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15° & CLOUDY ON MONDAY 30 MARCH IN MELBOURNE
By Emma Joyce
December 20, 2019
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Home, I'm Darling

Everything is not quite what it seems in Judy's picture-perfect 1950s household.
By Emma Joyce
December 20, 2019
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When you say the words 'dream housewife' you're probably picturing a white picket fence, a freshly baked Victoria sponge cake and a woman adjusting her man's tie before he heads out of the door to his important man-job. A Hollywood fantasy of womanhood that's somewhat lost its sheen in the modern world. Well, not for Judy.

Judy is the vision of a 1950s housewife — she's got the frock, the neat apron, a perfectly set curl, peachy cheeks and pearls. She adores her role, packing lunches and pouring cocktails as her husband Johnny brings home the bacon. Thing is, it's not the fabulous 50s — and Judy's not even a Boomer.

Home, I'm Darling is an Olivier Award-winning comedy that's picking apart the seams of 21st century life with witty observation about gender roles, how we cope in our ever-connected modern world and all the harmful trappings of nostalgia.

It's MTC's season opener for 2020 and associate artistic director Sarah Goodes is directing a stellar cast, including Nikki Shiels as Judy, Susie Youssef as her friend Fran, Toby Truslove as Johnny and Peter Paltos as Marcus. Plus, Kath & Kim's Jane Turner plays Judy's mum and Izabella Yena (who's in the upcoming movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears) takes on the role of Alex. English playwright Laura Wade has garnered rave reviews from the play's London National Theatre run last year. And MTC's summer production is the show's Australian premiere.

If you're under 30, you can save 50 percent off full-price tickets. Just show your ID when buying A-Reserve or B-Reserve tickets, or select 'Youth (29 & Under)' when booking online. You can also save cash on your culture kicks by booking three or more 2020 shows with a Mini Package — no matter your age.

The theatre's got a solid 2020 lineup. Highlights include the five-time Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, which is making its Australian premiere at MTC in July. And in September, there's a shiny new production of As You Like It, with music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. So, if you're under 30 and keen to save 50 percent off the full price ticket amount, check out MTC's Mini Packages, here.

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