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.