CHALLENGING TASK: Sam Coward directs A Steady Rain, featuring Stephen Moore and Patrick Reed.
CHALLENGING TASK: Sam Coward directs A Steady Rain, featuring Stephen Moore and Patrick Reed. CONTRIBUTED

Drama and comedy combine for big night out

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

One-half of Noosa Arts Theatre's upcoming double bill, A Steady Rain, features 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 this month is SRT's God of Carnage, directed by Simon Denver and featuring Kate Cullen, Sharon Grimley, Brett Klease and Frank Wilkie.

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.

As the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the night devolving into chaos.

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 are two short plays about some remarkable Sunshine Coast characters.

The plays are by Dr Susan Davis and one of Queensland's early leading playwrights, George Landen Dann.

If you missed it 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.

The plays are at Noosa Arts Theatre on February 17 at 7.30pm. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343.

Single Asian Female

SINGLE Asian Female is an incisive new comedy skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia from Sunshine Coast award-winning writer Michelle Law.

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.

The play is at The Lind, Nambour, from February 25-March 4.

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