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

A Very Kran­sky Christ­mas Com­edy group the Kran­sky Sis­ters present their mu­si­cal show A Very Kran­sky Christ­mas. Syd­ney Opera House, the Stu­dio, Ben­ne­long Point. Satur­day, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $54.90$59.90. In­quiries: (02) 9250 7111 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 40min, no in­ter­val. The Dance of Death Au­gust Strind­berg’s script about a war­ring mar­ried cou­ple is of­ten comic, but its view of hu­man re­la­tion­ships is bleak. Di­rec­tor 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 gives a per­for­mance that is more com­i­cally ab­ject than one may want in a 21st-cen­tury pro­duc­tion of a play writ­ten in 1900, but she is very funny. Toby Sch­mitz as Kurt, the poor bas­tard who is sucked into this sit­u­a­tion, has an ini­tial strength that starts to crum­ble in the hands of this ter­ri­ble cou­ple. Belvoir St The­atre, Up­stairs The­atre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $42-$77. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line. Un­til De­cem­ber 23. Du­ra­tion: 2hr 20min, in­clud­ing in­ter­val.

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