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Malvern Theatre Company – TWENTIETH CENTURY by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, directed by Nicholas Opolski ~ a domineering Broadway producer, recently bankrupted by failed theatrical projects, is on the Twentieth Century – a train that goes between Chicago and New York.  Also on board is a chorus girl he transformed into a Broadway star. Pandemonium ensues among the trainload of eccentric characters
27 October – 11 November    8:15 Wednesdays – Saturdays + Tuesday final week 
2pm Sundays & 1st Saturday         * VDL Awards Entry *
29a Burke Rd, East Malvern   1300 131 552

Nova Music Theatre – LES MISÉRABLES by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg ~ the musical masterpiece set in revolutionary France based on Victor Hugo’s novel
28 October – 12 November    8pm Thursday to Saturdays  2pm Saturdays & Sundays
EXTRA SHOWS 2pm Saturday 28 Oct. (Preview discounted tix)  8pm Wednesday 8 Nov
Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading       1300 304 433  or 9727 0192

Warragul Theatre Company – SONG CONTEST ~ The Almost Eurovision Experience
3 – 11 November   7:30 Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 9, 1:30 both Saturdays & Sunday 5
Warragul Exhibition Hall, 15 Howitt St, Warragul (Next to Warragul Show Grounds)      0415 464 869

Fab Nobs Theatre – CHICAGO ~ Set in 1920s Chicago, Kander & Ebb’s musical satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the ‘celebrity criminal’
3 – 18 November  8pm Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 Nov  5pm Sundays
The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater     Anne  0401 018 846

Torquay Theatre Troop – WHEN DAD MARRIED FURY ~ David Williamson play as an older man arrives home with a new young wife and his adult sons and their wives see their inheritance slipping away. But events take some unexpected turns
6 – 19 November    8pm 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18     2pm Sunday 12 Nov
Theatre: 16 Price St., Torquay     5261 6111  

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group (STAG) – CHARITABLE INTENT & FACE TO FACE selections from the Jack Manning Trilogy by David Williamson, directed by Roderick Chappel ~ two plays using community conferencing to explore workplace conflict
9 – 19 November      8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Strathmore Community Hall, Cnr. Loeman & Napier Streets, Strathmore       Drew: 9382 6284 (ah)

Mooroolbark Theatre Group – BECKY’S NEW CAR ~ Caught in middle age, middle management and a marriage on cruise control, Becky is about to take the ride of her life.
9 – 19 November    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Red Earth Theatre @ Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Bryce Ave Mooroolbark    0490 769 245

Brighton Theatre Company – THE RETURN by Reg Cribb, directed by Deborah Fabbro ~ a thug and his junior partner in crime take a late night train from Perth to Fremantle, menacing passengers along the way. Riding the uneasy line between comedy and terror, a tautly written study in peer pressure, anxiety and suppressed violence.
9 – 25 November  8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays and middle Saturday
Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton (Enter off Wilson St.)   1300 752 126

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS by Richard Alferi, directed by Alan Burrows ~ A frantic comedy, acerbic and painfully funny, exploring friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy.
9 – 25 Nov.  8:15 Wednesdays to Saturdays + Tuesday 21    2:15 Sun 12, Sat 18 & Sun 19
Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, Castella Street, Lilydale   9735 1777

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company – RENT ~ Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Jonathan Larsen’s update on the La Bohème story set in 20th Century New York
10 – 25 November     8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 23    2pm Sundays  
Williamstown Mechanics Institute     1300 881 545

Mordialloc Theatre Company – LEADING LADIES by Ken Ludwig, directed by Tim Long ~ From the writer of Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy set in the 1950s about two Shakespearian actors who resolve to pass themselves off as beloved relatives to secure an old lady’s fortune
10– 25 November     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2:30 Sundays & second Saturday
Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale  9587 5141

