The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - CA

Strind­berg’s script about a war­ring mar­ried cou­ple is often comic, but its view of hu­man re­la­tion­ships is bleak. Judy Davis’s provoca­tive pro­duc­tion brings out a fur­ther di­men­sion, em­pha­sis­ing the meta­phys­i­cal el­e­ments of the play. Colin Friels is su­perb as a nearly psy­cho­pathic Edgar who is fright­en­ingly calm and con­trolled un­til he isn’t. Pamela Rabe as Al­ice (be­low) Rome: City and Em­pire The ti­tle of this ex­hi­bi­tion is ap­po­site for the story of Rome is in­deed one of a city that grew into an em­pire. This of­fers many fas­ci­nat­ing glimpses of the com­plex world of Ro­man cul­ture, from por­traits to coins, tools, items from ev­ery­day life and, at the end, sar­coph­a­guses and tomb­stones. Por­traits are per­haps the most strik­ing of these, and we are met at the en­trance by the full-length fig­ure of a pa­tri­cian in a toga. Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia, Law­son Cres­cent, Ac­ton Penin­sula, Can­berra. Daily, 9am5pm. Tick­ets: $12-$24. In­quiries: (02) 6208 5000 or on­line. Un­til Feb­ru­ary 3.

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