All My Sons | Castle Hill Players

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There’s nothing like a war to clarify the greater mysteries of life. When the very real stakes of life and death reveal what matters to you, and who you are underneath it all. For the three men of the Keller family, the war was a reckoning that none of them could have foretold.

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll | the Genesian Theatre

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Times change, people grow older, and nothing lasts forever. Ray Lawler’s 1950s classic remains a mainstay of the Australian theatre repertoire for its dry-eyed portrayal of the end of the boom time. In this most recent reprisal, Barney, Roo, Olive, and Pearl serve as reminders of how thin the facade of endless growth is and the consequences of failing to see the reality underneath.

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The One | Ensemble Theatre

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Growing up mixed-race can be complicated and confusing for kids trying to figure out their identity. Add to that splitting your childhood between two countries, having an absent father, and trying to integrate into a racist Australian society and the early years for Eric and Mel were tough ones. With such an unstable foundation, what kind of lives can they make for themselves in adulthood?

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Attempts on Her Life | Montague Basement

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This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Gabriella Florek

Just as the title of Martin Crimp’s 1997 play can be interpreted in different ways by an innocent reader, the script itself is left open for the the artists involved in its staging. With little direction from the playwright as to how many actors should perform and who speaks the lines, making creative decisions becomes, arguably, an even more precarious task than usual.

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Control | New Theatre

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This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Anja Bless

Making its Sydney debut, Control by emerging playwright, Keziah Warner, is a sci-fi show ready to entertain and enthral. Flowing through three different but interconnected stories set sometime in our (not-too distant?) future, Control asks what happens if we don’t pull on the brake of technological development.

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Acqua Profunda: A Trilogy | Bondi Festival

Running alongside the Pacific Ocean, Bondi Beach is a potent symbol of Australia’s cultural relationship with water whether through pools at high school swimming carnivals, sprinklers during suburban summers, or the beloved Aussie beaches. Acqua Profunda: A Trilogy is an audio experience that investigates this relationship with water through three different stories of watery occurrences.

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Moon Rabbit Rising | Little Eggs Collective with 25A

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The universe in incomprehensibly enormous and the energy flowing through it ancient and powerful. It operates through cycles and a continuously negotiated balance between light and darkness. In this reimagining of the legend of 后羿 (Hou Yi) and 嫦娥 (Chang’e) Little Eggs Collective finds joy and life in an early story of love, loyalty, and immortality.

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Golden Blood | Griffin Theatre Company

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This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Josephine Lee

Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood is a feverish, drug-induced, dream-like, fire-cracker adventure of two Singaporean Chinese orphaned siblings who are forced to become adults when their parents die before teaching them how.

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Peer Gynt | Endangered Productions

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While Henrik Ibsen is most known among theatre audiences for his stage plays A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler but his stage adaptation of his epic poem “Peer Gynt” with musical composition by Edvard Grieg remains one of his most performed works as a story steeped in Norwegian culture and folklore.

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The Various Methods of Escape | Mon Sans Productions with Actors Anonymous

There is a particular type of public fascination with kidnapping cases, perhaps because of great sympathy for the families and children who suffer the cruel crime or out of morbid relief that your family was lucky. One especially famous case that garnered a lot of attention was that of Jaycee Lee Dugard who was found in 2009 after being held captive for 18 years or the fictional account of Jack and his mother in Room by Emma Donoghue, based on the real experiences of Elizabeth Fritzl, found in 2008 after being held by her father for 24 years. At the heart of these media frenzies or the fictionalised stories seems to be a need to understand; how could this happen? Who would do something so awful?

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