The City Festival is not exclusively about cities. Among the 60 theatre shows and 70 exhibitions are shows about sex (urban, mostly), food, laughter, love, power, music and the power of music. Highlights include Deirdre Rubenstein's Confidentially Yours, with monologues written by top Australian writers about Melbourne characters like an ageing beauty queen, or a woman seeking love at a singles dinner. Also from Melbourne, Linsey Pollak takes the biscuit for The Art Of Food, in which carrots and potatoes make music, while two women clowns from Down Under enact a whimsically domestic drama called Dust, which admits to being very Samuel Beckett-influenced. Perhaps because cities are such alienating places to live in, or maybe it's just coincidence, but Beckett's work is featured in two other shows: Performance Exchange (UK) are doing their Waiting For Beckett medley of readings, while Hong Kong's Queen's Cafe Company will present Krapp's Last Tape and other Beckettabilia. Possible sell-outs include a physical version of As You Like It by the SoHo Group (from London rather than Hong Kong's escalator area) while Esteban Antonio, the virtuoso flamenco guitarist from the UK whose concerts were so popular earlier this year that he had to keep adding more dates, will bring a show about two Spanish poets - Garcia Lorca and Antonio Machado - who died in the 1930s. One was shot, the other died of sorrow. The shortest show has the longest title: The Jolly Folly Of Polly The Scottish Trolley Dolly is a 14-minute musical romp from Ripley Theatre. Also recruited from the Edinburgh Festival is a one-man show by Pip Utton about Adolf Hitler. It imagines the last half-hour of the dictator's life, and how he was unrepentant, manipulating, and yet alarmingly like any one of us. Utton will also present another last half-hour in a very different show: this time his subject is Tony Hancock, whose hilarious Half Hours were popular 60s TV watching in Britain, yet who himself was a sad man. There seem to be fewer local performance groups than usual, but several new Cantonese groups have sprouted, including Tribe of Dreaming Sprouts, Drama Garden and Joyful Troupe, who promise to bring us satires of society, gossip and rumour. Back to that city theme again.