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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Tick, Tick… Boom! review at Bridge House Theatre, London – ‘intimate and emotionally punchy’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan Larson died in 1996 just before the opening of his first major Broadway musical, Rent. Before this he was a struggling

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This Is Not Right review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘John Godber’s absorbing but frustrating new play’ by Paul Vale

John Godber is a consummate communicator. His fusion of observational comedy with physical theatre has proved immensely popular since Bouncers premiered in

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The Stage/Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company Scholarships winners 2019 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship 2019 in conjunction with London-based Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has been won by Hannah Roy-Davies and Morgan Summers.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

The Niceties review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘stilted, overly talky play’ by Paul Vale

US writer Eleanor Burgess’ play The Niceties is a dense, talky two-hander that sets out to explore some meaty questions about race

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Zeus on the Loose review at Fire, London – ‘fails on practically every level’ by Paul Vale

The twins Aphrodite and Ilithyia are completely unaware of how powerful they are. So powerful in fact that the mighty Zeus himself

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Valued Friends review at Rose Theatre, Kingston – ‘unclear whether it’s a morality play or a comedy’ by Paul Vale

It seems ludicrous to imagine that a fledgling stand-up comic, an academic, a music journalist and an admin assistant might be able

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Angela’s Ashes – The Musical review at Fairfield Halls, Croyden – ‘gorgeous vocals and superb staging’ by Paul Vale

Author Frank McCourt faced criticism about the accuracy of Angela’s Ashes, even from his own family. He later redefined the work as

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Entertainer review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘riveting Shane Richie was destined to play Archie Rice’ by Paul Vale

Originally played against the backdrop of the Suez Crisis in 1956, John Osborne’s The Entertainer used the bickering family of fading showman

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Mamma Mia! The Party review at O2, London – ‘sets new standards for immersive dining shows’ by Paul Vale

The fictional plot: ex-pat Kate (Steph Parry) worked in the costume department of the Mamma Mia! movie when it was filming on

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Midlife Cowboy review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘patchy and surprisingly underpowered’ by Paul Vale

Tony Hawks is probably best known as a successful radio comedian and author of quirky novels such as Round Ireland With a

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Eigengrau review at Waterloo East Theatre, London – ‘nuanced performances’ by Paul Vale

The really sad thing about Penelope Skinner’s tragicomic Eigengrau is that, in the nine years since it opened at London’s Bush Theatre,

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Now and Then review at Above the Stag, London – ‘engaging play about love across the decades’ by Paul Vale

Ronnie Larsen’s previous plays include Making Porn and Sleeping With Straight Men. Possessing a less provocative title, Now and Then is an

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Fame the Musical review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘show-stopping performances’ by Paul Vale

Alan Parker’s seminal 1980s movie Fame introduced us to the highs and lows of triple-threat training at New York’s High School for

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Razzamataz Theatre Schools and The Stage Scholarship winners 2019 by Paul Vale

Next year, Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be celebrating its 20th anniversary providing classes in dance, drama and singing to thousands of keen

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Torch Song review at Turbine Theatre, London – ‘confident production of a pioneering play’ by Paul Vale

When Harvey Fierstein conceived his original Torch Song Trilogy in the late 1970s the gay liberation movement was still very much in

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

West End Producer – Free Willy review at Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh – ‘insightful and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

The audition process can be one of the most raw and uncompromising components of an actor’s life, laced with stiff competition and

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Professor review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘softly spoken satire of fake news’ by Paul Vale

There has been a change to the advertised lecture today and the professor seems more than usually enthusiastic to explain why. He

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Leave a Message review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘excellent cathartic writing’ by Paul Vale

For Ed Coleman’s new play, which originally saw the light at this year’s Vaults Festival, the author questions how much we will

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(I)sland (T)rap – The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey review at Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh – ”utterly persuasive’ by Paul Vale

Austin wakes up on a beach and reimagines himself as Black Ulysses, thirsty for adventure but ever fearful of the problems that

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘upbeat but unfocused tribute show’ by Paul Vale

This is Rebecca Perry’s third visit to the fringe and may be better known to some as the Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl. This

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Yours Sincerely review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘well-meaning but convoluted’ by Paul Vale

Will Jackson has accidentally stolen 300 second-class stamps. The reason why is explained in his new show Yours Sincerely, but the important

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Scottee: Class review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘brutal confrontation of the iniquity of the class divide’ by Paul Vale

Scottee is troubled by his childhood. He grew up on a council estate in London, with no positive role models and no

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Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula, the Sea Witch review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘playful staging and enjoyable score’ by Paul Vale

The team behind the vibrator musical Buzz turns its attention to the Disney canon. Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula, the Sea

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Definitely Louise review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘impassioned debut but the writing lacks complexity’ by Paul Vale

Louise is mad. Mad at fellow actors who rub her up the wrong way, mad at her flatmate who is really needy,

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A Partnership review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘engaging new two-hander’ by Paul Vale

This new play by Rory Thomas-Howes confronts the spectre of internalised homophobia in gay men. Ally and Zach have been together for

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger review at TheSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh – ‘hasn’t aged well’ by Paul Vale

Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger originated in 2008 as a short play from Australian writer Steven Dawson. It tells the story

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Meatball Seance review at Bar Bados, Edinburgh – ‘a big heart behind its absurdist sensibility’ by Paul Vale

John Michael is on a roll. Not only has he got a new boyfriend, but it’s the first time he’s ever had

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Anything With a Pulse review at Zoo Playground, Edinburgh – ‘fresh and smile-inducing’ by Paul Vale

Many plays explore our basic human need for companionship but Eliana Ostro’s Anything With a Pulse chooses to examine the games we

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Smoke review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘thrillingly acted S&M drama’ by Paul Vale

With Smoke, US playwright Kim Davies has created a fascinating and vaguely uncomfortable exploration of sado-masochism. John is an intern to an

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fudge review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘look at celibacy lacks dramatic insight’ by Paul Vale

Charlie is trying to change his ways. He is fed up of his endless string of meaningless sexual encounters and has instead

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Heroin(e) for Breakfast review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘surely outshines Trainspotting’ by Paul Vale

It’s been 10 years since Philip Stokes’ award-winning Heroin(e) For Breakfast first appeared at the Fringe. A powerful, flamboyant drama on the

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