The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

The Te­le­scope The Te­le­scope is an ab­sur­dist piece in­spired by the forcible re­moval of thou­sands of res­i­dents in China’s Guizhou province to con­struct the world’s largest ra­dio te­le­scope. It is the last night be­fore the con­struc­tion of one such te­le­scope deep within Syd­ney’s sub­ur­bia and the Lip­man fam­ily’s home of 35 years faces de­mo­li­tion. Lenny as­sumes her par­ents will use the gov­ern­ment’s com­pen­sa­tion for the pur­chase of a new house, but they have dif­fer­ent ideas. Old Fit­zoy The­atre, 129 Dowl­ing Street, Syd­ney. Tonight, 6.15pm. Tick­ets: $25. Book­ings: 0416 044 413 or on­line. Un­til Au­gust 12. Hir New York play­wright and per­for­mance artist Tay­lor Mac brings her satir­i­cal com­edy Hir to the Belvoir The­atre for its Aus­tralian pre­miere. Af­ter serv­ing in a for­eign war, Isaac re­turns home to look af­ter his sick fa­ther, Arnold, yet what he comes home to is some­what of a do­mes­tic bat­tle­field — he finds out his mother isn’t un­der the con­trol of her dom­i­neer­ing hus­band, his younger sis­ter Paige is now trans­gen­der and their fa­ther’s in­ca­pac­ity to ac­cept Paige’s com­ing out has prompted her to com­mit a host of de­fi­ant, venge­ful acts against Arnold. Belvoir The­atre, 25 Belvoir Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: 1800 423 344 or on­line. Au­gust 12-Septem­ber 10. River­side The­atre, cor­ner Mar­ket and Church streets, Par­ra­matta. Tick­ets: $39-$49. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 2hr 45min, in­clud­ing in­ter­val. Un­til Au­gust 12. Vel­vet

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