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It seems Ron’s father was a bit of a pervert, his house adorned with sexualised pieces of art, objects and sex toys.
Ben is like your typically Aussie guy, blonde, a little scruffy, with all of the mannerism of an Australian male. We learn that despite a soft porn addiction and masturbation habit Ben’s is unable to f*^k girlfriend Ron who is seeking a more intense spiritual and emotional connection from him.
This is a play about modern day sexuality, and reflects upon some interesting themes. Despite western cultures obsession with sexuality, including overtly sexualised media and widespread availability of porn, but this has not necessarily translated into a culture of openness around sexuality.
Written by up and coming playwright Charlie Falkner who also plays the lead Ben, this is a brave role to play especially considering he admitted in previous interviews that there was a part of him in his character. He’s playing a character who has sexual inadequacies, in a culture that privileges masculinity. Andrew Hearle’s character Gustav is much more the alpha male in comparison, but his characters sexuality is also questioned towards the end.
An enjoyable production, audiences will be able to relate to these often not talked about themes of modern day sexuality and the dysfunction that goes along with it.
Until Apr 29, 8pm Wed- Sat, 5pm Sun. The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville. $22-$32.Tickets & Info: http://thedepottheatre.com/
Review by Vanessa Powell.]]>
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The superhero team which includes Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) returns and once again stops an enemy who threatens to annihilate the entire galaxy.
Sylvester Stallone amusingly mumbles his way through a supporting role and Kurt Russel appears as a pivotal character which delves deep into the storyline of Quill’s parentage. David Hasselhoff also makes a ludicrous but effective cameo which would never be considered in other Marvel film franchises.
Amongst the high powered space battle sequences and the mesmerizing cartoonish CGI overload, the story of the transformation of these superheroes from bickering friends to close family resonates. The shock villain is disclosed in the action-packed yet sentimental finale.
Audiences will be treated to the same brand of irrelevant humour and wonderful collection of 80’s music which have become signature elements in this very unique and delightful science fiction franchise.
Reviewed by Mark Morellini.]]>
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This one woman show, starring Gertraud Ingeborg, is an autobiographical monologue, delivered effortlessly, very naturally and unforced, telling the story of ballet legend, lover and woman, Marie Taglioni, born in Sweden in 1804.
Dressed in vintage black 1800’s long bustle dress and pearls, Ingeborg is dignified as she interweaves a personal story of love and heartbreak, with that of her dancing career, the stage performances in front of royalty and tours across the cities of Europe.
Set in the twilight of her life, this production looks back on the life Taglioni lived and the choices she made along the way. Born into a family of opera singers, choreographers and ballet dancers, Taglioni credits her success to a domineering father who home schooled her and instilled a severe regime of ballet practice, hours upon hours of repetition that produced her ground breaking style.
The Sylph sometimes slips into magic realism, a world of forest fairies and fantasy, a metaphor to her ethereal quality of dancing and reference perhaps to the play’s title, Sylph, an imaginary spirit of the air.
Written by Australian ballet dancer Jodi Rose, The Sylph is a real story about a compelling woman, complete with foibles, insecurities and a trifle egocentric. It doesn’t particularly feel like a period piece, it’s timeless, it could be from any era. There is commonality in the tales this famous performer spins, the visits backstage by suitors and fans, the whirlwind of romance, juggling motherhood while trying to perfect her art and a fairy tale life lived with princes and palaces.
Until Apr 29, 8pm. Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown. $30-$45. Tickets & Info: www.old505theatre.com
Reviewed by Mel Somerville.
Each character at this table has a story: the demoted bridesmaid/ex-girlfriend of bride’s brother (Anna Kendrick); the forgotten nanny (June Squibb); the ex-communicated relative (Stephen Merchant); the awkward, pubescent son of family acquaintances (Tony Revolori); the bickering couple (Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson), there only by virtue of a Facebook connection.
The humour, admittedly, is predictable, though it often works, but it’s the exposition of each character’s stories that gives the film some depth and validity. The writing is quite good and the plot is tidy and thoughtful. The 1980s wedding band playlist provides some ‘name that tune’ amusement.
Reviewed by Rita Bratovich.]]>
“All of us make mistakes in our own lives, and that’s the reason why we’ve chosen confessions from the Sydney public,” explained The Leftovers’ Artistic Director, Mr Curly Fries. “They’re not all necessarily these confessions that break the law – some of them might be misdemeanours between social friends, some of them might be of a sexual nature, some of them might be things that are done behind closed doors by yourself. We’re looking at things that aren’t just black and white in the law.”
