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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GENESIAN THEATRE PRESENTS “OUR HOUSE”

September 11, 2016

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Sydney’s Genesian Theatre in Kent Street is known for staging a selection of quality dramas, but this time they have surprised us with a musicial, the Sydney premiere of “Our House”.

dsc09890-1This Olivier Award winning musical, written by Tim Firth, one of Britain’s leading playwrights, is a moving story that presents two paths which the 16 year old hero, Joe, (well played by Matt Clark) can take when dealing with the same set of circumstances and the consequences of each of the choices that he makes.

Music and lyrics, which give the show a happy vibe, are by British supergroup Madness and feature popular well known hit songs such as the title ‘Our House’, ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘Wings of a Dove’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’, all sung very professionally by the cast, who manage to do some great dance moves as well.

Director Roger Gimblett brings all the action to life in this amateur theatre production along with Musical Director Timothy Carter and choreographer Debbie Smith who draw splendid performances from the cast.

“Our House” is currently playing at The Genesian Theatre until 8 October 2016 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm
with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. The performance runs for two and a quarter hours with an interval.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond