Melbourne The­atre Com­pany Plays

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The Melbourne The­atre Com­pany is stag­ing sev­eral plays dur­ing Fe­bru­ary. Garson Kanin’s “Born Yes­ter­day” is a screw­ball ro­mance that looks at the dark side of pol­i­tics and the power of knowl­edge.

Open­ing on 10 Fe­bru­ary is “John”, a new work from Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play­wright An­nie Baker. De­scribed as a ghost tale, love story and dark com­edy, the play tells of Jenny and Elias who ar­rive late one evening at a kitschy, civil war-themed B&B in Get­tys­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia. Awk­ward and har­ried, they are a cou­ple on the edge. It’s a feel­ing ex­ac­er­bated by the sensation they’re be­ing watched. Not just by Mer­tis and her ec­cen­tric friend Genevieve, but by the count­less dolls and fig­urines that oc­cupy their spooky lodg­ings. This might not be the right place, or the right com­pany, for Jenny and Elias to mend their fray­ing re­la­tion­ship.

“Born Yes­ter­day”, un­til 25 Fe­bru­ary, South­bank The­atre, The Sum­ner, 140 South­bank Boule­vard, South­bank. “John”, from 10 Fe­bru­ary, Fairfax Stu­dio, Arts Cen­tre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 8688 0800.

“Wild Colo­nial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria” on at Old Trea­sury Build­ing re­veals Victoria’s long bushrang­ing his­tory. From the 1840s, gangs of bushrangers roamed in search of vul­ner­a­ble trav­ellers and stock, ter­ror­is­ing re­mote set­tle­ments and cre­at­ing public panic. The ad­vent of gold drew more such men to the Colony. Vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion can learn about the first bushrangers con­victed in 1842 who were tried and ex­e­cuted pub­licly as an ex­am­ple to oth­ers. Then there’s the au­da­cious gang who held up trav­ellers on St Kilda Road in the 1850s. You’ll also learn about John (Jack) Doolan, who in­spired part of the well-known bushrang­ing song “The Wild Colo­nial Boy”, and the Kelly Gang in­clud­ing Victoria’s most fa­mous—ned Kelly.

On­go­ing, Sun–fri 10am–4pm, Old Trea­sury Build­ing, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne. 9651 2233.

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