The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS

(M) The Trip to Spain presents fic­tion­alised ver­sions of its char­ac­ters. Rob Bry­don is mar­ried to Sally (Re­becca John­son) and lives in Lon­don with her and their two kids. Steve Coogan flits back and forth be­tween LA and Lon­don. He’s got a 20-year-old son, Jonathan (Kyle Soller), with a preg­nant girl­friend and other com­pli­ca­tions that the film will re­veal. Apart from the scenery (glo­ri­ous) and the food (mouth­wa­ter­ing), the core of the film, once again, is the ban­ter be­tween th­ese two old friends. It’s all very amus­ing but also over­fa­mil­iar. The im­i­ta­tions were fresher in the pre­vi­ous films, the tall sto­ries and jokes were fun­nier. It’s good to be sit­ting in on the crazy con­ver­sa­tions of th­ese two in­sa­tiable show-offs, but it’s get­ting just a lit­tle bit stale.

Miss Saigon Pack­emin Pro­duc­tions and River­side The­atre present Miss Saigon, a mu­si­cal by the cre­ators of Les Mis­er­ables. Set amid the tur­moil of the Viet­nam War, an Amer­i­can sol­dier (Hay­dan Hawkins) and a Viet­namese girl (Vivien was young; be­tween her and her fos­ter mother in Eng­land; and then it moves for­ward to the present (1993), when Eva has a daugh­ter of her own, Faith. With­out the con­text of the con­tem­po­rary world, the res­o­nances in this pro­duc­tion are fainter than they might be. The play sets up a se­ries of jux­ta­po­si­tions be­tween the

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