Lysistrata at The Lind, Nambour.
Lysistrata at The Lind, Nambour. CONTRIBUTED

Double bill set to challenge actors and audience

SUNSHINE Coast director Sam Coward is known for challenging his actors and audiences.

And he continues that tradition in one-half of Noosa Arts Theatre's upcoming double bill, A Steady Rain, featuring James Patrick Reed and Stephen Moore as two cops with two very different sides to the same story.

When faced with a dilemma on Chicago's tough streets, these lifelong friends are put to the test.

The second half of each exciting evening during a strictly limited season in February is SRT's God of Carnage, directed by Simon Denver and featuring Kate Cullen, Brett Klease, Frank Wilkie and Sharon Grimley.

A comedy of manners without the manners, this hilarious play is about two sets of parents who meet to discuss, in a civilised manner, the matter of one child hurting another in a public park.

The parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

Returning to the cast of God of Carnage, Grimley is known to local audiences, having first graced a Sunshine Coast stage in 2004 in A Chorus Line.

Also seen in Fourplay, Mack and Mabel, Money and Friends, The Opposite Sex, La Cage Aux Folles, The Producers, Brilliant Lies, That Woman, Minefields and Miniskirts, The Female of the Species, The Addams Family Musical, and the award-winning 2013 production of God of Carnage, Grimley is delighted to have had the opportunity to return to this outrageous comedy.

Other highlights have been David Williamson's Influence, XS Entertainment's La Ronde, which toured to the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2011 as Erotique, and Diabolique, performed for the Noosa Long Weekend in 2014.

Performance pursuits have taken her to the US as part of Studio 2's Dance USA Team (2005, 2007, 2009), including performances on Carnival Cruise ships and in Disneyland. Locals may also recognise her selling fencing materials and blinds on television.

This exclusive double-bill season, starring some of the Sunshine Coast's favourite talent, concludes with final performances tonight and tomorrow, February 10 and 11, at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2pm. Both plays contain coarse language and adult themes.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au

Questions For George and The Orange Grove

QUESTIONS For George and The Orange Grove is a one-night-only opportunity to see two short plays about some remarkable Sunshine Coast characters by Dr Susan Davis and one of Queensland's early leading playwrights, George Landen Dann.

If you missed The Orange Grove at Noosa Arts Theatre last time, enjoy the return of Landen Dann's evocative language and intriguing characters, including Carrie, inspired by a woman the playwright had met near Coolum.

Noosa Arts Theatre has the plays on Friday, February 17, at 7.30pm.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343.

Single Asian Female

DON'T miss Sunshine Coast award-winning writer Michelle Law's incisive comedy at La Boite, Kelvin Grove.

Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip-smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.

Set on the Sunshine Coast, this hilarious play answers what it means to be an Asian woman living in Australia.

For Pearl, a Chinese migrant operating a restaurant, it means sacrifice and struggling to connect with her very westernised children.

For Zoe, the eldest child, it means approaching a crossroads in her life where she's forced to choose between a career and a family.

For Mei, the youngest child, it means being bullied at school and grappling with the desire to assimilate versus cultivating a unique identity.

Two sisters at odds with each other and a mother harboring a secret that threatens to tear her family apart, this is Australian domesticity like you've never seen it before.

The limited season is at the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove, from February 11 to March 4.

Book at www.laboite.com.au

Season Launch Soiree

JOIN the dynamic Sunshine Coast theatre community in celebration of the arts from 6.30pm on Saturday, February 18, at The Lind, Nambour.

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, this fun, friendly annual event offers a highly entertaining evening of special announcements, socialising and networking, with each member group invited on stage to launch their season of drama, dance, cabaret, comedy and musical theatre.

Don't miss the first opportunity of the year to meet and greet like-minded local creatives and catch up with old friends. Dress to impress.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au

Lysistrata

A MODERN twist on the ancient Greek play, Lysistrata was originally written by Aristophanes in 411BC, and now the script has been revamped by director Caitie Millroy and Peta Beattie.

Seeking an end to the Peloponnesian Wars that devastated ancient Greece, an Athenian woman, Lysistrata, makes a startling proposal to her countrywomen, demanding they deny their husbands connubial bliss until the men cease their battle.

Things don't go exactly as planned. With an abundance of innuendo and double-entendre, the show is sure to leave the audience giggling long after the curtain closes.

Lysistrata is at The Lind, Nambour, from February 25 to March 4.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 1300 732 764.