Sydney may not see snow during the festive season, but those long, balmy summer afternoons provide the perfect atmosphere for the Twilight Christmas Markets. The inaugural event at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL will be held over three afternoons and evenings, from November 23-25. This big festive weekend will offer Secret Santa options for the pickiest family member, with a sleigh of local produce, clothing, jewellery, homewares, textiles, art and other gift ideas. Vendors will set up from 5pm on Friday, November 23, ready for a spectacular sunset while you browse. Then on Saturday and Sunday, you can peruse hidden corners of the market from midday to 9pm. Plus, if you're bringing kids along, Santa will be at the markets between noon and 5pm over the weekend. A line-up of Sydney DJs will bring a little party to the market, jumping behind the decks for music from 5pm each evening. While you’re enjoying the shopping spree, find inspiration for your Christmas liquor shelf by sampling local craft beers by Sydney's Small Batch, Batch Brewing Co, Willie the Boatman and Yullis, or commit to the floral-infused spirits and try an Archie Rose's range of gin, vodka or whiskey. Wine lovers can look forward to trying some of the best releases from Lerida Estate Wineries and Grandis Wines. The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory will be matching your drinks menu with their best cheeses if you’re feeling peckish. But for those requiring a heartier holiday feast, head to the club’s new restaura
Held in Lewisham’s creative community centre New Moon, the Share Your Zines Fair gives small-circulation, independent publishers the chance to sell and share their zines with the community. Creators from across Sydney will show off their stories, while you enjoy a refreshing quince and basil iced drink from New Moon's resident Cypriot café, Kafe As Poume. There’ll be a cosy reading lounge where you can chill with your favourite publication or listen to a live zine reading, as well as a beginners’ zine making workshop running throughout the day. It’s the perfect opportunity to up-skill, read independent works and purchase handmade pressies for Christmas.
Sydney’s beloved harbourside landmark will be transformed into a massive dancefloor for a free weekend of Indigenous celebration. This nation-wide Indigenous dance competition honours long-standing cultural traditions and welcomes performers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from across Australia.Each dance troupe, dressed in traditional skin markings, will present three choreographed numbers including a welcome and farewell dance, and a freestyle piece. They’re competing for a grand prize of $20,000. Last year, the event attracted over 300 performers from across 21 nations and 31 clan groups. And for the first time, the group who has contributed outstanding communication of cultural knowledge in their community will receive special recognition. If you watched from the stands in years past, you’ll recognise a few familiar dancing faces returning to the stage. The 2017 overall winners, the Kulgoodah Dancers, will shake a leg on the dancefloor, and you’ll see 2017 wildcard winners ALLKUMO Malpa Paman Dancers perform. Highly acclaimed professional troupes like the Muggera Dancers and New Zealand dance collective Te Rua Mauri will also make an appearance. There’ll even be some award-winning music to match the skilled dancers. Double threat electro-pop duo Electric Fields will sneak in a Saturday night performance, and on Sunday Canada’s Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner will join forces with Julian Bel-Bachir, the drummer for Indigenous hip hop g
You won’t find any Shake ‘n Bake at the Cake Bake and Sweets Show – this flour-covered expo only dishes out top tier sweet treats. There’s masterclasses, cake-decorating competitions, workshops and cooking demonstrations for home bakers, and plenty of taste-testing opportunities if dessert is your kryptonite. Over three days of baking events, you’ll get the chance to be tutored by international celebrity chefs and local baking stars. Pastry chef at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel Anna Polyviou will share her creative dessert skills, appearing alongside local Instagram dessert queen Katherine Sabbath and Benny Rivera from New York’s City Cakes. Throughout the show, learn how to temper couverture chocolate, whip together the smoothest buttercream, create sharp frosting edges and even construct a multi-tiered wedding cake. There will also be an exhibition space to taste the full carbtastic menu, explore new baking appliances and have cookbooks signed by your baking idols. Some savoury baked items will make the cut, and there’ll be an area dedicated to healthy baking, so you can go nuts on your cheat day without going into a sugar coma. You'll need to register for most classes and workshops, which are an additional cost on top of the entry ticket price.
