Theatre

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

The Rover Al­though Aphra Behn’s Rover was writ­ten in 1677, its con­tem­po­rary rel­e­vance is main­tained through its 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). He falls in love with young Hel­lena (Nikki Shiels), who has set out to ex­pe­ri­ence love be­fore her brother sends her to a con­vent. 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. En­sem­ble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Syd­ney. Tonight, 8.15pm. Tick­ets: $34-$67. Book­ings: (02) 9929 0644. Un­til Au­gust 5.

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