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Harbour Theatre presents "The Sunshine Boys" - July 21 to 30

Harbour Theatre
Camelot - 16 Lochee St, Mosman Park


June 21, 22, 23*, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30*

Times:
All shows at 7.30pm
*except Sunday's at 2pm

Tickets:
$25.50 Full, $23.50 Conc
$20.50
F/T Student + transaction fee

Bookings: TAZ Tix 9255 3336
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Harbour Theatre presents

"The Sunshine Boys"

Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Dale James

One of the great comedies by one of the great American comic writers.


Community radio personality Dale James will be directing a Neil Simon classic The Sunshine Boys as the third production for Harbour Theatre’s 2017 theatre season.

A delightful revival of Neil Simon’s 1972 comedy about a pair of superannuated vaudevillians Al Lewis and Willie Clark otherwise known as The Sunshine Boys who, despite working together for 43 years, could not stand each other.  What’s more they haven’t spoken since Al’s decision to quit the show 11 years ago leaving Willie, a die-hard New York showman to soldier on regardless. 
 
The attempt by Ben, Willie’s nephew, to get the obstinate duo back together one last time for a History of Comedy TV special makes for “one of the great comedies by one of the great American comic writers”. 

The Sunshine Boys
 was adapted for a 1975 movie with George Burns as Al and Walter Matthau as Willie for which George Burns won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
 
Award winning actor Tom Rees who plays Willie says “I have been looking forward to playing the cantankerous and stubborn Willie as I am usually cast as the nice or quieter dapper old man.  Neil Simon’s scripts are always brilliant and this play is a very funny but also tender reflection on age, getting older and losing one’s sense of identity through forced retirement rather than by choice.”
 
Best director award winner Dale James who is a familiar voice on Perth’s popular community radio and with over 30 years’ experience in Community Theatre, states she was drawn to this script as she has always been a fan of Neil Simon and enjoys comedy. 

She continues “The Sunshine Boys has not been performed for some time and am lucky to have a cast who understand the nuances of the script and are able to perform the roles with the right amount of comic timing and pathos”.
 
“Over the years I have directed for Garrick Theatre, Old Mill Theatre, Playlovers, Grads and the Old Mill however, this is my first time directing for Harbour Theatre and I am looking forward to the chance to bring Neil Simon’s fabulous comedy to the stage at Camelot?"
 
Rex Gray who plays Al states “I am looking forward to working with Dale James who is a well- respected director and actor in community theatre.  I enjoy comedy very much and the chance to perform in one of Neil Simon’s classic plays is something I have wanted to do for a long time.”
 

Featuring:
Justin Freind, Tom Rees, Rex Gray, Maree Stedul, David Armstrong, Victoria Dixon and David Bridge

 

   

Playlovers present at Old Mill Theatre "Other Desert Cities" - Aug 4 to 19

Old Mill Theatre
cnr Mends St & Mill Point Rd
South Perth
(opp Windsor Hotel)


Performance Dates:

August 4, 5, 6*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 17, 18, 19

Times: All shows at 8pm
* except Sunday @ 2pm

Tickets: Full $20, Conc $15

Bookings: 0415 777 173
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Old Mill Theatre & Playlovers presents

"Other Desert Cities"


A gripping contemporary drama written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Barry Park

A family Christmas holiday erupts when a soon-to-be-published memoir dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in Playlovers’ latest offering at The Old Mill Theatre, South Perth.

A richly satisfying, fine-tuned contemporary play that effectively balances comedy with intense family drama.

Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Baitz’s play examines the lies people tell to protect each other and the damage they cause.

Brothers & Sisters creator and West Wing contributor Jon Robin Baitz skilfully mixes American politics with a family in crisis in this smash hit US drama that bridges the public and the personal.

The play is an intriguing family mystery that delivers a delectable cocktail of humour and pathos.

An affluent, fractious Palm Springs family led by Reagan-like Hollywood Republicans has their Christmas reunion shattered when left-leaning daughter Brooke reveals her intention to publish an explosive family memoir.

It is a tell-all book that dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history that would surely tarnish her parents’ political and social reputations.

Soon, ideological differences, all-but-forgotten slights and painful memories become near-lethal weapons in a war of wit and words that threatens to shatter the entire family as a closely guarded secret is revealed.

Barry Park says that he chose to direct Other Desert Cities ‘as it is a superb, extremely well crafted play with a classic structure, intelligent dialogue and intriguing, memorable characters.’

‘In the play, interesting developments and gradual revelations build steadily towards an unexpected and totally satisfying twist at the end.’

‘This searing comedy-drama depicts a family struggling to keep their fragile façade from shattering,’ Barry comments.

‘As in plays by Arthur Miller, the story moves with ferocity towards its inevitable end in a way that is almost unbearable, yet deeply satisfying.’

‘The dialogue is intelligent, with hilarious, witty comments contrasted with razor sharp, sarcastic banter that verges on outright warfare at times.’

‘Among many other things, the play is about politics, family dynamics, class structure, loss and grief, but it’s also about writers, the people they write about, and what, if any, responsibility the writer has to them.’

The director, Barry Park has won awards here and overseas for his productions. Locally, M. Butterfly picked up gongs for Best Director and Best Play at WA’s annual Finley Awards. His productions of Broken Glass, The Real Thing and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof received several Finley Award nominations. His most recent production Noël Coward’s Design for Living at The Old Mill was very popular, filling houses almost to capacity.

Contains adult language, drug references

Featuring:
Sally Barendse, Cate Jennings, Dean McAskil, Chandra Wyatt and Steven Hounsome.

 

   

Harbour Theatre presents "On A First Name Basis" - Sept 15 to 24

Harbour Theatre
Camelot - 16 Lochee St, Mosman Park


September 15, 16, 17*,
18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*


Times:
All shows at 7.30pm
*except Sunday's at 2pm

Tickets:
$25.50 Full, $23.50 Conc
$20.50
F/T Student + transaction fee

Bookings: TAZ Tix 9255 3336
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Harbour Theatre presents

"On A First Name Basis"

A comedy by Norm Foster
Directed by Peter Kirkwood & Nicola Bond

On A First Name Basis is a rivetting, very funny play about David Kilbride, a successful but cantankerous spy novelist, who comes to realise one day that he knows almost nothing about the woman, Miss Hopperstaad, who has been his maid for the past 28 years.  She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! 

He proposes that they drop the master-servant proprieties for a few hours and get to know one another as if they were “chums”.  The result makes for an extremely funny and at times very moving love story, social commentary and mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery. 

Norm Foster is often called the "Canadian Neil Simon" because he has written so many popular comedies.  On A First Name Basis is no exception.


 
More info soon
 

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