Short+Sweet with a Jewish Flavour

January 28, 2013 by Geoff Sirmai
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A host of Jewish artists appear in this week’s plays at Short+Sweet in Sydney.

Darren Menachemson

Darren Menachemson

DanaLee Mierowsky

DanaLee Mierowsky

Canberra playwright Darren Menachemson debuts his latest comedy “Conversation at a Urinal” which – like it sounds – starts with an awkward moment between two corporate high-flyers (Brian Teo and Adam Pedicini) and leads to the ultimate question of life! It also stars Tatyana Malfenko and is directed by Craig Delahoy.

Dana-Lee Mierowsky directs Would You Like to Hear a Joke?presented by Green Bug youth theatre and directed by and Kathryn Schuback.

It stars young actors Daniel McDonald, Eloise Moore, Connie Barrera Palma, Eden Royal and Sami Eskin (all between 14 and 17) in an absurd piece about a guy – who thinks he has it all – trying to tell a joke…

And finally, Geoff Sirmai stars as an annoying American tourist in Canberra writer Trevar Chilver’s The Commuter – funny and a disturbing piece that places a young man, a mysteriously unsupervised boy, his mother and the tourist in a playground near an iconic Sydney landmark. What is really going on here? And is that a timebomb ticking away? Luke Berman directs Adam O’Brien, Charlotte Connor, Sirmai and 9-year-old Nick Nikitenko.

Upcoming plays include Dania Nour’s “Hayati  (my life)” directed with Ruth Fingret in Week 6 (Feb 13-17) and Fingret’s own “Why We’re Here” in Week 7 (Feb 20-24)

The international short play festival runs at King Street Theatre, Newtown Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 5.15pm.
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