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Thursday, February 3, 2022

On English Stages, Tales From the Asylum by Matt Wolf

Two new plays offer very different experiences of the sanitarium, one starring Mark Rylance and the other spotlighting a fast-rising actress.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

'Ava: The Secret Conversations' review — Elizabeth McGovern's well-intentioned biographical play lacks grit by Matt Wolf

Elizabeth McGovern's self-penned two-hander about Ava Gardner is a waste of time and talent

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

In London Theaters, the Show (Sometimes) Goes On by Matt Wolf

A surge in coronavirus infections toppled production after production, but two stage adaptations — of a movie and a blockbuster novel — recovered and endure.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

'A Fight Against... (Una Lucha Contra)' review — a quintet of sketches explore a violent world by Matt Wolf

Chilean writer Pablo Manzi brings his dark vision of human behaviour to the Royal Court, directed by Sam Pritchard.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

'Cratchit' review — a complicated retelling of 'A Christmas Carol' at Park Theatre by Matt Wolf

Olivier Award-winner John Dagleish takes the title role in Alexander Knott's murky, angled take on Dickens's long-suffering clerk

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'Peggy For You' review — Tamsin Greig's standout performance celebrates Peggy Ramsay by Matt Wolf

Tamsin Greig inherits Maureen Lipman's original role in Alan Plater's portrait of the onetime literary agent and legend

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Best of 2021: Theatre by Matt Wolf

Camp Siegfried, Cabaret, and Lisa Dwan as Beckett's Winnie among the year's best theatre in London.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2021 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Review: First the Party, Then the Crash, in a ‘Cabaret’ Revival by Matt Wolf

A London production starring Eddie Redmayne pulls the audience into a hedonistic milieu. Then things get dark.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

'Habeas Corpus' review — Alan Bennett's farce is now a hit-and-miss comedy by Matt Wolf

Jasper Britton, Ria Jones and Caroline Langrishe in Alan Bennett's 1973 comedy about mortality, directed by Patrick Marber

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Review: In ‘Best of Enemies,’ a TV Duel Becomes a Theater Gem by Matt Wolf

James Graham’s new play draws parallels between the bad-tempered 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal and the rancorous public arena of today.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

'Measure for Measure' at Shakespeare's Globe review — a surprising and delightful twist on the Bard's comedy by Matt Wolf

Hattie Ladbury in superlative form as a gender-flipped Duke, with Georgia Landers as Isabella

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021

Stephen Sondheim in memoriam - he gave us more to see by Matt Wolf

The master of musicals remembered, and revered

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Friday, November 26, 2021

'A Christmas Carol' at The Old Vic review — Stephen Mangan is definitive as Scrooge by Matt Wolf

Stephen Mangan is the best Scrooge yet, with Oli Higginson and Rachel John amongst those lending sterling support

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Tomfoolery With the Classics? Play It Straight, Please. by Matt Wolf

Two London productions that play fast and loose with their literary sources lack the theatrical magic of another show that gives viewers the original, unadorned.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

'Rare Earth Mettle' review — an appealingly acted play that deserves consideration by Matt Wolf

Arthur Darvill as Henry Finn in Royal Court play dogged by controversy; Hamish Pirie directs

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

'Straight White Men' review — Young Jean Lee's play should spur conversation by Matt Wolf

Alex Mugnaioni gives a breakout performance in London premiere of 2018 Broadway play

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

'The Choir of Man' review — a drink-fueled evening of pop music favors song over substance by Matt Wolf

Much-traveled musical needs a narrative makeover - but the songs are cool

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Friday, November 5, 2021

'Indecent Proposal' review - a musical misfire needs more work by Matt Wolf

Lizzy Connolly stars in a musical in search of music, and a point-of-view

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Three Stars, Three Ways, Three Classic Plays by Matt Wolf

On British stages, Saoirse Ronan, Cush Jumbo and Ian McKellen present contrasting approaches to Shakespeare and Chekhov.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

'‘night, Mother' review - Stockard Channing brings empathy to a challenging play by Matt Wolf

An ageless Stockard Channing excels in fitfully effective revival of Marsha Norman Pulitzer winner

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Friday, October 22, 2021

'The Shark is Broken' review - A murky 'Jaws' backstory with impressive visuals and familial bond by Matt Wolf

Ian Shaw plays his late father, 'Jaws' co-star Robert Shaw, in a play the younger Shaw has co-written

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Monday, October 18, 2021

'Love and Other Acts of Violence' review - a pacy drama spirals with a contrived ending by Matt Wolf

Tom Mothersdale excels yet again, this time at the Donmar and directed by Elayce Ismail

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Friday, October 15, 2021

White Noise, Bridge Theatre review - provocative if not always plausible by Matt Wolf

Suzan-Lori Parks has tweaked her Off Broadway play to mixed results "I can't sleep": So goes the fateful opening line of White Noise, the Suzan-Lori Parks play disturbing enough to spark ma…

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

On London Stages, Brevity Reigns Supreme by Matt Wolf

A new work by Caryl Churchill, the final installment in Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell saga and a Larry Kramer play deploy their running times with varied success.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

'East is East' review - Ayub Khan Din's play continues to resonate 25 years on by Matt Wolf

Sophie Stanton in 25th anniversary revival of Ayub Khan Din's debut play

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Friday, October 8, 2021

'Metamorphoses' review - a collaborative approach offers a fresh take on Ovid by Matt Wolf

Ovid comes to refreshed life courtesy 3 playwrights, 2 directors, and 4 actors

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Nathaniel Parker on playing Henry VIII and working with Hilary Mantel on 'The Mirror and the Light' by Matt Wolf

The Olivier winner and Tony nominee returns to the historical well

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Camp Siegfried, Old Vic review - the banality of evil, brilliantly served up by Matt Wolf

Bess Wohl two-hander gets a superlative production A stealthily powerful play gets the production of its dreams in Camp Siegfried, which marks a high-profile UK presence for the American wr…

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