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The Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany is stag­ing two plays dur­ing De­cem­ber. Play­ing un­til 16 De­cem­ber is Flo­rian Zeller’s “The Fa­ther”. Di­rected by Damien Ryan and star­ing iconic Aus­tralian ac­tor John Bell, this MTC and Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany co-pro­duc­tion is a pow­er­ful and poignant mys­tery that trans­ports au­di­ences into the puz­zling labyrinth of an old man’s once fa­mil­iar world. There’s def­i­nitely some­thing fishy go­ing on. You can’t fool An­dré, and while he may be 80-year­sold and apt, on oc­ca­sion, to for­get things, they are only ever small things such as where he’s put his watch. It doesn’t ex­plain why peo­ple are mess­ing around with things in his flat and why his daugh­ter keeps con­tra­dict­ing her­self. And it doesn’t ex­plain why she al­lows strangers to come in and threaten him. No, some­thing’s go­ing on and he’ll get to the bot­tom of it. On un­til 23 De­cem­ber is “Vivid White”, Ed­die Per­fect’s satir­i­cal mu­si­cal com­edy on the Aus­tralian prop­erty mar­ket. Liz and Ben have been mates with Cyn­thia and Evan for years, and would never let any­thing get in the way of their friend­ship. It’s dif­fer­ent though when both cou­ples set their sights on buy­ing the same house. For­get friend­ship, for­get re­spect, for­get hu­man de­cency—this is the Aus­tralian prop­erty mar­ket. And noth­ing, not even the im­mi­nent col­lapse of civil­i­sa­tion it­self, can stop the zom­bielike sin­gle-mind­ed­ness of buy­ing the per­fect house! Stars of the pro­duc­tion in­clude Gil­lian Cos­griff, Vir­ginia Gay, Brent Hill, Ver­ity Hunt-ballard, Kee­gan Joyce, Ben Min­gay and Christina O’neill.

“In­side Out”, Mel­bourne Mu­seum’s sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion, is all about the sto­ries ob­jects tell and the way they make you feel. “In­side Out” reimag­ines 350 ob­jects cho­sen for their beauty, ec­cen­tric­ity and re­mark­able sto­ries. Items never be­fore dis­played, such as the first Black Box flight recorder pro­to­type and H.L. White’s highly sig­nif­i­cant, beau­ti­ful egg col­lec­tion, join pop­u­lar favourites like in­ter­net meme sen­sa­tion “Sad Ot­ter”. You can hear per­sonal sto­ries from char­ac­ters in­clud­ing lo­cal tat­too artist Clare Hamp­shire, Indige­nous drag queen Doreen Man­ganini and Egyp­tol­o­gist Dr Colin Hope. The ex­pe­ri­ence in­cor­po­rates an in­ter­ac­tive, site-spe­cific so­cial au­dio tour with a disco-synth theme track.

“Vivid White”. “The Fa­ther”, un­til 16 De­cem­ber, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, Fairfax Stu­dio, 100 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne. “Vivid White”, un­til 23 De­cem­ber, South­bank The­atre, The Sum­ner, 140 South­bank Boule­vard, South­bank. 8688 0800.

John Bell stars in “The Fa­ther”.

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