Dance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei Sharon Verghis

(PG) Mar­lena Gru (Julie An­drews), mother to su­pervil­lain turned vil­lain-buster Felo­nius Gru (Steve Carell), ad­mits that he is not an only child af­ter all. He has a twin brother, wickedly named Dru Gru. Dis­cov­er­ing Dru gives Gru some­thing to do. The ac­tion opens with an­other un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to ap­pre­hend the world’s No 1 vil­lain, Balt­hazar Bratt (Trey Parker). Dru re­veals their fa­ther was a su­per bad guy known as the Bald Ter­ror. He thinks he and Gru should go bad. I have been a fan of the se­ries from the out­set and this third out­ing doesn’t let the side down.

Una Ben­ne­long Ban­garra Dance Theatre’s Ben­ne­long tells the tale of the savvy Eora na­tion in­ter­me­di­ary, cul­tural bridge builder and diplo­mat Wool­larawarre Ben­ne­long, a se­nior Wan­gal man who would go on to be­come part of Aus­tralia’s his­tor­i­cal iconog­ra­phy. Artis­tic di­rec­tor Stephen Page poses the ques­tion: How do we know that his­tor­i­cal ac­counts of black Aus­tralia are ac­cu­rate? We know, or think we do, the bones of Ben­ne­long’s story. Beau Dean Ri­ley Smith plays Ben­ne­long, with Daniel Ri­ley as Cap­tain Arthur Phillip, their char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions am­pli­fied by play­wright Alana Valen­tine’s dra­maturgy. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $49-$97. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til July 22. sur­round­ing her­self with plants, al­though when you need some­one to talk to, plants aren’t the most con­ven­tional av­enue. She meets Clare, who is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a slew of bad luck. Clare thinks Sue may be a way out of it and they could help each other. She and Sue strike an un­ortho­dox bar­gain, but is Clare a god­send or a con artist? Kit Brook­man’s quirky play was the win­ner of the 2016 En­sem­ble Theatre New Writ­ing Com­mis­sion. cul­tures. Nisha (Kristy Best) is a young busi­ness prodigy and sec­ond in com­mand at an Aus­tralian rice com­pany. Yvette (Hsiao-Ling Tang) is an older wo­man work­ing late — she clears up Nisha’s take­away. Queens­land Theatre-Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of Michele Lee’s play makes acute ob­ser­va­tions on pol­i­tics, glob­al­i­sa­tion, power and mi­gra­tion. SBW Sta­bles Theatre, 10 Nim­rod Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $35-$43. Book­ings: (02) 9361 3817 or on­line. July 21-22.

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