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Circa. Directed by Yaron Lifschitz. Canberra Theatre 25–28 February 2015 and touring N.S.W., Tas., and Vic. till September 2015

Circus has changed so utterly in the past 30 years that the animal and clown acts that once were its staple have become dim memories overtaken by the modern tendency toward juggling, vertical acrobatics, energetic tumbling, and choreographed slapstick.

Trash Test Dummies

Adelaide Fringe. Garden of Unearthly Delights, La Cascadeur. Feb 25 – Mar 15, 2015

If you are a fan of The Three Stooges then get along to see this laugh out loud mix of circus and comedy. There is plenty of slapstick to entertain kids and adults alike. Three garbologists (Simon Wright, Jamie Bretman and Jack Coleman) make up this hilarious troupe of highly energetic misfits. You will never look at your wheelie bin the same again as you watch them dance and jump around in this carefully choreographed show.

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde. Canberra Repertory. Directed by Judi Crane. Theatre 3, Acton. 20 February – 7 March 2015

How must a man win a woman whose romantic feelings depend upon his name?  And how will his love triumph over his best friend’s determination to thwart him?

Azimut

Compagnie 111- Aurélien Bory/ Le Groupe acrobatique de Tanger. Adelaide Festival of Arts. Adelaide Festival Theatre. February 27- March 1, 2015

Director Aurélien Bory’s collaboration with the acrobats who perform his creation, Azimut, began ten years ago when he met the group on a Tangier beach. Azimut is their second collaborative piece together.

Aurélien Bory’s Compagnie 111 staged the Exclusive Australian Premiere of the show last Friday night, the launch night of Adelaide Festival 2015. The production continues in a very short season until 1st March.

Wot? No Fish!!

Written & Performed by Danny Braverman. bread&cirsuses. Direction – Nick Philippou. Becket Theatre, Malthouse. 24 February – 8 March 2015

A lanky self-titled ‘Schlump’ (kind of like a Schmuck but not as useless) in a glaringly un-pressed suit, Danny Braverman introduces himself through offering the entering audience Gefilte Fish and Charin. This is quite delicious and intrinsically linked to his story which is as much about being Jewish as it is about love, family, marriage and living in London between 1926 and 1982.  He reminds us a number of times that the Charin is like life – sweet and sour.

Beckett Triptych

State Theatre Company of South Australia / Adelaide Festival of Arts. State Theatre Scenic Workshop and Rehearsal Room, Festival Centre. February 20 – March 15, 2015.

Beckett is one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. Celebrated for his realism, his works illustrate a bleak view of human experience. His tales told in somewhat simplistic form, never leave the audience with closure. Beckett Triptych brings three of his later works together, each dealing with isolation and inner torment. Constantly asking questions, his ambiguous tales leave you uncomfortable, however his script draws you in.

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Directed by Dean Bryant. Playhouse Arts Centre. February 25 – March 8, 2015.

Yes, all the hype and the accolades for Verity Hunt-Ballard are justified. She IS Charity Hope Valentine and one almost wishes the show would never be revived again rather than see anyone else try to fill her shoes. She makes Charity a totally credible incurable romantic with an unshakeable belief in love, who can never be truly beaten. It’s this strength to survive, which Charity herself doesn’t realise she has, that keeps her going, keeps her believing, and which we all identify with and makes the character so endearing.

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare. Director Peter Evans. Bell Shakespeare. Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. Feb 21 – Mar 28, 2015.

I always relish the opportunity of spending an evening in the theatre with Shakespeare’s joyous, sometimes rambling comedy As You Like It, a romp of a rom-com, shaded with deeper, somewhat darker resonances.

Anna Robi & The House Of Dogs

By Maxine Mellor. Directed by David McVicar. Gobsmacked Theatre Company. The Studio @ Holden Street Theatres, Adelaide. February 23-March 8, 2015

Those in the mood to see something grotesque and shocking at this year’s Fringe Festival will certainly get their money’s worth from this extravagantly vulgar play.

Mother and Son

By Geoffrey Atherden. Director: Roger Hodgman. QTC, Lascorp Entertainment & Fractured Limb production. Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane. 18 Feb - 15 Mar 2015

If anyone doubted the influence of television one has to only look at what is playing at QPAC. Two out of their current three shows are based on television series, with the Cremorne housing Elise McCann’s loving tribute to Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy, and the Playhouse now home to a touring stage production of the sitcom Mother and Son.

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