Pick of the week theatre

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

Lady Mac­beth of Mt­sensk Dis­trict, writ­ten by Niko­lai Leskov. Ol­droyd’s film is a su­perb char­ac­ter study of a wo­man who chafes un­der a sys­tem in which she is the vir­tual pris­oner of her hus­band and fa­ther-in-law; noth­ing more than a com­mod­ity, bought and paid for. As a de­pic­tion of the abuse of women in the less en­light­ened 19th cen­tury, the film re­minds us of a time when a wo­man was lit­er­ally the prop­erty of her hus­band, when she had no rights or priv­i­leges. For Kather­ine (Florence Pugh), trapped in a sex­less mar­riage with a man she hardly knows, this is in­tol­er­a­ble.

De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 Neville’s Is­land Chaser guys Chris Tay­lor, Craig Reu­cas­sel and An­drew Hansen star along­side David Lynch in Neville’s Is­land, the hit com­edy by play­wright Tim Firth. Fol­low four city-based busi­ness­men on a team-build­ing week­end that takes a turn for the worse when they be­come stranded in Tas­ma­nia’s wilder­ness. The men dis­cover hid­den vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and un­ex­pected strengths while bat­tling the el­e­ments and one an­other. En­sem­ble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Syd­ney. To­day, 4.30pm and 8.15pm. Tick­ets: $34-$71. Book­ings: (02) 9929 0644 or on­line. Un­til Au­gust 12.

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