✮✮✮ Michele Lee's Going Down Sydney Theatre Company | Sydney directed by Leticia Cáceres After the publication of her first book, young author Natalie finds herself at a crisis of authenticity. What she had thought to be a good representation of her life and times, has turned out a commercial disappointment. In the search for success, she embarks on a process of self-redefinition. Michele Lee’s Going Down is a tricky story to tell. The play begins at a point where we have to
✮✮✮✮ 1/2 Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Sydney Theatre Company | Sydney directed by Kip Williams A gangster film is projected on screen, as we witness it being shot on a sound stage. The action happens across not two but three platforms. We watch a film, the making of the film, and a theatre production, all simultaneously and frantically taking place before our eyes. Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui is concerned with artifice and image, wri
✮✮✮✮✮ Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke Almeida Theatre | London directed by Rebecca Frecknall Patsy Ferran won various prestigious new acting talent awards a few years ago. Here, it is easy to see why. Ferran captivates from the second she first appears sobbing and choking into a microphone as the fiendishly complex lead in director Rebecca Frecknall's rare outing for Tennessee Williams' beguiling, poetic exploration of love, desire, repression and pill-popping.