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.