A strong cast morph from prim and proper to zoological cacophony and baser madness with ease, the latter providing a stunning contrast to the coldness Lucia Mastrantone provides as Bianca's mother, or Gig Clarke's charming frigidness as her betrothed Benjamin, though not too far from the ravenous and hilarious portrayal of Bianca's sister, Pauline, by Katie McDonald.
As the bride-to-be Bianca becomes increasingly overwhelmed by the hyper-sexualised world she enters upon departing childhood, awe, awkwardness and disgust ultimately culminate in dissatisfaction with the fact that she has been stripped of the freedom to choose. For all the comedy, it's a rather poignant message, and one that unites everyone in their uncertainty and fickle appraisals of their own bodies.
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 16 December, Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company
This week's new sets include music from locals Gurrumul, Josh Pyke and West Thebarton Brothel Party plus new tunes from The Maccabees and Albert Hammond Jr.