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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

‘This is an entertainment that is lit up by the excellence of its acting’: COCK – West End by Aleks Sierz

Mike Bartlett’s Cock invites suggestive comments, but the main thing about the play is that it has proved to be a magnet for star casting.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

“Red Pitch”, Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Football stories are never just about a game — they are also about life and how to live it. In Tyrell Williams’s Red Pitch, his debut play now getting an enthusiastically energetic stag…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 05:09PM
Friday, March 18, 2022

“The Forest,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Let’s start with stereotypes: British theater is naturalistic, down-to-earth and explains everything clearly to the audience; Continental drama is absurdist, abstract and suggests rather t…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:12PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

‘Platonic love is perhaps the hardest kind of emotion to write about well’: SHEDDING A SKIN – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Feel the love as great staging enlivens this well-written monologue about a cross-generational relationship.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 02:00PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

‘In this buzzing show, no one stands still’: RED PITCH – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Effortlessly and energetically entertaining: Tyrell Williams’ debut play about football and gentrification is pitch-perfect.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

‘A brilliant example of a post-dramatic play’: THE FOREST – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Florian Zeller's superbly anti-naturalistic play is a philosophical puzzle that dissects our existential solitude.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

‘Bewitching & beguiling, buzzing in my mind’: THE GLOW – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Bizarre, beautiful and breathtaking - time-travelling fantasia boasts a brilliant staging and a spoof playtext essay.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

“Peggy For You,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Peggy Ramsay is a theater legend. Around the time of her death in 1991, the Australian-born agent was honored with a meticulous biography by Colin Chambers and a personal memoir by Simon Cal…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:19PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

“The Glow,” Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

Bizarre. Breathtaking. Beautiful. I leave the Royal Court theatre with these Bs, as well as others such as bewitching and beguiling, buzzing in my mind. Alistair McDowall, whose previous lef…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:17PM
Saturday, January 29, 2022

“The 4th Country,” Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

History is a prison. Often, you can’t escape. It imprints its mark on people, environments and language. And nowhere is this more true that in Northern Ireland, where the long history of c…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:17AM
Monday, January 24, 2022

‘An intelligent & enjoyable example of contemporary political theatre’: THE 4th COUNTRY – Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

History is a prison. Often, you can’t escape. It imprints its mark on people, environments and language. And nowhere is this more true that in Northern Ireland.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

“Trouble In Mind,” National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The National Theatre has a good record in staging classic American drama by black playwrights. James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Lorraine Ha…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 09:57AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

About “Fair Play” by Aleks Sierz

It’s a sign of the times that one of my last trips of the year, to Ella Road’s Fair Play at the Bush Theatre, was cancelled because of COVID. Not that much of a surprise really: it’s…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:52PM
Friday, January 14, 2022

“Best of Enemies,” Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

At the end of the 1960s, American soul poet Gil Scott-Heron said that the revolution will not be televised. Maybe that’s right, but a lot of other things were being broadcast in that decad…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:49PM
Friday, December 31, 2021

About “Milk and Gall” by Aleks Sierz

A couple of days ago, I watched a live stream of Milk and Gall, an American-based playwright and screenwriter Mathilde Dratwa’s new play at Theatre 503. Set in a Brooklyn apartment, the pl…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:27AM
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

“Old Bridge”, Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is the Bosnian conflict of 1992–95 the war that Europe forgot? Maybe, although most fans of new writing for the British stage will remember its massacres as the inciting incident for Sarah…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:26AM
Monday, December 27, 2021

‘A fine slice of time travel with an eye on contemporary political malaise’: BEST OF ENEMIES – Young Vic Theatre by Aleks Sierz

James Graham's latest history play has an eye on the present but a messy staging.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Sunday, December 26, 2021

“Sessions”, Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

After lockdown, the stage monologue saved British theatre. At venue after venue, cash-strapped companies put single actors into simple playing spaces to deliver good stories for audiences th…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:41AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

‘This revival of an American classic is both relevant & fun’: TROUBLE IN MIND – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Race, rage and relevance: sensitive revival of American writer Alice Childress' 1955 anti-racist play shines bright.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 07:00AM
Monday, December 20, 2021

“Trouble in Mind”, National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The National Theatre has a good record in staging classic American drama by black playwrights. James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Lorraine…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 08:36AM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

‘A farcical comedy or a serious anatomy of our septic isle?’: MANOR – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Moira Buffini's ambitious state-of-the-nation, climate-change play runs straight into the doldrums.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 09:00AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

“Sessions,” Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

After lockdown, the stage monologue saved British theatre. At venue after venue, cash-strapped companies put single actors into simple playing spaces to deliver good stories for audiences th…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:08AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘A perfect tour de force of visual, intellectual & emotional pleasure’: DEATH OF ENGLAND: FACE TO FACE – National Theatre/Sky Arts by Aleks Sierz

One of the absolute highpoints of new writing in the past couple of years has been the Death of England trilogy.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

“Rare Earth Mettle,” Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

Why are we indifferent to anti-Semitism? In the past few weeks the Royal Court, a proud citadel of wokeness, has been embroiled in an appalling case of prejudice by allowing a character, who…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:30PM
Friday, November 26, 2021

‘The controversy has generated more heat than the play itself’: RARE EARTH METTLE – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Al Smith's new play was jinxed before it started - and, bogged down in cartoonish detail, it never really recovers.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘The writing is always perceptive & convincing’: SESSIONS – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Intense, but inconclusive: this powerful new play about black men's mental health fails to reach a satisfying resolution.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘A mind-expanding experience’: TENDER NAPALM – King’s Head Theatre by Aleks Sierz

I had a mind-expanding experience this week. And, listen, there’s still a chance for you to have one too.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 05:00AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Some moments are desperately moving, almost unbearably sad’: OLD BRIDGE – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Powerful, poetic and profound: this well-deserved winner of the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize now gets a cracking production on the main stage at the Bush Theatre.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Normal Heart, National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Hypocrisy. Is this the right word? I don’t mean the play, but the audience. Of course, in the middle of the current COVID-19 crisis, there’s bound to be a certain amount of discomfort w…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:27AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

‘This is Shakespeare for the Netflix generation’: MACBETH – Almeida Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut in Yael Farber's testosterone-fest, which is vivid, but much too long.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Tragedy of Macbeth, Almeida Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Remembering the months of lockdown, I can’t be the only person to thrill to this play’s opening lines, “When shall we three meet again?”, a phrase evocative enough to be borrowed for…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 10:18AM

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