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THEATRE – Short+Sweet 2010 – Week 1 highlights

January 5, 2010toJanuary 10, 2010

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  • Tickets $28 / $24 Wildcards Sat 3pm Tickets $25 / $22

From the saucy pen of 70-year-old Paddington playwright Jim Searle comes the hilarious and fast-paced bed-hopping comedy “Embedded”. Directed by the writer, it stars Paul Ayre (whose own play ‘Bella’ premieres next week) as a husband who finds too many strangers want a piece of the action in his otherwise happy marriage! Libby Daniewska, Justine Kacir and newly settled Spanish actor Roberto Quintarelli feature with him in this sexy comedy.
While “Afternoon Tea with Sex and Scones” by Dona Garofali Parise of Griffith (directed by Stephen Carnell of Kings Cross) is a theatrical threesome in every sense… sex, lies… and strawberry jam! It stars Amelia Trantor, Cindi Knapton and Robert Teicher.
From the ridiculous to the sublime…  David Temme’s “Our Last Goodbye” is a powerful play that asks why with all the love between them parents and their kids still can’t communicate… In this tender, moving but also drily humorous play we meet a couple who leave it tragically far too late to reach out to their son.  David Atfield directs Isaac Gibson, Lainie Hart and Steven O’Brien.
“The Prisoner and the Solider” by indigenous Sydney playwright Nakkiah Lui, directed by Lisa Eisman with an indigenous cast including Angeline Penrith, Colin Kinchella and Bjorn Stewart is a wonderfully moving and provocative piece where two young Aboriginal men from different times, the grandfather and grandson to each other, journey through their own wars while their sister and granddaughter watches their fire.
“All Hail” by Canberra writer Peter Holland and directed by Dale Menz is a witty, cheeky twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and backstage politics and ambition! Given a tiny role in Macbeth, Hamish (Martin Estridge) finds his wife Diana (Michelle Anderson) pushing and provoking him to ascend to the role he truly deserves: the lead! And she’s prepared for him to do anything to get it!
These and 6 more short plays – all under 10 minutes long – feature in the first week of Short+Sweet at Newtown Theatre from Wed to Sat at 8.15pm.
Saturday 9 Januarys matinee ‘wildcard’ program (single performances at Newtown Theatre from 3pm) opens with another 6 brilliant plays including “Wearing the Veil” by Rosemary Chance of Mullumbimby. Who decides what you wear? This is a brave exploration of the lives of veil-wearing Australian women. Directed by Denise Sivasubramaniam, it stars Marisa Reynaga and Michelle Cameron.
Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2010 will present 163 works from January to February in two parallel venues – NIDA’s Parade Playhouse kicks in from Feb – including its 1000th new Australian play!
Upcoming highlights include Mamdouh Habib’s autobiographical piece about his time in Guantanamo Bay, “Waiting for Mamdouh” as well as Sydney premieres for the controversial Caryl Churchill play Seven Jewish Children and Edward Albee’s revised version of his brilliant The Sandbox.

The full program of works for Short+Sweet Theatre Sydney 2010 is published at www.shortandsweet.org
Top 100 Wed-Sat 8.15pm Newtown Theatre Tickets $28 / $24 Wildcards Sat 3pm Tickets $25 / $22
Bookings 8507 3034  or online www.shortandsweet.org

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