I know I have a few folks in NYC and environs who drop by, so here’s an entertainment plug: go and see Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater. Blanchett and Hugo Weaving got a standing ovation last night, and it’s not just some sort of applauding the singing pig phenomenon – they both have a long history of stage work here in Oz and are both excellent.
One of my fondest theatre memories in Sydney is seeing her as Nina in Chekhov’s Seagull, opposite a mesmerisingly seductive Richard Roxburgh and an all-too-obviously-a-film-actor Noah Taylor (I wanted a telephoto lens on him – you could see that he was doing stuff that would have been superb in closeup, but was lost in the theatre). Blanchett and Roxburgh were superb, and I was so chuffed to see her get the role in Elizabeth the next year.
You’ll have to hurry though – apparently 90% of the tickets for the four-week run are already sold. For a more antipodean perspective, yesterday’s SMH article.
Starspotting trivia: Hugo Weaving is the star I seem to see most often out and about in Sydney – shopping with tiny daughters in fairy costumes at IKEA, dropping someone off at the country trains platform at Central Station etc. I also see quite a lot of Murray the Red Wiggle, just shopping and eating out at the family-friendly pub restaurant locally. The tiny Mrs Russell Crowe, Danielle Spencer, seems to like to push her enormous baby around the places I like to take walks. And that’s it these days (years ago I saw Mel Gibson’s piercing blue eyes and Sly Stallone’s cuban heels wander by, but they weren’t together or anything, so that’s a bit boring).
UPDATE: Sorry, the show’s now sold out. Ring anyway – they might extend the season.
If you can’t get tickets to the Catefest, you can go across the river and see the same play staged with life-size robots in Lower Manhattan.
Heddatron, yeah? Did you see it, Kevin?