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Written by Australia’s most produced playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, Fury takes us into the loving family home of award winning neuro-scientist Alice (Sarah Perise) and her writer husband Patrick (Robert Menzies). Connecting the dots is Rebecca – played with equal parts innocence and grit by Geraldine Hakewill – who is profiling Alice’s career in light of her recent ‘major humanitarian prize’.
Director Gideon Obarzanek has made his debut in text-based theatre at Sydney Theatre Company with this lovely tale of intimacy amongst strangers. Obarzanek is founder and ex-artistic director of sleek dance company Chunky Move.
If you catch a train in this city, chances are on those off days when you forgot pick up a copy of your favourite street press (ahem) you might find yourself reading the light entertainment that is MX. And if you read MX even casually, chances are that at some point you’ve peaked into the ‘Here’s Looking At You’ section, where commuters post messages of love (and more often lust) to strangers, for either a laugh or in the strange hope that someone thinks you’re a babe and decided to e-mail a newspaper to say so.
In the late ’30s, producer Irving Thalberg made the Marx Brothers take their routines on a tour of vaudeville houses, to test them out on live audiences. By so doing, they were able to not only gauge the strength of each joke, but time the average audience reaction precisely – and adjust their film routines to include dialogue-free buffer zones around the big ones. It’s a neat comic trick to ensure the ensuing ‘straight’ lines don’t get lost in audience laughter, and it was picked up by consummate comedy director Billy Wilder, among many other pros.
This group exhibition poses a seemingly simple question: what is it to be south of no north? Or put another way, what is ‘southern-ness’ removed from its relation to a north? Taking its name from a book of stories by American poet Charles Bukowski, the show is part of an ongoing MCA series that places the work of an Australian artist alongside their global counterparts.