FIGARO AT THE GENESIAN

September 16, 2017

IMG_5845.jpgFast paced dialogue plus a convoluted story full of intrigue, keeps the audience alert and on the edge of their seats, while watching the Genesian Theatre’s latest production. Charles Morey’s “Figaro”, is an adaptation of “Le Mariage de Figaro”, based on the play written in 1778 by Beaumarchais, which was initially banned by the censors due to criticism of the French aristocracy and gave voice to the growing revolutionary thinking of the era.

Directed by Shane Bates and with costumes designed by Susan Carveth, “Figaro” is set in late 18th century Spain and highlights the difference in the class structure of the day. The action evolves around Figaro, Count Almaviva’s man servant, who is engaged to Suzanne, the maidservant to the Countess. The mayhem arises when the Count, who has been married for three years, will not sign the marriage contract allowing Figaro and Suzanne’s marriage to go ahead, as he has his own plans for Suzanne.

Suzanne and the Countess are dubious of the Figaro-ian scheme to persuade the Count of his love for the Countess and decide to take matters into their own hands. Mistaken identities and broken promises follow, along with a love sick page, a birthmark in the shape of a spatula and plenty of doors and letters.

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Ted Crosby as Figaro plays the role with a gifted comedic touch, while Yasmin Arkinstall as Suzanne is the perfect foil to carry off the madcap happenings.

“Figaro” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 14 October 2017. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm.

Sandra Tiltman

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MY FAIR LADY RETURNS

September 5, 2017

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After a record breaking season last year, the 60th anniversary revival of Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” is now playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre for a limited return season.

Directed by Julie Andrews, this beloved musical, which took the world by storm, tells the tale of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, whose world was forever changed by the brilliant and demanding phoneticist, Professor Henry Higgins. The clash of cultures sparks some of theatre’s most witty dialogue and wonderful songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me to the Church on Time”, “On The Street Where You Live” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.

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Helpmann Award winning Anna O’Byrne, is absolutely superb as Eliza Doolittle, playing alongside acclaimed stage and television performer Charles Edwards as Professor Higgins.

The outstanding cast includes the delightful Reg Livermore in the role of Alfred P. Doolittle and Robyn Nevin (who also won a Helpmann Award for this role) playing Mrs Higgins with such elegance.

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The role of Colonel Hugh Pickering is played with aplomb by Tony Llewellyn-Jones as is the role of love struck Freddy Eynsford-Hill by Joel Parnis.

Associates of the original design team have worked with this production to bring to life once again the stunning sets by Oliver Smith and the glorious costumes by Cecil Beaton.  It’s hard to imagine another production that can equal these incredible sets and magnificent costumes.

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Contributing to the creative team is Tony award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, musical director Guy Simpson, lighting design by Broadway and West End legend Richard Pilbrow and sound design by Michael Waters.

This award winning production is an experience not to be missed.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond

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