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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Martin Buza­cott

Michele Lee’s whip-smart, finely tuned and ul­ti­mately very mov­ing play Rice sim­ply has none of the usual flaws of new work. It’s not over­long, isn’t groan­ing with self-im­por­tance and is clearly a script that has paid its dra­matur­gi­cal dues. There’s not a word out of place and it never loses mo­men­tum. In a rip­ping odd-cou­ple yarn that’s sim­ple in means and yet epic in res­o­nance, am­bi­tious cor­po­rate brat Nisha (Kristy Best) raises hell with the of­fice’s Chi­nese cleaner Yvette (Hsiao-Ling Tang) in a daily rit­ual cen­tred on the re­moval or oth­er­wise of the after-hours take­away scraps. Su­perbly acted by Best and Tang with joy, rel­ish and stage chem­istry, the di­rec­tion from Grif­fin Theatre’s Lee Lewis is pin­point. Lee’s of­ten very funny script is filled with crisp one-lin­ers, ter­rific di­a­logue and a Brechtian aware­ness that this is theatri­cal sto­ry­telling. Grif­fin Theatre, 13 Craigend Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $35-$55. Book­ings: (02) 9332 1052 or on­line. July 22-Au­gust 26. The Plant Sue at­tempts to fill the void left by her dead hus­band by sur­round­ing her­self with plants, although when you need some­one to talk to, plants 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 (Toby Sch­mitz, above, with Nikki Shiels). He falls in love with young Hel­lena (Shiels), who has set out to ex­pe­ri­ence love be­fore her brother sends her to a con­vent. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Syd­ney. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: (02) 8355 1455. Un­til Au­gust 6. Du­ra­tion: 3hr 30min. Ge­orge Michael: Pray­ing for Time The Syd­ney Sym­phony Orch­estera will per­form a 30song pro­duc­tion taken from singer-song­writer Ge­orge Michael’s re­mark­able back cat­a­logue. Diesel, David Camp­bell, Sam Sparro, Bren­dan Maclean, Jade MacRae, Gary Pinto, Car­men Smith and

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