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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Midnight Movie, Royal Court review - sleepless and digital by Aleks.sierz

New autobiographical play about night thoughts on bodies real and digital Eve Leigh is an experimental playwright who has tackled difficult issues for more than a decade. Yet most members of…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Arrival, Bush Theatre review - boys will definitely be boys by Aleks.sierz

Director Bijan Sheibani turns playwright in a fine two-hander about family Family dramas are a staple of British new writing, but as well as talking about our nearest and dearest, can they …

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Touching the Void, Duke of York's Theatre review - not quite high enough by Aleks.sierz

David Greig's much-lauded mountaineering story doesn't quite peak Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988, mo…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sydney & the Old Girl, Park Theatre review - black comedy too melodramatic by Aleks.sierz

Family drama is occasionally entertaining, but too dark for its own good Actor Miriam Margolyes is a phenomenon. Not only has this Dickensian starred in high-profile shows both here and in A…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

On Bear Ridge, Royal Court review - Rhys Ifans's tragicomic masterclass by Aleks.sierz

First Ed Thomas play for 15 years is a post-apocalyptic metaphor-fest Memory involves places, people, things and words, especially words. This abstract proposition is given knotty life in We…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Botticelli in the Fire, Hampstead Theatre review - history mash up burns bright by Aleks.sierz

Jordan Tannahill's queering of Renaissance art is riotously vulgar and unapologetic Botticelli is a household name, but who knows the true story behind his most famous painting? The painter'…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

[Blank], Donmar Warehouse review - strong but dispiriting by Aleks.sierz

Alice Birch's new play prioritizes form over content, and is depressingly reactionary Clean Break, the theatre company that specializes in working with women in the criminal justice system,…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court review - feminist dreams and passions by Aleks.sierz

New lecture about British imperialism is energetically engaging, but rather slender Sabrina Mahfouz is a British-Egyptian writer who has explored issues of Muslim and British identity in var…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre review - break, break, breaking Gadd by Aleks.sierz

Provocative one-man show about a stalker by stand-up comedian Richard Gadd is darkly exciting True stories, even in a fictional form, have the power to grip you by the throat, furiously shak…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Trafalgar Studios review - tragi-comic masterpiece by Aleks.sierz

Sharp revival of Peter Nichols's taboo-busting fantasia is magnificent Playwright Peter Nichols died aged 92 last month, just before the opening of this starry West End revival of his most c…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., Royal Court review - still experimental after all these years by Aleks.sierz

Caryl Churchill's latest offering is wonderfully bright and incisively perceptive At the age of 81, Caryl Churchill, Britain's greatest living playwright, is still going strong. Her latest i…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Two Ladies, Bridge Theatre review - Cvitešić and Wanamaker really rock by Aleks.sierz

Excellent acting in a play that tickles the senses by morphing from one genre to another Are first ladies second-class citizens? Do they always have to stand behind their husbands? What are …

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The King of Hell’s Palace, Hampstead Theatre review - Chinese scandal freezes the blood by Aleks.sierz

New docu-drama about a distressing case of 1990s corruption and cover-up New artistic directors are popping up all over British theatre. Every week seems to usher in a refreshingly new talen…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre review - music, sweet, sweet music by Aleks.sierz

Lively gig theatre revival of a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience Identity politics has been around for decades. One of the great things about the Bush Theatre in West London is …

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, Royal Court review - brilliant meta-theatrical experience by Aleks.sierz

Experimental exploration of belief and determinism is touched by genius Playwright and performer Tim Crouch is one of Britain's most innovative creatives, with a big back catalogue of chall…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hansard, National Theatre review - starry argument ends poorly by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about the parliamentary ruling class is timely, but ultimately unsatisfying In the current feverish atmosphere at Westminster, with arguments about Brexit becoming increasingly sh…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Doctor, Almeida Theatre review - Robert Icke's long goodbye by Aleks.sierz

Juliet Stevenson is brilliant in an ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging After six years, associate director Robert Icke bids farewell to the Almeida Theatre. In this time h…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Go Bang Your Tambourine, Finborough Theatre review - out-dated and long-winded by Aleks.sierz

Rare Philip King play turns a farce into a serious drama - and it doesn't work Theatre legends die hard. Playwright Philip King, who passed away in 1979, was once hailed as the monarch of th…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright by Aleks.sierz

Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece One of the glories of contemporary London theatre is its revivals of classic American drama. Year after year, a…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Royal Court review - memes, memories and meanings by Aleks.sierz

Bright new two-hander about an internet troll is intelligent, provocative and funny Few theatres have done as much to promote new young talent as the Royal Court; few theatres have done as m…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rust, Bush Theatre review - slender yet invigorating by Aleks.sierz

New play about an extramarital affair is short, but emotionally truthful The best kind of two-hander is the play about couples. And the most dramatic way of saying something about relationsh…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Europe, Donmar Warehouse review - timely, tender, brutal and brilliant by Aleks.sierz

Magnificent revival of David Greig's 1990s visionary classic is both tough and tender In the middle of the current decade, there was a mild vogue for reviving a handful of the great plays o…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Hunt, Almeida Theatre review - tense Scandinoirland drama by Aleks.sierz

Striking stage version of Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm's 2012 film For a while, child abuse has been banished from our stages. After all, there is a limit, surely, to how much pain …

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bitter Wheat, Garrick Theatre review - Malkovich monologue is more chaff than wheat by Aleks.sierz

The most controversial play of the year is shaping up to be the worst John Malkovich is back in town - and he's starring in the most controversial play of the year. Trouble is, it might well…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Citysong, Soho Theatre review - big writing, big heart by Aleks.sierz

A poetic journey through time and space in Dublin is beautifully written Irish playwright Dylan Coburn Gray's new play won the Verity Bargate Award in 2017, and his reward is a fine product…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wife, Kiln Theatre review - queer epic is joyful and intense by Aleks.sierz

Decade-hopping story about sexual identity also celebrates the art of theatre In one lifetime, the many loves that once dare not speak their names have become part of everyday chatter. But i…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rutherford and Son, National Theatre review - authentic northern tale by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Githa Sowerby's 1912 classic of industrial patriarchy is worthy but inaccessible Githa Sowerby is the go-to playwright if you want a feminist slant on patriarchy in the industrial…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone by Aleks.sierz

Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history Stasiland is a fascinating mental space. As a historical location, the former East Germany, or G…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

salt., Royal Court review - revisiting the Atlantic slave trade by Aleks.sierz

One woman's journey to explore the slave trade is both personal and provocative Most of the facts about the Atlantic slave trade are well known; what is less easily understood is how history…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

White Pearl, Royal Court review - comic racial stereotypes by Aleks.sierz

New satire about the cosmetics industry and race is only mildly funny Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone's commitment to staging a diversity of new voices is very laudable, and with White …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Small Island, National Theatre review - fun epic takes ages to warm up by Aleks.sierz

Stage version of Andrea Levy's classic Windrush story is too pedestrian Novelist Andrea Levy's 2004 masterpiece, Small Island, is a tribute to the Windrush Generation, those migrants to Eng…

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