May
27
2018

GOOD COOK. FRIENDLY. CLEAN.

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SBW Stables, May 11, until June 16 2/10 Oh, dear. Somehow this play sneaked all the way to the stage without someone whispering, “It’s not ready.” While not entirely without merit, that merit adorns a small proportion of what is only a 70-minute work, anyway. Otherwise it is beleaguered with problems of characterisation, narrative, dramatic […]

May
26
2018

SHIRLEY VALENTINE

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Ensemble Theatre, May 10, until June 9 8/10 “I know the film and play, so why bother?” you ask. Because Sharon Millerchip is not playing Shirley Valentine, she’s living her. Because performances of such comprehensive truth are rare in Sydney. Because here’s a chance to see every flex of a neck muscle, twitch of an […]

May
24
2018

THE SUGAR HOUSE

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Belvoir St Theatre, May 9, until June 3 7/10 For most of The Sugar House Margo has a mountain ash-sized chip on her shoulder, inducing relentlessly bitchy, aggressive and unforgiving behaviour. Then, in Act Two, after a cancer diagnosis, she suddenly blurts out the line that encapsulates Alana Valentine’s Pyrmont-set play. “Why,” she asks, “are […]

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