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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Text of the Day: The Sugar Syndrome by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

“Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Do you hear the people sing? In recent months, you’re more likely to have heard news stories about the longest running West End musical than the actual music. Stephen Sondheim — who cele…

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‘Will surely soon be a contemporary classic’: THE GIFT – Theatre Royal Stratford East & Touring by Aleks Sierz

New touring play The Gift from Eclipse is a wonderfully complex and emotionally powerful account of race and Empire.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Text of the Day: Les Misérables by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Bard or Blockbuster by Aleks Sierz

Theatre is a business as well as a craft. And surveys about theatre often have a business side to them. So a recent survey about how many Shakespeare quotations members of the general public…

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‘Written with intelligence, vigour & energy’: THE SUGAR SYNDROME – Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Excellent revival of Lucy Prebble’s disturbing debut play The Sugar Syndrome about loneliness, the internet and illegal desire.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Janice Okoh’s “The Gift” at the Theatre Royal Stratford East: Complex and Powerful Account of Race and Empire by Aleks Sierz

Queen Victoria is a strong symbol of the old British Empire. For some 200 years, up to the 1950s, the country’s colonial history dominated the national mindset, and arguably we still live …

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Text of the Day: Scenes with Girls by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘It’s hard to be sure exactly what the play is saying’: THE WELKIN – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Maxine Peake struggles to make the voice of reason heard in the rather reactionary feminist history play The Welkin at the National Theatre.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

‘A gob-smacking vitality & originality’: SCENES WITH GIRLS – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Scenes with Girls at the Royal Court is like an exciting blast of fresh air blowing through the often stale world of contemporary new writing.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Never really catches fire’: YOU STUPID DARKNESS! – Southwark Playhouse by Aleks Sierz

A new play about optimism, You Stupid Darkness! is compassionate in conception, but repetitive and frustrating in performance.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

“Snowflake” at The Kiln Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The prolific Mike Bartlett — from whose pen have leaped television series such as Doctor Foster and Press, as well as stage hits such as King Charles III — has two things to celebrate …

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“Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis” at The Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The 1990s were a great decade for new writing, but although the story of those years is often told as the rise and rise of in-yer-face playwrights — such as Philip Ridley, Anthony Neilson,…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sam Steiner’s “You Stupid Darkness!” at the Southwark Playhouse: Unconvincing Post-Apocalyptic Office Fantasy by Aleks Sierz

Turn on the news. Go on. No? Okay, switch on the radio. Why not? Oh, I see, because the news is always bad. Yeah, I know what you mean. All those stories about how we’re doomed because of …

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Text of the Day: The Tyler Sisters by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

‘There is little point in denying its political punch’: LES MISÉRABLES – Sondheim Theatre by Aleks Sierz

New blood courses through the veins of the West End’s longest-running musical Les Misérables.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Alexandra Wood’s “The Tyler Sisters” at the Hampstead Theatre: The Future Is Female In Epic Family Saga by Aleks Sierz

What has Saint Augustine of Hippo got to do with new writing? At first sight, not very much. That is, until you read Alan Burdick’s elegant program note to Alexandra Wood’s latest play, …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

‘A slender but quite powerful piece’: THE GIRL WITH GLITTER IN HER EYE – Bunker Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The pleasures of The Girl with Glitter in Her Eye — its acting, music and shadow images especially — do make up for some of the banality of the writing.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

“Cyrano De Bergerac” at The Playhouse Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Actor James McAvoy is much in demand: in the BBC’s His Dark Materials he is busy saving a parallel world, while in the poetic universe of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac he is ta…

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

“Touching the Void” at The Duke of York’s Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988, mountaineer Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void has apparently sold mo…

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“A Kind of People” at The Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

The trouble with prejudice is that you can’t control how other people see you. At the start of her career, playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s work was set in her own Sikh community. But, …

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

“Trojan Horse” at the Battersea Arts Centre by Aleks Sierz

Media hysteria needs good branding. So when in March 2014 an email letter was leaked to the press, claiming to be by Islamist extremists and detailing how to take control of several Birmingh…

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Text of the Day: Cyrano de Bergerac by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

“The Arrival” at The Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Family dramas are a staple of British new writing, but as well as talking about our nearest and dearest, can they also say something about the wider society? The Arrival, by the director, tu…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Text of the Day: Snowflake by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Text of the Day: Ravens: Spassky Vs Fischer by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

‘A lovely revival’: MARTHA, JOSIE & THE CHINESE ELVIS – Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at the Park Theatre is a lively revival of Charlotte Jones’ quirky and hugely enjoyable 1999 play about parenting and life on immoral earnings.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Text of the Day: A Kind of People by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

‘Might end up unfreezing your heart’: SNOWFLAKE – Kiln Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Mike Bartlett’s Christmas cracker Snowflake goes out with a bang, but it really takes a long and clumsy time to do it.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

“Midnight Movie” at The Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

Eve Leigh is an experimental playwright who has tackled difficult issues for more than a decade. Yet most members of the public will know her, and her actor husband Tom Penn, as the neighbor…

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Text of the Day: Midnight Movie by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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