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Opening Night – CANCELLED

An auteur director blurs the lines between film and stage in this staging of the cult movie.
By Joe Rivers
October 30, 2019
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Opening Night – CANCELLED

An auteur director blurs the lines between film and stage in this staging of the cult movie.
By Joe Rivers
October 30, 2019
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UPDATE: JANUARY 7, 20202 — Due to air quality in Sydney following the bushfire crisis, Opening Night has cancelled all its Sydney Festival shows.

John Cassavetes' 1977 film about an actress battling through an existential crisis after witnessing the death of a young fan was savaged by critics upon release. However, since Cassavetes' untimely death in 1989, Opening Night has been reappraised and is now seen as one of the highlights of his career. French director Cyril Teste, who specialises in adapting films for the stage, brings his radical staging of the cult movie to Sydney Opera House in an Australian exclusive, following glowing reviews of its New York run. Two-time Oscar nominee Isabelle Adjani plays the protagonist; her portrayal of a woman haunted was dubbed "tantalising" by The New York Times. The production is in French language with English surtitles, and it runs in the final week of Sydney Festival.

Image: Simon Gosselin.

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