The performance takes place in a mock “courtroom” in the downstairs bar at the Two Wolves Community Cantina on Broadway, the audience becoming the “jury” and deciding the fate of the “prisoner” after hearing the arguments of the “defence lawyer” and “prosecutor”.
To uphold intimacy, a strict cut off ten audience members only per show is allowed to each performance, of which there will be four a night (with a new prisoner/case trialled each time). The Leftovers’ are tight-lipped on how the verdict, as decided by the “jury”, will play out – but without giving too much away, you are advised to layer up your wardrobe and/or don your wet weather gear.
With the season starting in the lead-up to the two-year anniversary of the notorious execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, this work is inspired by the case and the loaded conversations that still surround it without imposing a “moral slant”.
This is a highly engaging production from a crop of noteworthy young names in stage and screen, and is the group’s first full season (rather than a one-off performance) since gaining the support of Bell Shakespeare and Bakehouse Theatre. (AM)
April 28-29; Various performance times. Two Wolves Community Cantina, 202 Broadway, Sydney. FREE (bookings essential). Tickets & info: www.theleftoverscollective.com]]>
Flashback to the 50s and early 60s and much of America was possessed by the threat of a Russian nuclear rampage as the Cold War fuelled an increasing paranoia. A large number of Americans actually built home fallout shelters and school programs encouraged kiddies to “duck and cover” should the dreaded bomb ever fall from the sky. Here in Australia we took a lighter approach although there were many who advocated that we too could become the target of Russian aggression.
We did however find a humorous side to the whole atomic furore. In the early 60s, hundreds if not thousands of spoof letters circulated in Sydney informing the recipient that they had been appointed “nuclear warden” for their particular street. The warden was required to have two or three buckets of water constantly filled to put out any fires as well as a pantry full of household supplies (enough to feed the whole street). It was clearly a pisstake but not surprisingly a number of citizens took up the challenge and revelled in the responsibility.
What then if Kim Jong-un does develop the technology to launch an attack on Sydney? How prepared is this city should the very worst eventuate? The rich will no doubt quickly construct their own luxurious fallout shelters as will the political and business elites but the general public may well be left to fend for themselves. If the CBD became ground zero our railway tunnels might offer some minimal shelter and at least the City Council’s network of emergency speakers could broadcast the warning to “duck and cover”.
However if we look to the American experience of both the 1950s and the present day, it will be left to the independent citizen to take their own precautions. The survivalist and prepper movements in the US have never been stronger as the average Joe (and Joanne) stock up on Spam and other long life tinned goodies in their backyard and rural bunkers, ready for not only nuclear holocaust but climageddon and political upheaval as well.
Forget about granny flats, what we need to be building in backyards throughout the Sydney metropolis are ‘granny bunkers’ – fully equipped subterranean fallout shelters stocked with at least a year’s supply of Spam and dehydrated peas. No DA would be required and prefabricated units would become commonplace at outlets like Cosco and Bunnings. All you would need is a hole in the ground or the cavity left by an old swimming pool and bingo – in goes your bunker!
Sydney today has an acute housing problem and as we await the holocaust the bunkers could take up the slack by providing cheap affordable housing for anybody prepared to embrace the underground experience and a toasted Spam sandwich. We could even go so far as to build entire subterranean suburbs beneath long established existing precincts. Not only would you have trendy Newtown, but a metre or two beneath the ground you would have a lower no frills Newtown, albeit a bomb proof maze of studio apartments, coffee shops and even the occasional Thai restaurant. If they can build multiple tunnels beneath Sydney harbour then surely a suburb beneath a suburb is not such a bad idea. Be prepared!]]>
Thu, Apr 20, The Golden Age Cinema
The Tea Party: The much revered Canadian trio return to Australia this week to perform their first ever symphony show. Taking to the stage with a 48 piece orchestra this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is not to be missed.
Fri, Apr 21, The Star
Caravana Sun: Proudly presented by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, The Whale Song Tour see’s the band hitting stages supporting UK SKA legends Madness. Caravana Sun will be donating $5 per merchandise item to Sea Shepherd, marking the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the band and the not-for-profit organisation.
Fri, Apr 21, Imperial Hotel
Hellions: Sydney’s Hellions have been riding a wave of critical acclaim since they dropped their third album Opera Oblivia. Now to celebrate the boys will take their incendiary live show for a spin around the country, stopping in Sydney this weekend.
Sat, Apr 22, Oxford Art Factory
Songs Of The Black Arm Band: For a decade, Black Arm Band has been sharing the music, songs and stories at the centre of Indigenous life, touching hearts and minds across the country and abroad. This weekend the City Recital Hall will play host to the premiere of their 10th anniversary concert.
Sat, Apr 22, City Recital Hall
Ensemble Offspring Sizzle: Inner West music outfit, Ensemble Offspring, present their annual free community music event, Sizzle. Now in its seventh year, Sizzle has become a fixture in the Inner West calendar — a mixture of art-meets-popular culture-meets-family fun. This year, audiences can experience a chamber music set, all-female big band, interactive music installation and an eco-friendly instrument-building workshop with Reverse Garbage for all ages.
Sun, Apr 23, Pertersham Bowling Club
Greg Poppleton: Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer, entirely uninfluenced by contemporary music, his passion for classic jazz goes back to age three when he saw Louis Armstrong on television.
Wed, Apr 26, Palmer & Co.
Spooky Men’s Chorale: The de facto archdeacons of low frequency vocal mayhem, have performed at festivals and concerts all over Australia and internationally, including six critically acclaimed tours of the UK. This week will see these fifteen magnificent, craggy specimens of latter day masculinity undertake their most ambitious show to date.
Wed, Apr 26, City Recital Hall]]>
Whilst on a life experience in Berlin, fate unites lone Australian traveller Clare (Teresa Palmer) and local charmer Andi (Max Riemelt). A friendship blooms and when Clare announces in a moment of desire: “I don’t want this to end – I wish I could stay”, a night of lust and passion transforms into a horrifying nightmare.
Held hostage in a small flat inside a vacant apartment block nobody can hear her screams.
The extent of the protagonist’s psychological disorder is terrifying, heightened by his inability to accept that his actions are criminal. Audiences will warm to this seemingly ordinary man until they realize that appearances are deceiving.
This spin-chilling story of control and power, astutely directed by Cate Shortland, doesn’t rely on the traditional scare tactics of comparable films and contains graphic violence and sex scenes.
A suspenseful and unsettling edge-of-your-seat thriller which only suffers from being slightly overlong, is provocative and essential viewing.
Reviewed by Mark Morellini.]]>
The lights dim the audience scream, Ian Anderson walks onto the stage holding his flute above his head. The man behind Jeffro Tull, a British band who produced countless albums, the first This Was, released back in 1968.
Anderson played the flute, acoustic guitar and harmonica, his musicianship talents clear as the point of difference when launched back in the 60s.
The show was pleasant but failed to deliver the standard expected of a music icon. When Anderson was on the mic, and did not throw his head back, strain his neck constricting his air flow, stand on tippy toes or run out of breath, we got to hear why he was such a standout artist of his time.
Jeffro Tull’s hit albums, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Songs From The Wood, Stand Up, Benefit, Heavy Horses and Living In The Past, to name a few. Anderson crafted and composed countless songs which have stood up over many decades. Andersons, limitless music contribution, deserves recognition and respect.
For more info on Jethro Tull head to www.jethrotull.com
Reviewed by Lynda Wehipeihana, Music Executive.]]>
The protagonist Sally Benner is a young aspiring artist and poet who is searching for love, immortality and truth. This play reflects the conservative attitudes of Australian society and follows her through the different stages of her life as she becomes a communist, feminist, lover and mother.
“What first interested me about this play was that it had a woman at its centre… Sally is independent and brave but she still feels the need to define herself against men… she’s always looking for a man to save her and I think this is really relatable for women today…” director Carissa Licciardello said.
Licciardello wanted the audience to immediately recognise themselves or people they know in Sally’s character. She presented the world which Sally imagines on stage, allowing the audience to experience what she does.
“She is contradictory, complex, emotional and reactive… it will feel like an epic journey where they experience all her joy and excitement, as well as her tragedy.”
The cast drive the story from beginning to end, providing the audience with a unique opportunity to see a big scale story about a young woman which is warm, funny and tragic.
“I was very lucky to amass such a talented cast and the best possible creative team to put together this compelling night of theatre… it’s everything you need for a great night out.” Licciardello concluded.
Apr 25-May 27, Various performance times. New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown. $20-$35. Tickets & Info: www.newtheatre.org.au
By Jade Morellini.]]>