi­bi­tion has been put to­gether un­der the di­rec­tion of David Hansen, a pro­fes­sor in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity’s depart­ment of art his­tory. The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion of work, although com­pact and fit­ting in one large room, in­cludes many un­fa­mil­iar im­ages and il­lus­trates the full range of the in­volve­ment of artists in times of war, from en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion to doc­u­ment­ing life at the front, and evok­ing mourn­ing and com­mem­o­ra­tion. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Parkes. In­quiries: (02) 6240 6411 or online. Un­til May 31.

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