The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Na­tional The­atre of Par­ra­matta pre­sents a new mu­si­cal the­atre work based on Shaun Tan’s award-win­ning book, The Red Tree. A young girl liv­ing within the con­fines of her bed­room con­quers her fears and anx­i­eties in a whim­si­cal tale of origami boats, mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes led by gi­ant fish and colour­ful pa­rades. The Red Tree is adapted by award-win­ning writer Hi­lary Bell with mu­sic by ARIA award-win­ning song­writer and com­poser Greta Gertler. Di­rected by Neil Good­ing. River­side The­atre, Len­nox The­atre, cor­ner Mar­ket and Church streets, Par­ra­matta. Tick­ets: $22-$39. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 75min, no in­ter­val. Oc­to­ber 19-28. Buyer and Cel­lar Jonathan Tolins’s award­win­ning com­edy Buyer and Cel­lar is a pro­duc­tion of hero wor­ship and celebri­ties. For Alex (Ben Ger­rard), a new job work­ing in a shop­ping mall in the base­ment of Bar­bra Streisand’s man­sion should be a dream come true. But work­ing for the revered Hol­ly­wood star begins to take a toll on Alex’s per­sonal re­la­tion­ships as he at­tempts to bal­ance his own life with the mes­meris­ing glam­our of his ec­cen­tric em­ployer. En­sem­ble The­atre, 78 McDougall Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $42-$67. Book­ings: (02) 9929 0644 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 30min, no in­ter­val. Oc­to­ber 6-Novem­ber 12. Euro­pean Old Masters: 16th-19th Cen­tury For Euro­pean Old Masters, Hazel­hurst Re­gional Gallery will hang 25 works by lead­ing Italian, French and Bri­tish artists of the High Re­nais­sance, baroque, ro­coco and ro­man­tic pe­ri­ods. The works have been home to the Art Gallery of NSW for the past 30 years. Euro­pean Old Masters of­fer in­sights into ages and cul­tures far from our own. Hazel­hurst Re­gional Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea, Syd­ney. Opens Thurs­day. In­quiries: (02) 8536 5700 or on­line. Un­til De­cem­ber 3. While You are Sleep­ing Jun Chen ex­plores facets of the psy­che in­volved in per­cep­tion, in­tu­ition and dream­ing for his most re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion. Chen’s pho­tog­ra­phy per­tains to fa­mil­iar places, which may then be­come part of for­eign ideas while we dream. Pic­tured, Phone Booth (2016). Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Syd­ney. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 9283 4273 or on­line. Un­til Mon­day. Clay Wood Salt: From Hovea to Syd­ney Re­spected Aus­tralian pot­ter Greg Crowe dis­plays a range of func­tional gas-fired stoneware ex­plor­ing form and tex­ture through soft, quiet glazes. Mans­field Ceram­ics, 99 Crown Street, Dar­linghurst, Syd­ney. Wed-Fri, 11am-4pm; Sat, noon4pm. In­quiries: 02 9332 4379 or on­line. Un­til Oc­to­ber 6.

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