Local and lovely ceramicist Tara Burke swings open the doors to her studio in Marrickville a few times a month for this series of special creative DIY afternoons. Each of Tara's workshops focus on a different material or outcome – be it a focus on terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, vase making and more. Whether you're a beginner looking to get knuckle deep in smooshy clay or an intermediate ceramicist looking for an avenue to continue learning Tara's Clay Dates are a perfect pick. In November there will be three classes – two Christmas present workshops, in which you will learn hand building techniques that'll allow you to craft 2-8 vessels, which will be ready just in time for Christmas; and one vase workshop, which will focus on using pinching and coil building techniques, to craft your very own vases. Tara will guide you through the four-hour class, giving tips and techniques and showing off the skills she's learned as a ceramicist. One of the tricky parts of ceramics is the lengthy drying and firing process – Tara takes this off your hands and will fire and glaze all your wares, so they are ready for picking up in time for Christmas. You'll also get some delicious snacks to fuel your creativity.
This artist-author duo will present a compelling discussion about living in war, reflecting on their interactions with asylum seekers fleeing conflict and living in Syrian refugee camps. Within this, award-winning visual artist Ben Quilty will present his new book Home: Drawings by Syrian Children, which collates images of home created by children who have lived among the violence in Syria. These works are marred by the conflict, and represent how war can warp innocent perception. The book includes a foreword by acclaimed author and journalist Richard Flanagan, who has chronicled the plight of refugees writing for The Guardian. The remaining pages are dedicated to the artworks inspired by Heba, a six-year-old refugee. Quilty and Flanagan met Herba at a transit station in Serbia, when her family were fleeing Syria. While Flanagan interviewed her parents and others, Quilty entertained the children with coloured pencils and paper. He asked Herba to draw home, and she produced a dark image, with bombs dropping around dead bodies in a broken city. Both Quilty and Flanagan will share the experiences of Syrian children refugees, reflecting on the role of violence and how art can ignite action and change in this talk presented by the School of Life.
A huge open-air market will be held where the water meets the National Park in Kurnell this November, and it’s promising presents that you won’t be able to find at your local Westfield. There will be 120 stalls selling everything from Christmas trees, organic hams to gifts for the whole family, so maybe hold off on your Chrissy shopping until you’ve had a wander around. Started in Vaucluse in 2015, the Cambridge Markets offer a more boutique experience than your local Sunday markets with consistently developing, carefully curated stalls. This Christmas is the first time market founders Madelienne Anderson and Rebecca Fox have made their collection of produce and gifts available in South Sydney. Look forward to offerings from Verve Candles, Aulieude Clothing, LexiSky Designs and local photographer Ocean Club Photography, as well as the usual market staples like face painting, live music and hot food stalls to complete the family fun day out. We know Kurnell isn’t the easiest place to get to, so the council is running a free shuttle bus service from Cronulla station straight to the markets. There will be two more offerings from Cambridge Markets, one at Watson’s Bay on December 7 and one on December 15 at the Entertainment Quarter (perfect if you’ve left your shopping to last minute).
It’s pink wine seasons at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, and to celebrate the slowly flourishing summer, they’re dedicating a full day to that pretty pink sipping wine. The Rosé Street Fest will spill out onto Military Road, which is adjacent to the hotel, pouring deep, bold varieties and glasses of light bodied, baby pink rosé. With the confidence and style of Elle Woods, this pink street party will host an impressive line-up of winemakers including Deep Woods Estate, Gilbert Family Wine Co, Sutton Grange, Dominique Portet, the Lane Adelaide Hills, Molly‘s Cradle Wines and more. If you’re suffering from pink drink overdose, there’ll also be a corner of beers and ciders, as well as fortifying food stalls. For the best value, pre-purchase a glass and ten tasting tokens for $32, or if you’re feeling coy, limit the level of rosé in your bloodstream by buying tastings on the day.
