The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Black­cap Pro­duc­tions, gin writer Elly Bax­ter, direc­tor Anthea Wil­liams and mu­si­cal direc­tor Jeremy Bren­nan have come to­gether to cre­ate Mother’s Ruin, a cabaret fea­tur­ing mu­sic by Amy Wine­house, Nina Si­mone, Martha Wainwright, Billy Joel and more. Mother’s Ruin winds its way through 18th-cen­tury Lon­don to New York speakeasies, the Aus­tralian bush and jun­gles of Peru through the eyes of sailors, bar­maids, boot­leg­gers and dis­tillers. Star­ring Maeve Mars­den and Libby Wood. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 9pm and to­mor­row, 6.30pm. Tick­ets: $60. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. The sands of time do not seem to be in San­dra’s favour. Her house­mates have in­formed her she needs to find a new place within two weeks. But San­dra is 50, and as she is re­jected from more and more house­mate in­ter­views, her life be­gins to rapidly fall apart. Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. is a por­trait of a woman strug­gling to stay afloat amid Syd­ney’s hous­ing cri­sis. Mar­ion Potts di­rects a cast that fea­tures Fayssal Bazzi, Tara Morice and Kelly Pa­ter­niti. Grif­fin The­atre Com­pany, 13 Craigend Street, Dar­linghurst. To­day, 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $25-$60. Book­ings: (02) 9332 1052 or on­line. Un­til June 16. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. May 29 and 30, 8pm. Tick­ets: $51. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Mazzy Star Psy­che­delic-folk group Mazzy Star makes its Aus­tralian de­but, per­form­ing as part of the Vivid Live pro­gram. The re­lease of the band’s four-song EP Still will co­in­cide with its per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House. Syd­ney Opera House, Con­cert Hall, Ben­ne­long Point. June 11-13, 9pm. Tick­ets: $79. Book­ings: (02) 9931 1111 or on­line.

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