The Realistic Joneses | Patina Productions

1. Suzann James (photo credit Clare Hawley)

Image by Clare Hawley

Bob and Jennifer Jones are a typical American couple living out their lives in a quiet, woodsy neighbourhood. Bob was recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disease but they’re coping as best as they can. When the other Joneses, Pony and John, move in, their world is unsettled enough for them to question what’s left unsaid.

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37 Ways to Say I’m Gay | Tunks Productions

Image by Clare Hawley

Being queer in a cis-sexist and heteronormative world means a near constant string of coming out situations when you’re placed in the position to correct other people’s assumptions about you. Some coming outs resonate more throughout a lifetime, like with parents or close friends, but that doesn’t make any coming out easy. Here we see 37 different coming out moments through 12 actors and their 94 characters.

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The Things I Could Never Tell Steven | Whimsical Productions

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Image by Zaina Ahmed

Steven is a difficult man to get a hold of, especially if you’re his parents, wife, or boyfriend and you have something very serious to tell him. This new musical from Jye Bryant centres an absent character in a story about the heartbreak, betrayal, and secrets that those closest to him just don’t know how to put into words.

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Dorian Gray Naked | Popinjay Productions

4. Blake Appelqvist - photo by Clare Hawley

Image by Clare Hawley

Dorian Gray has broken free of the confines of Oscar Wilde’s story and he fully intends to settle any discrepancies, right wrongs, and gain control over his legacy. In a clever new meta musical from librettist Melvyn Morrow and composer Dion Condack, the unspoken sexuality of the Picture of Dorian Gray is laid bare while the eternal youth’s hopes and desires are given life out from under his creator’s thumb.

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Fool for Love | Patina Productions

1. kate betcher, lachlan ruffy - fool for love photo clare hawley

Image by Clare Hawley

 May and Eddie are linked forever by their childhood love affair and the tragic fallout of their family pasts. Just when May thinks it all might finally be over, Eddie comes charging back into her life to remind her of their shared secrets and the knowledge she can’t escape.

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Crime & Punishment | Secret House

Image by Clare Hawley

In Chris Hannan’s adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel, Russia is a bleak place full of desperation and hardship. The people struggle to find meaning in political debates and philosophical theories about humanity. Raskolnikov is a wayward law student who commits murder to unburden himself from shame but who is unable to justify his actions in his own paranoia.

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Company | the Depot Theatre

Company 12 - Alexander Morgan, Brendan Paul, Lincoln Elliott, Michael McPhee - photo by Clare Hawley

Image by Clare Hawley

It’s Robert’s 35th birthday and, while his friends love him, his singleness is becoming more of a concern than a quirk. In a city like New York, where you can have anything you want, why isn’t this eligible bachelor married? In the Broadway favourite Company, couples celebrate their love together when confronted with someone who doesn’t want what they have.

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