The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

En­sem­ble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $34-$67. Book­ings: (02) 9929 0644 or on­line. July 8-Au­gust 5. Du­ra­tion: 9min, no in­ter­val. The Rover Al­though Aphra Behn’s The Rover was writ­ten in 1677, its con­tem­po­rary rel­e­vance is main­tained through the re­al­is­tic ex­plo­ration of power bat­tles be­tween men and women. A gang of ex­iled cava­liers en­joy Naples at car­ni­val time, led by rak­ish naval cap­tain Will­more. He falls in love with a young wo­man named Hel­lena, who has set out to ex­pe­ri­ence love be­fore her brother sends her to a con­vent. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Syd­ney. Previews from to­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: (02) 8355 1455. Un­til Au­gust 6. Front Front is a new piece writ­ten and di­rected by Michael Aber­cromby. Fol­low a band from their for­ma­tion, through to be­ing signed, get­ting rich, then get­ting screwed over. The pro­duc­tion picks apart cru­el­ties of the mu­sic busi­ness; no mat­ter how good of char­ac­ter you are, the morally cor­rupt al­ways win. Mak­ing Mod­ernism The mod­ernist mas­ter­pieces of Mar­garet Pre­ston and Grace Coss­ing­ton Smith are fea­tured in this ex­hi­bi­tion. To ac­com­pany the Aus­tralian con­nec­tion, works by Amer­i­can painter Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe will be dis­played. United by their love of na­ture, O’Ke­effe, Pre­ston and Coss­ing­ton Smith de­vel­oped sub­jects from their im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings into dis­tinct in­ter­pre­ta­tions of place. Mak­ing Mod­ernism draws to­gether about 30 works by each artist. Pic­tured is Ram’s Head, Blue Morn­ing Glory (1938) by O’Ke­effe. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Opens to­day. Tick­ets: $8-$18. In­quiries: (02) 9225 1700. Un­til Oc­to­ber 2.

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