Pick of the week theatre
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.