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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Lady Windermere’s Fan | the Genesian Theatre

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Oscar Wilde famously had a keen eye for the hypocrisy and double standards underpinning the facade of polite London society as displayed prominently in his play The Importance of Being Earnest. But his wit and insight were in full force from his first theatrical work about the hard line between good and bad women.

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Home Chat | the Genesian Theatre

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Can men and women every really be just friends? It’s a question that has continued to plague romantic comedies since well before Noel Coward’s 1920s take on it in Home Chat. But now, in a repeat of the Roaring 20s, most of us can agree that the question is out-dated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t poke fun at the fuddy-duddies with issues of propriety and reputation up their noses.

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Towards Zero | the Genesian Theatre

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It’s a typical September day of tennis and swimming at Gulls Point where Lady Tresilian has gathered her family and friends for their seaside holiday tradition. Only this year, Nevile’s complicated romantic connections have added an uncomfortable tension that may or may not have not contributed to a murderous outburst. In this Agatha Christie classic, past passions boil over in a mix of deception and misdirection.

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