While the Sydney Airport Family Fun Runway Run is a bit of an earful, you won’t be running hard yards in this easy-going, family-friendly race. This longest course for this fun run is only 1km, as the routes are entirely based on Sydney Airports’ runway space. Yep, you and the kids could be pelting down the tarmac where huge A380s normally roll in after a 15-hour flight. In addition to the competitive 1km, there’s also a 500 metre run, a team relay and a 100 metre dash for kids. It’s all a bit of a laugh in a weird setting, but you’ll also be raising much needed funds for the country’s most promising cancer researchers working with Cure Cancer Australia. Adult entry prices are $95 and kids get onto the runway for $45 and you can choose to raise more funds to fuel your run.
Every Friday from 4pm, the main strip of Chinatown along Dixon Street transforms into a vibrant night market selling Asian street food, desserts and gifts. It attracts a wide mix of visitors, from tourists and homesick international students to the post-work crowd, who you’ll find wisely padding their stomachs with cumin lamb skewers before hitting the next bar. During peak times the narrow walkway can get a bit squishy, but the hustle and bustle is also what makes it fun. A number of Chinatown stalwarts run stalls each week, which means you’ll find yum cha favourites like har gow and mango pancakes from East Ocean, or have the joy of pulling apart Mamak’s fluffy roti canai without waiting 40 minutes in line outside their permanent eateries. As tempting as those options might be, ration stomach space for the takoyaki – a Japanese savoury doughnut hole snack filled with seafood, or dragon beard candy and potato chips on a stick. You’ll also find stalls selling clothes and sunglasses to jewellery and phone cases – on some weeks, there’s even a Scientology stall offering ‘free stress tests’ to the curious. There are no artisanal goods, but more mass-produced, imported products à la Paddy’s Markets downstream. Read more about Sydney's best markets.
Bringing together local artists and groups from around Australia, Midnight Sun offers Sydney’s insomniacs, night-owls and nocturnal mammals a late-night live music refuge. Laughing in the face of Sydney’s lockout laws and championing the local music scene, these Friday night parties don’t kick off until 11pm, with performances starting at 11.30pm. There’s a new setlist every week, sometimes featuring solo artists or acting as a stage for a mini-festival of musicians. The program covers everything from alt-rock to soul jazz, indie-pop and hip hop, and will occasionally operate like an open-mic night. While this is a City of Sydney funded initiative, the local music legend-makers FBi Radio are the musical masterminds behind the project, along with Young Henry’s, who’ll sling a free tinnie to the first 50 punters in the doors. It all goes down at Foundry616, which is a jazz club just on the edge of Chinatown. Entry is $10, so it’s a great opportunity to explore some new music on a shoestring.
The quarterly retro market at Sydney Uni is a meeting place for people who love vintage, vinyl and classic cars, but on November 25, it’ll also be a haven for Christmas-mad shoppers. For the festive edition of the markets, they’ll uphold their highly regarded selection of stallholders, featuring rock 'n' roll-inspired vintage fashion to books, art, homewares, records and other collectibles. Each market has a different music line-up, from to honky tonk to rockabilly tunes. This edition will see country-punk rockers, the Jonny’s perform beside the Porkers who’ll be rocking some reggae-infused tracks, along with traditional honky-tonk and rockabilly classics from the Cruisin’ Deuces and the Western Distributors. In between performances, you can take swing-dancing lessons for $11 per person (no experience necessary) and kids under 12 can enter the market free of charge.
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds returns to our shores for the first time in three years to debut his new album Re:member in the beloved Sydney Opera House. Better yet – he’ll introduce his new futuristic software ‘Stratus’, for the first time. This algorithm means we can expect his performance to involve two self-playing pianos. While it seems borderline eerie, to down right unfathomable, for classical and electronic fans it’ll be a wild ride.
Sydney’s live music scene has a little extra pep thanks to Kittyhawk’s decision to start hosting jazz and swing every week. Every Thursday and Saturday you’ll be able to see some of Australia’s best bands and vocalists on stage – past performers include Kate Wadey, the Corridors, the Finer Cuts, the Cope Street Parade and Adam Pringle. The Liberation Day-themed bar’s old-world vibe is a pitch-perfect backdrop for jazz and, as a bonus, they mix some seriously good cocktails here. Best of all, it’s completely free, so all you need to do is turn up, snag a seat as close to the stage as you can, and order a rum and rye Old Fashioned as you wait for the sweet tunes to begin.
