Melbourne Theatre Company Plays
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. mtc.com.au
“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. otb.org.au