events to see in June 2021
Sydney Opera House: American Psycho: The Musical
When Alexander Berlage’s production of American Psycho: The Musical opened at Hayes Theater Co in 2019, it sold out quickly and won nine Sydney Theater Awards. Sydney Opera House now presents the razor-sharp musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ famous novel from 1991. The Dark Comedy explores power, privilege, greed and psychopathy. Ben Gerrard takes on the role of Patrick Bateman, who trades money on Wall Street by day, and murders people by night, in the surprisingly staged production of Berlage.
June 3-27, Playhouse Theater, Sydney Opera House, sydneyoperahouse.com
State Theater Company South Australia: The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race
Appleton is Australia’s quintessential small country town. Some locals are happy to embrace change, others are not fans of tree changers and their urban habits. When Penny returns to her childhood home to become the new local doctor, she arrives just in time for the Appleton Show and her famous Potato Race, and is shocked to find that the man’s price is $ 1,000. and that of the woman. . . $ 200? Not if Penny had anything to do with it. Inspired by real events, Melanie Tait’s affectionate 90-minute comedy is hugely entertaining and fun, with some serious stuff to say. Elena Carapetis conducts.
June 4–19, Royalty Theater, Adelaide, statetheatrecompany.com.au
Melbourne Theater Company: The Truth
Michel and his wife Laurence are happily married, while Michel’s best friend, Paul, is married to Alice. But Michel and Alice are having an affair, and Laurence seems to be aware that something is going on. How far will Michel go to hide the truth? Why is Alice so keen to reveal it? And what does Laurence really know? The truth is written by the young French playwright Florian Zeller, who wrote The father. Sarah Giles directs the play for the Melbourne Theater Company with a cast including Stephen Curry and Bert LaBonté.
June 5 – July 10, Southbank Theater, The Sumner, mtc.com.au
Sydney Theater Company: Grand Horizons
After 50 happily married years, Nancy, a retired librarian approaching her 80s, tells her husband Bill that she wants a divorce so she can try one last chance at living her best life. Bill doesn’t seem to care, but their grown children certainly aren’t happy with it. Jessica Arthur conducts Bess Wohl’s Australian premiere Great Horizons for Sydney Theater Company, with Linda Cropper as Nancy and John Bell as Bill. When the family comedy first opened on Broadway in January 2020, The New York Times described it as “one of the brightest shows to hit Broadway in years”.
June 7 – July 3, Roslyn Packer Theater, sydneytheatre.com.au