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.