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REVIEW: Odd Man Out

The Odd Man Out of David Williamson’s latest play is Ryan (played with great insight by Justin Stewart Cotta), the Asperger’s genius who’s brilliant on physics and cold, hard logic but lacks the emotional intelligence to succeed in his personal relationships. The play opens with a humorous scene in which he is trying to court […]

Review: Relatively Speaking

Alan Ayckbourn is a prolific British playwright, and a keen observer of human flaws and cultural idiosyncrasies. He is particularly good at examining English sensibilities and translating them through comedy that borders on sardonic. Relatively Speaking, his first successful play, is a good example. Written in 1967, its plot is a twisted pretzel of misunderstanding, deception […]

Review: e-baby

Catherine (Danielle Carter) is a privileged Australian attorney living in London. In her mid-40’s, she has endured 18 cycles of IVF and is now desperate to have a child. Nellie (Gabrielle Scawthorn) is her surrogate, a feisty, honest, God-fearing redhead from Boston. e-baby, Jane Cafarella’s first full-length play, tackles the sensitive and heart rendering issue […]

Review: Barefoot in the Park

The Ensemble’s decision to stage the 1960's smash hit Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon will definitely pay off, with an almost certain guarantee of full houses during its Sydney season. With a small cast of just five, the play focuses on the relationship of Corie and her lawyer husband Paul Bratter, a newly […]

Review: Betrayal

It is not surprising that Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (1979): it is as perfect a piece of theatre as you are likely to see on stage, and the Ensemble production certainly does it justice. The work is a reverse chronological examination of an affair (from 1977 […]

Review: Betrayal

Lies, deceit and wine may be the essential ingredients for a night of treachery, but Ensemble Theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, falls a little short of highlighting the lingering itch of guilt or the hollow bleakness that might reside in corrosive relationships. Betrayal begins with the stilted reunion of past lovers Emma (Ursula Mills) […]

REVIEW: A History Of Falling Things

Keraunothnetophobia is the fear of being hit by satellites or random falling objects. Sufferers will retreat into isolated shelter, stricken with anxiety at the mere thought of venturing outside. Robin and Jacqui, the main characters in James Graham’s A History Of Falling Things, are afflicted with this irrational fear. In an Australian premiere, The Ensemble […]

Review: A History of Falling Things

The Ensemble’s latest production, A History of Falling Things by James Graham, is a humorous exploration of obsessions, in particular keraunothetophobia, or a fear of falling things, which the two main characters share. Robin (Eric Beecroft) and Jacqui (Sophie Hensser) are both confined to their rooms, and Robin even hides under his table. He lives […]

The Big Dry

The Big Dry is a co-production with Australian Theatre for Young People, based on the young-adult fiction novel by Australian author Tony Davis and inspired by the American Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. It was an era of unbelievable dust storms, where all the topsoil on farms was blown away, nothing grew and the land […]

Review: Tribes

It’s no surprise that people who are hearing impaired face exclusion, but how many of us really understand how this feels like? This is just one of the questions that Nina Raine explores in her play Tribes. Director Susanna Dowling has seamlessly adapted Raine’s play (originally making its debut in London’s Royal Court Theatre) for […]