The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale).
But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
Thanks to Madman Entertainment, Australian Arts Review has ten (10) double in-cinema passes to giveaway. TO WIN: Email your Name and Contact Details with STALIN in the Subject Line to: email@example.com by Noon – Friday 9 March 2018. Only the Winners will be notified! The Death of Stalin screens in cinemas from 29 March 2018. View the trailer here!
Image: The Death of Stalin – courtesy of Madman Entertainment
Young bachelors, Algernon and Jack, lead a detailed double life as they court the attentions of the wonderfully desirable Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. With Gwendolen’s formidable mother, Lady Bracknell, also in the mix, Artefact Theatre Co. cordially invites Melbourne audiences to join these gallants as they grapple with mistaken identities, lovers entanglements, and the riotous consequences of their deceptions.
A trivial comedy for serious people, Oscar Wilde’s exquisitely scandalous satire on Victorian manners is widely considered one of the funniest plays in the English language. The witty repartee and lively piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity has now delighted theatre-goers for over a century.
Thanks to Artefact Theatre Co, Australian Arts Review has two (2) double passes to giveaway to the performance on Wednesday 28 March 2018 – 7.30pm. TO WIN: Email your Name and Contact Details with Earnest in the Subject Line to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon – Friday 23 March 2018. Only the Winners will be notified!
The Importance of Being Earnest plays at St Martins Youth Arts Centre: 27 March – 7 April 2018. For more information, visit: www.artefacttheatre.com for details.
Image: James Cutler stars in The Importance of Being Earnest – photo by Hugo Rose
Regarded as one of Frank Gauntlett’s finest pieces, The Time Machine recounts the experiences of the scientist known only as ‘Time Traveller’, who has spent years perfecting a device which allows him to journey forward in time. When the scientist tests his device, he travels to 802,701 AD and finds humanity seemingly living in balance with nature, but at some cost to itself.
With its mix of science fiction and fantasy, this cautionary tale remains a vibrant examination of humankind’s place in the bigger scheme of things. From the producer of the critically-acclaimed productions of Freud’s Last Session and Blonde Poison, this new production sees the incomparable Mark Lee (Gallipoli, A Place To Call Home) reprise the role of the ‘Time Traveller’.
Thanks to Strange Duck Productions, Australian Arts Review has two (2) double passes to giveaway to the performance on Wednesday 11 April 2018 – 9.00pm. TO WIN: Email your Name and Contact Details with Time Machine in the Subject Line to: email@example.com by Noon – Thursday 29 March 2018. Only the Winners will be notified!
The Time Machine plays at the NIDA Playhouse Theatre: 11 April – 2 May 2018. For more information, visit: www.ticketek.com.au for details.
Image: Mark Lee stars in The Time Machine (supplied)