This huge exhibition exploring the Rolling Stones’ rise to stardom and their subsequent impact on pop culture, rock’n’roll, fashion and art is an exclusive Sydney event. It’s setting up at its only Australian destination, the International Convention Centre, from November 17 until February 3, 2019. It will feature more than 500 items from throughout the band’s career, including vintage guitars, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, and the personal diaries and letters of the Stones themselves. Their style, which definied a generation of rock fans wardrobes, will be on show, with clothing items worn by the band members from the ’60s till today on display. These will be accompanied by articles from designers who were inspired by or dressed the group, including Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, L’Wren Scott, Mr Fish and more. If you’ve lived under a rolling stone (sorry) for the last 50 years and aren’t clued up about this genre-defining rock group, the exhibition curators are adamant that you’ll still enjoy your experience. There’s 190 original Stones-inspired artworks from the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bailey and John Pasche to enjoy, alongside an interactive sound deck and recording studio, a film screening narrated by Martin Scorsese, video elements throughout the exhibit and a big 3D concert finale. The premiere exhibit in London was touted as a wild success, and the US tour of the collection saw similar reviews. Let’s hope Sydney gets just
The Jewish International Film Festival hits town this October and November, showcasing more than 60 films from 23 countries. This year’s festival will include 31 feature films and 28 documentaries, including Love, Gilda, a film dedicated to comedy legend and original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner. JIFF's opening night film will be comedy-tragedy The Interpreter, which tells the tale of a Holocaust survivor who wishes to seek revenge on the former SS officer who killed his parents but instead ends up on a road trip with the officer’s son. Other highlights of the program include Russian historical movie Sobibor and Seder Masochism, an animated musical comedy film featuring animation by American artist Nina Paley. The Jewish International Film Festival will screen at Event Cinemas in Bondi Juction and Roseville Cinemas. Check out the full program here.
The Japanese Film Festival returns in 2018 with a packed program of 30 features and one doco, all curated by the Japan Foundation, Sydney, a non-profit cultural organisation that works to promote Japanese culture abroad. This year, the festival will feature romantic detective mystery Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, which many people are calling a live-action version of the Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away. Another highlight of the program is the action-packed One Cut of the Dead, which is being touted as a cleverly disguised low-budget but high-concept take on the zombie comedy genre. Keep an eye out for Oh Lucy!, which stars Australian-born and Deadpool 2 cast member Shioli Kutsuna alongside Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour). It tells the intriguing story of a lonely Japanese woman who awakens her alter ego in an English class taught by Hartnett. There’s also Yakiniku Dragon, which brings the award-winning 2008 play about a Korean immigrant family's experience in Japan. The film features a star-studded line-up including Jeon-eun Lee (Okja), Yoko Maki (The Grudge) and Yo Oizumi (Bread of Happiness). The festival will also be presenting a free classic film program at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Oct 3-31) which will feature influential works by cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave cinema. JFF will play at Event Cinemas George Street from November 15 to 25.
Cine Latino Film Festival returns to Sydney for its third year in 2018, with a schedule of 26 features, three docos, a special Argentinian film screening and a Cuban retrospective. The festival is presented by Palace Cinemas. The festival kicks off with a bang in the form of the Australian premiere of Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. This semi-autobiographical drama is set Mexico City in the early 1970s revolves around two domestic workers who help a single mother with her children. Cuarón based this story on his own upbringing during the political upheaval of 1970s Mexico as a show of affection for the women who raised him, and this personal story won this year’s Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Award. The director’s previous film, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, earned him the Oscar for Best Director in 2013. If you can’t get enough of Cuarón, you’re in luck as his 2001 breakout film Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too) will close the festival. This is coming-of-age drama about two boys who take a road trip with an older woman holds the record for the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema history, and launched the careers of Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Maribel Verdú. Also screening is Amalia la Secretaria (Amalia the Secretary), a Colombian romcom centering around an irritable office worker and the bond she forms with the bumbling maintenance man of her office building. Touching Costa Rican drama Violeta al Fin (Violeta At
Indigenous stories from around the world will screen as Winda Film Festival returns for a third year. Shorts and feature films from Australia, Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Greenland, Norway, Venezuela, Peru and India are all part of the program. Opening the festival is the Australian premier of Canadian film Falls Around Her, written, directed and starring First Nations Canadian women, about a famous musician who returns to her home community only to find that her fame follows her home. Prolific Canadian First Nations actor Tantoo Cardinal, who has been in more than 120 films and television shows over her 40-year career, including Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves and Westworld, will attend the screening and give anacting masterclass during the festival. Another highlight is Canadian film Angelique's Isle. Set during the Lake Superior Copper Rush of 1845, it recounts the true story of a 17-year-old Anishinaabe woman who must heed her shaman grandmother’s messages in order to survive the harsh winter, as her husband succumbs to the power of the Windigo, the cannibal spirit. Screenings will take place at Event Cinemas George Street except for the free closing night event, which will be at an open-air cinema in Barangaroo. Akornatsinniitut – Tarratta Nunaanni’(Among Us – In the Land of Our Shadows), a sci-fi adventure for all ages that draws upon Greenlandic culture, myth, folklore and legends.
