Everyone loves a good title. A MAN WALKED INTO A BAR has been comedy gold for generations and in Off the Avenue’s production of the same name, it’s truth in advertising. The show is at Blood Moon Theatre at the World Bar and a man walks in. A woman walks in. A folk singer walks in. A reviewer walks in. The audience walks in and there we all are in a bar. This is absurdist comedy with a weaving, convoluted series of male/female in-a-bar behaviours. It’s an entertaining evening of non sequiturs, lots of character changes and some sweet little songs to top it off. The script by New Zealander David Geary is a great fun in places and the stream of consciousness, word play and Monty Python-esque word association is a part of the charm of the production. There were a few opening night nerves but it’s no mean feat to learn a text like this and the professionalism and the rehearsal that has gone into to the work is evident.Continue reading A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS→
The award winning Monash Art Ensemble, featuring Australian jazz icon Paul Grabowsky (piano), Rob Burke(saxophone) Jordan Murray (trombone) and Paul Williamson (trumpet), will be joined by acclaimed American musicians Mark Helias (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums) for a one-off performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 1 October at 7pm.
The concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and is set to highlight the heavyweights of improvised music; Mark Helias and Nasheet Waits, considered archetypal improvisers on the New York scene, and the formidable free-wielding talents of the Monash Art Ensemble.
The Beyond Borders program features Mark Helias’ compositions as well as a new work from celebrated Australian born, New York City based pianist and composer, Barney McAll entitled Zephyrus Split: A Suite In Four Parts. This piece has been especially commissioned for the concert by Monash University.
Established in August 2012, the Monash Art Ensemble is a collaboration between the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the Australian Art Orchestra. MAE acts to support the development of excellence in young Australian musicians, foster a culture of innovation amongst established Australian musicians and encourage community engagement with Australian musicians and music.
Since its inception, the ensemble has commissioned eight new Australian works including three award winning works, has collaborated with international musicians including George Lewis, Dave Douglas and Django Bates and has released two award-winning CDs.
Throughout his 30-year career, Yale School of Music graduate Mark Helias has performed with a panoply of world class artists including Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Marcel Khalife and Gerry Hemingway. A proliﬁc composer he has written music for two feature ﬁlms as well as chamber pieces and large ensemble and big band works.
Nasheet Waits graduated from New York’s Long Island University with honours and has had many musical influences including renowned percussionist Michael Carvin, Max Roach and not the least, his father, legendary percussionist Frederick Waits. Nasheet has recorded and toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United States and lists one highlight of his tenure with Roach’s famed percussion ensemble M’BOOM performing with Tony Williams and Ginger Baker.
From August to October, more than 200 musicians including leading international players, Australian icons, acclaimed alumni, staff and students have come together to make music in exciting and innovative ways. The program of over 30 concerts, including 18 free performances, celebrate Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music’s50th anniversary.
Coming up soon at Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Eternity Playhouse is an intriguing double bill by one of Australia’s leading playwrights, Jane Bodie.
Bodie’s two one act plays, RIDE and FOUR PLAY will start previewing from the 4th September. Both works delve into the heart of modern relationships.
In RIDE two strangers wake up in bed together, naked and hung over, with no idea how they got there. Through hazily reconstructed memories, they begin to make sense of what may, or may not, have happened between them.
FOURPLAY is a serendipitous story about four city dwellers finding intimacy, friendship and love in unlikely places.
This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.
Popularized by the 1968 Movie starring Walter Matthau & Jack Lemon, and brought to the small screen in several incarnations, most recently in Network TEN’s “The Odd Couple” starring Matthew Perry & Thomas Lennon. Neil Simon’s original play stands above them all as a clear example of comedy brilliance.
Directed by: Mark Power
Produced by: Providential Productions & EMU Productions
Play dates: 14 July – 1 August, 2015 (No shows Sunday or Mondays)
Times: All shows 7:30pm King Street Theatre, Level One/644 King Street, Newtown. (Entry on Bray Street).
The ticket giveaway offered for this production has been won.
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