Café Rebetika! single work   drama   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'Love is a timeless theme and a love story is at the centre of Café Rebetika! The central character is Stavrakas who runs the hideout (teké). He is a manga, a man who lives and dies by his code of ethics. His love is the proud and passionate singer Areti. Both strong-willed, their relationship is fiery, fun and true. However, their deep-seated philosophical differences about marriage puts their relationship in peril. She wants the self-respect and the holy sanctity of marriage. He believes giving his word on his honour is the greatest commitment a man can make. He believes in God but has deep misgivings about the church for reasons we found out later.

'After Stavrakas refuses her, Areti marries the tough, "showy" and well-off Nikos - but he is brutal. In a crisis of conscience and faith, she tries to return to her true love but due to his own ethical code, Stavrakas must reject her.

'Knowing the danger she is in, Stavrakas tries to help her get away. Tipped off to her whereabouts by the desperate addict, Petrakis, Nikos murders her on the docks. This tragic act sets the rest of the play in motion.

'In scenes that traverse time and place and even death - Stavrakas and Areti finally find their peace together at show's end.'

Source: Café Rebetika! website, http://www.caferebetika.com/about.html
Sighted: 12/04/2011

Notes

  • For further information, see Café Rebetika's website: http://www.caferebetika.com/about.html

Production Details

  • World premiere produced at the Fairfax Studio, The Arts Centre, Melbourne in April-May 2009. A national tour followed in 2011.

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Works about this Work

Stories Set to a Soundtrack of the Soul Jacqueline Williams , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 2011; (p. 7)
Greek Tragedy Arne Sjostedt , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 April 2011; (p. 15-16)
The Greek Blues Michelle Potter , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 April 2011; (p. 4)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
You'll Want to Dance to the Bouzouki Beat Lyn Mills , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 April 2011; (p. 7)
House of Blues and Bouzouki Elissa Blake , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 May 2011; (p. 13)
Change of Pace As a New Cafe Opens Robin Usher , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 November 2011; (p. 19)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
Theatre Elly Varrenti , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 November 2011; (p. 17)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
Manges Behaving Badly Kathy Kizilos , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 27 April 2009; (p. 22)
Rebetika Expresses Many Facets of Refugee Experience - Nostalgia, Defiance, Lament Kathy Kizilos , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 May 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
The Greek Blues Michelle Potter , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 April 2011; (p. 4)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
Rebetika Expresses Many Facets of Refugee Experience - Nostalgia, Defiance, Lament Kathy Kizilos , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 May 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
Change of Pace As a New Cafe Opens Robin Usher , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 November 2011; (p. 19)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
Theatre Elly Varrenti , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 November 2011; (p. 17)

— Review of Café Rebetika! Thomas Papathanassiou Stephen Lloyd Helper 2009 single work drama
Stories Set to a Soundtrack of the Soul Jacqueline Williams , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 2011; (p. 7)
Greek Tragedy Arne Sjostedt , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 April 2011; (p. 15-16)
You'll Want to Dance to the Bouzouki Beat Lyn Mills , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 April 2011; (p. 7)
Manges Behaving Badly Kathy Kizilos , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 27 April 2009; (p. 22)
House of Blues and Bouzouki Elissa Blake , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 May 2011; (p. 13)
Last amended 2 Nov 2011 11:50:48
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  • Piraeus,
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    Greece,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1936-1937
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