One of the best free things to do in Sydney is to see a movie at the Art Gallery of NSW. They offer year-round programs of screenings in support of their major exhibitions and they are always impeccably curated. Rare, odd and astonishing classics screen there routinely. The films screen on Wednesdays and Sundays in the comfortable Domain Theatre, down at the bottom of the building, and it’s recommended that you book your seat online, as they often fill up. To accompany the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition they are presenting Cosmic Futures, a series of visionary Russian movies including works by the great Andrei Tarkovsky. Nobody does existential gloom quite like the Russians, and the movies on offer are some of the most powerful ever made. The films are free, except for the opening film on Sunday November 4: a special screening of the first Soviet sci-fi film, Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924), accompanied by a newly commissioned live score by acclaimed Sydney electronic artist, Lucy Cliché. Tickets are $12-$15. Aelita concerns a lowly Soviet worker who travels to Mars and leads a proletarian revolution; the film influenced the Fritz Lang film Metropolis. Tarkovsky (who died in 1986) is cinema’s metaphysical master, whose mesmerising work spawned an adjective, ‘Tarkovskian’. The gallery is screening three of his greatest films: Stalker (1979), in which a writer, a professor and their guide enter the ‘Forbidden Zone’, a desolate wasteland, to find the my
The barbed-wire fence criss-crossing the Kings Cross Theatre playing space is impossible to ignore. Half of the audience must walk around it on the way to their seats: the concept of conflict, borders and stolen space is immediately front of mind. That’s the whole point of The Serpent’s Teeth, the work by Australian writer Daniel Keene which won the prize for plays at the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Comprised of two short plays – Citizens and Soldiers – Serpent’s Teeth takes a look at war from two distinct perspectives. The first is the everyday effect of conflict on the lives of ordinary citizens; the second gathers together five families, waiting to receive the bodies of their deceased soldiers from Afghanistan; their sons, brothers and lovers. Keene’s script yearns for our empathy; Keene’s script wants us to remember that everyone who suffers in a war is a human, beloved by someone, similar to us. Structured as a series of loose vignettes in both plays – the shift from one to the next is marked by taking down the wire wall – and directed here by Kristine Landon-Smith, this work is designed for a large ensemble. KXT have 15 actors on stage from nine different cultural backgrounds. They speak their own languages onstage – they make this story one of any time and any place. But that seems to be the ethos of Landon-Smith’s entire production, and sometimes to its detriment. We are so unmoored in place, time and character that the poetic, lyrical language often feels
It’s near impossible to get a real sense of what audiences might’ve felt when they first saw Shakespeare’s plays. he way we experience the drama today is miles away from how it initially burst onto stage: we either read the plays in classrooms or sit in darkened theatres listening closely to every word with a reverent silence. And the language a bit of a stretch for contemporary ears. It can be hard to believe that people used to go to Shakespeare for fun. But the experience of seeing a show at the Pop-up Globe – and believe us when we say it is an experience – gives you a bit of an idea as to what it might’ve been like to be in that “wooden o” back in the 17th century. You might start to understand why people become so invested in the Bard’s plays. The productions are physical, funny and smash the fourth wall apart to reach out to the audience. In return, the audiences are usually appropriately rowdy – or at least they have been the times we’ve been there – and cheer, boo and hiss along to the action. It’s a little like a panto for adults; drinking beer and eating popcorn in the theatre is totally acceptable. The theatre itself, a 900-seat temporary recreation of the second Globe Theatre, is a fascinating and transportive place to spend a night. It’s a little like a time machine, but the performances are brimming with so much life – and are littered with contemporary comedy and references – it never feels like a stuffy backward-looking academic exercise. A Midsummer Ni
