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Time Out (Melbourne) - - THEATRE & DANCE -


Calamity Jane Star Vir­ginia Gay shakes up this 1950s MGM mu­si­cal clas­sic, elim­i­nat­ing most traces of Doris Day. She plays the ul­ti­mate Wild West hero­ine in a stripped-back, award-win­ning pro­duc­tion, which ex­ploits the com­edy while pos­ing ques­tions about gen­der norms. With songs from the film in­clud­ing ‘Windy City’ and ‘Se­cret Love’,

Calamity Jane comes to Mel­bourne af­ter a sold-out sea­son at Syd­ney’s Hayes The­atre. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $30-$89. Mar 14–25.


The Aus­tralian Bal­let will pay trib­ute to the great Graeme Mur­phy on the 50th an­niver­sary of his join­ing the com­pany’s corps de bal­let. At the cen­tre of this show­case of his work is a re­vival of his ‘Fire­bird’, along­side other key chore­o­graphic mo­ments from his ca­reer as one of the lead­ing lights of Aus­tralian dance. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­bourne. $35-$235. Mar 16-26.

Abi­gail’s Party

Mike Leigh’s satire skew­ers Bri­tain’s mid­dle-class anx­i­eties with ra­zor pre­ci­sion and has been mas­sively pop­u­lar ever since it pre­miered in 1977. The Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion of this com­edy of very bad man­ners will be di­rected by Stephen Ni­co­lazzo, one of the most provoca­tive di­rec­tors on Mel­bourne’s in­de­pen­dent scene, mak­ing his MTC main­stage de­but. à South­bank The­atre, 140 South­bank Blvd, South­bank 3006. 03 8688 0800. www.mtc. $39-$124. Mar 17-Apr 21.


Mel­bourne writer Jane E Thomp­son’s new play takes on the hy­per-mas­cu­line world of AFL, por­tray­ing the first fe­male foot­baller to break into the big league and play along­side men. Alice Dar­ling di­rects the pre­miere pro­duc­tion. à The­atre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda 3182. 03 9534 3388. the­atre­ $15-$45. Mar 28 -Apr 8.


La Travi­ata Amer­i­can so­prano Corinne Win­ters will make her Aus­tralian de­but singing Vi­o­letta’s crys­talline col­oratura lines in this Opera Aus­tralia favourite. The lav­ish Eli­jah Moshin­sky pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s tragic mas­ter­work re­turns to Mel­bourne with Korean tenor Yosep Kang as Al­fredo and Aus­tralian bari­tone José Carbó as Gior­gio. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $34-$279. Apr 17-May 11. Right Now Québé­cois play­wright Cather­ineAnne Toupin’s play scored a fives­tar re­view from Time Out Lon­don in 2016. It’s a darkly funny drama that feels en­tirely out of this world, fol­low­ing a cou­ple who form an un­likely bond with their new next door neigh­bours. Ex­pect the Mel­bourne pro­duc­tion, di­rected by ris­ing star Katy Maudlin, to have Red Stitch’s cus­tom­ary sky­high act­ing stan­dards. à Red Stitch Ac­tors The­atre, 2 Chapel St, St Kilda 3183. 03 9533 8083. red­ $15-$55. Apr 17-May 20. El­e­ments Col­lec­tive Catch some home­grown hip hop with this show di­rected by dancer Leah Til­ney and with mu­sic from ARIA Award-win­ning mem­ber of Re­gur­gi­ta­tor, Ben Ely. The 60-minute show com­bines uniquely de­tailed chore­og­ra­phy with ac­ro­bat­ics and won Best Dance at last year’s Ade­laide Fringe. à Gas­works Arts Park, 21 Gra­ham St, Al­bert Park 3206. 03 8606 4200. www.gas­ $40-$45. Apr 18-21.


Bliss Peter Carey’s Miles Franklin award-win­ning novel about a fallen ad man has been adapted into a suc­cess­ful film and opera and will now be­come a play, penned by Tom Wright. Malt­house The­atre’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Matthew Lut­ton, will re­unite with Wright for this sur­real mas­ter­piece af­ter the pair adapted Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock for the stage in 2016. à Malt­house The­atre, 113 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9685 5111. malt­housethe­ $35-$72. May 4-Jun 2. Salt Bri­tish artist Selina Thomp­son’s solo show was a hit at last year’s Ed­in­burgh Fringe, trac­ing the transat­lantic slave trade route from the UK to Ghana to Ja­maica. Along this jour­ney she not only dis­cov­ers big truths about coloni­sa­tion and the jour­neys of mil­lions of black men and women, she learns about her own place in the world. à North Mel­bourne Town Hall, 521 Queens­berry St, North Mel­bourne 3051. 03 9322 3720. $25-$35. May 9 -12. The House of Bernarda Alba Pa­tri­cia Cor­nelius has won just about ev­ery play­writ­ing award in the coun­try and is now adapt­ing Fed­erico Gar­cía Lorca’s clas­sic tragedy for Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany. She’s mov­ing the ac­tion from a Span­ish vil­lage to ru­ral West­ern Aus­tralia, where a fam­ily gath­ers to mourn their min­ing mogul fa­ther. Award­win­ning di­rec­tor Leti­cia Cáceres will wran­gle a starry cast fea­tur­ing Julie Forsyth. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.arts­cen­tremel­ $TBA. May 25-Jul 7. The Nightin­gale and the Rose

Lit­tle Ones The­atre has made some of the most ex­cit­ing in­die the­atre in re­cent years on the The­atre Works stage ( The Happy Prince, Drac­ula, Psy­cho

Beach Party). The queer the­atre com­pany is back with a fresh take on Os­car Wilde’s fairy­tale with Justin Wang, Brigid Gallacher and Jen­nifer Vuletic, who made a huge im­pres­sion in Lit­tle Ones’ Mer­ci­less Gods. à The­atre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda 3182. 03 9534 3388. the­atre­ $33-$45. May 30-Jun 10.

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