The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones

Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, 140 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. In­quiries: (02) 9245 2400 or on­line. Un­til Novem­ber 18. Mud Bird New York-based Aus­tralian artist Theresa Byrnes pre­sents Mud Bird — a pow­er­ful per­for­mance piece — along­side her son Spar­row Byrnes. Mud Bird is both vis­ceral and frag­ile, con­cern­ing it­self with death, life and re­newal. Although Byrnes was di­ag­nosed in her teens with Friedre­ich’s ataxia (a rare de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease af­fect­ing her mo­bil­ity and speech), she does not let this hin­der her art prac­tice. My Fair Lady The Opera Aus­tralia-John Frost re­vival of the orig­i­nal 1956 pro­duc­tion of My Fair Lady is mirac­u­lous. Di­rec­tor Julie An­drews, the orig­i­nal Eliza, de­liv­ers a fresh, vig­or­ous show with­out a drop of sen­ti­men­tal­ity. The pol­i­tics of class, sex and ide­ol­ogy con­tained in Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s Pyg­malion, from which My Fair Lady is adapted, are given a bright tang and the cast­ing is top-notch. Star­ring Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolit­tle and Charles Ed­wards as Pro­fes­sor Hig­gins. Illawarra Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, IMB The­atre, 32 Burelli Street, Wol­lon­gong. Tick­ets: $34-$57. Book­ings: (02) 4224 5999 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 40min, in­clud­ing in­ter­val. Oc­to­ber 4 and 5.

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