The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - John McCal­lum

(pic­tured be­low) bril­liantly keeps chang­ing form in Taylor Mac’s writ­ing and Anthea Wil­liams’s di­rec­tion. It starts out like an ab­sur­dist farce, be­comes at times a se­ri­ous fam­ily drama, then feels like a madly gothic re­venge tale. The script and per­for­mance are by turns ou­tra­geously funny and ab­sorbingly real. Wil­liams has a great cast that plays the shifts seam­lessly. Mac, Wil­liams and the cast ex­plore the many is­sues of gen­der iden­tity and so­cially de­ter­mined roles. There are also is­sues of the im­pov­er­ish­ment of the Amer­i­can mid­dle class and of the ef­fects of send­ing young men off to fight wars in for­eign coun­tries. The show is witty, clever and al­ways in­trigu­ing. In Michael Hankin’s splen­did set, glit­ter­ing rib­bons en­cas­ing the space sud­denly fall away to ex­pose one of the most at­trac­tively clut­tered sets you could hope to see. Chances with Glass Chances with Glass hon­ours the legacy of the Can­berra sculp­tor, in­stal­la­tion and glass artist Neil Roberts. It fo­cuses on Roberts’s re­la­tion­ship with glass as an ob­ject, medium and sig­ni­fier. Chances with Glass is cocu­rated by Roberts’s widow Bar­bara Camp­bell and Can­berra Glass­works artis­tic di­rec­tor Jane Cush. Hy­per Real Hy­per Real charts the evo­lu­tion of hy­per­re­al­ism from the early 1970s through to the 21st cen­tury. It fea­tures 30 artists who cre­ate works that am­plify hu­man­ity through sculp­tural, ki­netic, bi­o­log­i­cal, dig­i­tal and vir­tual re­al­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the hu­man body. Hy­per Real presents ma­jor works from early Amer­i­can pi­o­neers Ge­orge Se­gal, John De An­drea and Duane Han­son, Aus­tralian artists Pa­tri­cia Pic­cinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, and var­i­ous other in­ter­na­tional artists. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Pl E, Parkes, Can­berra. In­quiries: (02) 6240 6411 or on­line. Oc­to­ber 20-Fe­bru­ary 18.

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