At first glance, the building – an old business furniture showroom situated between a rubbish-truck rental and a hipster coffee shop on the outskirts of Newtown – seems an unlikely place for a show. But when you step inside, hand over your valuables and sign a safety waiver, it’s clear that A Midnight Visit is no ordinary show. This is an experience. An Undertaker greets you and escorts you into this new, mystical world. You are warned that the residents you’ll encounter are strange and perhaps dangerous. You’ll be handed a surgical mask (no talking allowed). You might be separated from your friends – but you’ll find them again soon enough. Now it’s time to pass over. Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and populated with characters and scenarios you might recognise from this old-school goth (yes, there’s a Raven, and he and Poe have some serious sexual tension), A Midnight Visit is an exploratory playing space. Over two levels, through winding corridors, secret passageways, and once through a magical, Narnia-style closet, you’ll be able to follow these characters through a world that’s a little bit horror movie with a dash of fun (an example: there’s a creepy church – but inside is a ball pit). A Midnight Visit owes a great deal to Sleep No More, the immersive, abandoned-warehouse theatre experience whose take on Macbeth transferred from London to New York in 2011, where it has remained open and inspires a fanbase of dedicated, triple-digit repeat viewings. A Mid
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: Bell Shakespeare is hoping to jolt us out of complacency with its new production of Julius Caesar. While the play mightn't be Shakespeare's most performed, it's certainly one of his stabbiest, and Bell Shakespeare is promising its production will be full of action as Brutus grapples with the idea of political assassination. The play stirred an international furore last year when a New York production depicted the assassination of a Trump-esque figure. But Bell Shakespeare is taking a slightly more abstract approach to its politics. Director James Evans has spent four years making the company's productions for school audiences, and says his mainstage debut will have a steely, industrial asethetic. "It is contemporary, but not weighed down by modern references – no iPhones or handguns on stage," Evans says. "My particular interest is in dystopias – especially the way in which yesterday’s dystopia becomes today’s normality. Read today’s headlines. Then imagine reading those same headlines in 2015. It would be unfathomable. And yet here we are, in a new reality." The cast is headed up by Kenneth Ransom (Gods of Egypt, Prize Fighter) as Caesar, alongside Jemwel Danao, Ivan Donato, Maryanne Fonceca, Ghenoa Gela, Neveen Hanna, Emily Havea, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Russell Smith and Sara Zwangobani.
The Overcoat, a well-loved short story by Nikolai Gogol, is a fable of corruption and vanity – or maybe human desire (it’s been long up for interpretation). When a humble man must starve and sell all of his possessions to buy a fine new coat, he becomes obsessed with the social capital it affords him. He’s terrified to lose it, and when he does, things go rapidly downhill. The story is considered a masterwork of literature; a Russian author (no one can quite nail it down, but it might have Turgenev) once said that “we all came out of Gogol’s overcoat.” And now, downstairs at Belvoir St Theatre for its 25A independent program, The Overcoat has been transformed into a musical. Composed by Rosemarie Costi and written by Michael Costi, the story has become an understated, experimental piece of musical theatre. The man at the heart of the story – name changed here from everyman-ish Akaky to the more currently accessible Nikolai – works as a copyist for a Russian government department. He’s opted out of the regiment that surrounds him; he finds genuine enjoyment in his work. He’s isolated, but it’s hard to tell if he enjoys that or not. Played here with sleepy eyes and a gentle, pleasant singing voice by Charles Wu, he is a man without much complaint. Until he accidentally shreds his threadbare coat. With a small, absurdly talented cast taking on a multitude of roles, The Overcoat is cannily cast and beautifully sung. Laura Bunting’s haunting voice seems perfect in this worl