The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Martin Buza­cott Jane Albert Mur­ray Black

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. 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. SBW Sta­bles The­atre, 10 Nim­rod Street, Syd­ney. Tonight, 7pm. Tick­ets: $35-$55. Book­ings: (02) 9361 3817 or on­line. Un­til August 26. Aus­tralian Graf­fiti The de­but full-length play by Dis­apol Savet­sila — Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany’s youngest com­mis­sioned play­wright for a main-stage sea­son — is the hu­mor­ous and touch­ing Aus­tralian Graf­fiti. De­scrib­ing it as “magical re­al­ism”, Savet­sila says the play de­picts a fam­ily of Thai res­tau­ra­teurs who mi­grate to a mys­te­ri­ous in­land town. The topic of Aus­tralian Graf­fiti is timely, ex­plor­ing the mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence and chal­lenges of as­sim­i­la­tion. Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany, Wharf II The­atre, 4 Hick­son Road. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $32$35. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Un­til August 12. 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. Tonight, 8.15pm. Tick­ets: $34-$71. Book­ings: (02) 9929 0644. Un­til August 12. Dream Ma­chines Dream Ma­chines brings to­gether six con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian artists who com­bine sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, maths and arts to each present their own Da Vinci-es­que cre­ations. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures five “dream ma­chines” and eight in­ter­ac­tive ro­bots. The artists in­volved in Dream Ma­chines are James Dodd, Cameron Rob­bins, Tricky Walsh, Wade Marynowsky and col­lab­o­ra­tive artists David Lawrey and Jaki Mid­dle­ton. Cu­rated by Hazel­hurst Gallery cu­ra­tor Car­rie Kib­bler. Hazel­hurst Re­gional Gallery & Arts Cen­tre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea, Syd­ney. Opens to­day. Ad­mis­sion free. Daily, 10am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 8536 5745 or on­line. Un­til Septem­ber 10. The Phan­tom Show To cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of New­cas­tle Art Gallery’s pop art in­spired Ghost who walks never can die typed script with draw­ings and notes in the mar­gins from original artist Lee Faulk. The Phan­tom Show is cu­rated by Peter Kingston and Di­et­mar Led­er­wasch. Pic­tured above is Euan Ma­cleod’s Fa­ther of the first Phan­tom (2014). Con­tem­po­ris­ing the Mod­ern The 50 pho­to­graphic works in­cluded in Con­tem­po­ris­ing the Mod­ern en­com­pass 20th and early 21st cen­tury Aus­tralia. The works were orig­i­nally do­nated in 2015 to the Mur­ray Art Mu­seum Al­bury by arts afi­cionado Rus­sell Mills, and come to Muswell­brook Re­gional Arts Cen­tre for the du­ra­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion. The col­lec­tion ex­plores the de­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­phy in an era when pho­tog­ra­phers pushed its boundaries, lead­ing to the ac­cep­tance of pho­tog­ra­phy as a pure art form. Con­tem­po­ris­ing the Mod­ern brings to­gether iconic artists and art­works of the pe­riod in­clud­ing Max Du­pain, Olive Cot­ton, Jeff Carter, Roger Scott and Trent Parke. ex­tro­verted Third Sym­phony. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 8pm; Mon­day 7pm. Tick­ets: $69-$129. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Vi­o­lin Rus­sian mu­si­cian Dmitry Sinkovsky is an ex­tra­or­di­nary artist. He is equally pro­fi­cient as a vi­olin­ist and a coun­tertenor. Imag­ine Fabio Biondi and Andreas Scholl em­bod­ied in the same per­former, and you’ll have an in­kling of what his con­cert with the Aus­tralian Bran­den­burg Orches­tra is like. As a coun­tertenor, Sinkovsky’s ap­proach is sim­i­lar to his vi­o­lin­play­ing in­car­na­tion. Cre­at­ing a con­vinc­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion is just as im­por­tant as achiev­ing a beau­ti­ful sound. Sinkovsky is back, this time per­form­ing Vi­valdi and Lo­catelli with the Bran­den­burg. City Recital Hall, 2 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. Wed­nes­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $30-$140. Book­ings: 1300 782 856. Un­til August 4.

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