Beaumaris Theatre – DEATH BY FATAL MURDER by Peter Gordon, directed by Robyn Morris ~ a black comedy, the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
10 – 25 November    8pm Fridays & Saturdays + Thursday 23 Nevember    5pm Sundays
Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd      9583 6896

The Basin Theatre Group – AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins ~ the local committee is planning the town’s biggest party but it’s hard yakka as everyone from the Greens to the local mayor and the CWA wants a piece of the party pie
10 November – 2 December     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Rd., The Basin     1300 784 668

Tangled Web Theatre & Avid Theatre – BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter, directed by Bruce Cochrane ~ a 1978 play with love, lust, trust and infidelity
15 – 19 November    8pm Wednesday – Saturday    2pm Saturday & Sunday  
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote

Eltham Little Theatre MURDER’S IN THE HEIR ~ almost every character in the hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder
16 November – 2 December   Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Road, Research       0411 713 095

Williamstown Little Theatre – THE 39 STEPS by John Buchan adapted by Patrick Barlow, directed by Barbara Hughes ~ The 39 Steps – what is their devilish secret? To find out, Richard Hannay must travel to the Scottish Highlands, foil dastardly foreign agents, cross the moors (many times) and win over the girl. Join the cast of hundreds (well, four actually – all we could afford) in this mad-cap whodunit based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film.
16 November – 2 December      8:15 Tuesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown     9885 9678

Heidelberg Theatre Company – BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell (Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine), directed by Bruce Akers ~ Set in Liverpool, the captivating and moving tale of the Johnstone twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences
17 November – 2 December 8pm Wednesdays – Saturdays   2pm Sundays & last Saturday
36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna      9457 4117

Warrandyte Theatre Company – BRIEF ENCOUNTER ~ Vintage Noel Coward with songs
17 November  – 2 December  8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Mechanics Institute Hall, Yarra St, Warrandyte

Peridot Theatre – BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala, directed by Dexter Bourke ~ Hilarious murder-mystery as a group of the usual types gathers at a country estate. Suddenly one of them dies of poison but why won’t her ladyship call the police?
17 November – 2 December    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2:15 1st Sunday & 2nd Saturday   4:00 2nd Sunday
Unicorn Theatre, Mt. Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd, Mt Waverley  9808 0770

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company THE BUTLER DID IT by Tim Kelly, directed by Jon Mamonski ~ This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written: but with a decidedly American flavour.
17 November – 2 December    7:30 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West   Bookings:   5225 1200

Sherbrooke Theatre Company – THE ODD COUPLE ~ Divorced from his wife, Oscar lives in the cheerful chaos. Into the midst of his smoke-laden, beer-sodden weekly poker session, comes newly separated Felix, bent on doing the cooking, cleaning, polishing and laundry
17 November – 2 December     8pm Thursdays – Saturdays, 2pm Sundays
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster    1300 650 309

The Mount Players – PRESENT LAUGHTER ~ Vintage Noel Coward with an aging, philandering matinee idol as its focus
17 November – 3 December  8pm  Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays
Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon        5426 1892

FizzWack Theatre Company – MISTERMAN ~ directed by Kris Weber, with Travis Handcock as a determined young evangelist set on freeing the town of Inishfree from their sins
21 November – 2 Dec. 8pm 21 – 25 Nov, 28 Nov – 2 Dec, 2pm Saturdays & Sunday 26 Nov
Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde St, Footscray        0424 494 829

Essendon Theatre Company  UNNECESSARY FARCE ~ In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant; in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. There’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes
23 November – 2 December   8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays     2pm Sunday
Bradshaw Street Community Hall, Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street), West Essendon      0422 029 483

PLOS Musical Productions – THE LITTLE MERMAID ~ Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy story gets the Disney treatment with Alan Menken’s music
31 December 2017 – 10 January 2018       5pm Sunday 31 December  
7:30 Tuesday 2, Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 & Tuesday 9 January
1:30 Wednesday 3, Sunday 7 & Wednesday 10 January  
Frankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston   Bookings:     9784 1060

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