Yellow Face | Dinosaurus Productions with bAKEHOUSE

Image by Clare Hawley

After David Henry Hwang became the first Asian American to win a Tony award for his play M. Butterfly, his new positioning within the American theatre world became difficult to navigate. Now an unintentional spokesperson for Asian American theatre-makers, the next few years of Hwang’s life and career were complicated, to say the least.

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Lights in the Park | Australian Theatre for Young People & Q Theatre

One night the street lights inexplicably go out and the world suddenly becomes a mysterious playground for fun and mischief. For one group of high schoolers, a night in the dark is the perfect time to right old wrongs, answer hard questions, and try on another life for a change.

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The Removalists | New Theatre

Image by Bob Seary for New Theatre

A woman turns to the police for assistance when her husband assaults her. The police take the opportunity to puff their chests and wield their power. David Williamson’s the Removalists is exemplary of the playwright’s successes and shortcomings in a brutal, violent exploration of power and toxic masculinity.

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Live a Little | subtlenuance

At first glance, Tilly is a typical train wreck. She works a soul-sucking job, has no love life, and spends her weekends eating chocolate in her pyjamas à la Bridget Jones. But Tilly lives in perpetual denial of a painful truth lurking on her horizon and, sooner rather than later, that wall of water crashes upon her shore.

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Henry IV Part 1 & 2 | Streamed Shakespeare

While it’s true that William Shakespeare’s history plays don’t receive as much modern attention as his comedies and tragedies, his ability to dramatise the lives of British rulers garnered the playwright much praise in his day. In Henry IV Part 1 & 2, the expected wit and politics of Shakespeare’s writing is only amplified by real royalty and warfare.

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Is There Something Wrong with that Lady? | Griffin Theatre Company

Image by Brett Boardman

The image of the tortured artist is a popular one; the sad sack, the alcoholic, the neurotic recluse. But even for artists who might be considered “normal”, there remains the rather insistent self-doubt: “Why am I doing this?” In Debra Oswald’s solo memoir performance, she explores the life events leading to her career as a writer and the many, many trials she’s faced over that career.

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Always a Bridesmaid | Castle Hill Players

Image by Chris Lundie

Some decades ago, a group of four best friends promised to be each others’ bridesmaids for better or worse. They didn’t predict, though, how many weddings that would entail over four lifetimes of divorces, abandoned grooms, and even a wedding re-do. Now they gather once again at Laurelton Oaks to give away their goddaughter and relive the memories.

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Dead Skin | White Box Theatre Co

Image by Jasmin Simmons

Andie is practically an adult but there are a few things she’d like to do before her big birthday: go on a date with her best friend, confront her father, and find her mother. In Dead Skin, two girls’ coming of age moments cosmically intertwine in an eerie, off-kilter love story.

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The Dumb Waiter | Beacon Road Productions

After a year of waiting for live theatre to return, it’s only fitting that Beacon Road Productions’s debut production features a lot of waiting. Two men await their orders in a strange basement room. It all seems to be going as usual until they begin receiving messages from the room’s dumbwaiter. The plans have changed but what then are they waiting for?

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The Twins | Shark Island Institute & the ArtsLab Kangaroo Valley

Ian Darling and Greg Fleet discovered their unique stage partnership in a high school production of the Comedy of Errors in 1978. Some 40 years later they want to reclaim those old feelings and return to the stage together but the intervening years have done some damage. In this meta-play, the two old friends sift through two lifetimes of regrets, disappointments, and unexpected triumphs.

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