The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - JM Deb­o­rah Jones

Melissa Reeves’s adap­ta­tion of this play brings it em­phat­i­cally into the present — up­dat­ing the pe­riod, the id­iom, the sci­ence and the me­dia cul­ture — but you don’t need to do much to An En­emy of the Peo­ple to make it come across as alarm­ingly top­i­cal now. Reeves has added two new di­men­sions to the play. Her ver­sion of the ide­al­is­tic re­former Dr Stock­man — in Ib­sen, the male head of a tra­di­tional 19th-cen­tury Nor­we­gian house­hold — is here a woman who is not only fight­ing city hall but also a male cul­ture of con­de­scend­ing priv­i­lege. Anne-Louise Sarks stages all this very well, on a set by Mel Page that neatly re­flects the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween the per­sonal and pub­lic spheres that Dr Stock­man has to deal with. Kate Mul­vany is won­der­ful as a Dr Stock­man, who only slowly re­alises that her be­lief in the truth is more im­por­tant to her than her per­sonal suc­cess in this world of small-town hypocrisy and self-in­ter­est. Belvoir, Up­stairs The­atre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$77. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line. Un­til Novem­ber 4. The Feather in the Web Kim­berly is a young woman with­out fil­ters on her speech or her be­hav­iour who meets a young man named Miles and abruptly falls in love with him. Evie May Won­der­fully rich per­for­mances from Amanda Harrison (pic­tured be­low) and Loren Hunter are cen­tral to the plea­sure — not un­al­loyed but real nev­er­the­less — given by Hugo Chiarella and Naomi Liv­ingston’s new mu­si­cal, Evie May. Di­rec­tor Kate Cham­pion draws emo­tion­ally com­plex per­for­mances from the im­pres­sive cast of six, which is rounded out by Jo Turner, Tim Draxl and Keegan Joyce. Hap­pily, Cham­pion also gets back to her highly dis­tin­guished roots as a chore­og­ra­pher. The dances are a knock­out. Hayes The­atre. 19 Green­knowe, Av­enue, Potts Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $55-$65. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Un­til Novem­ber 10.

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