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Thursday, October 10, 2019

‘Comedy doesn’t always stick’: THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT – West End ★★★ by Rev Stan

Sean Foley’s adaptation of the 1950s Ealing comedy The Man In The White Suit stars Stephen Mangan as clever but hapless scientist Sidney and Kara Tointon as Daphne, a posh, mill owner's da…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

‘It swells your heart & breaks it’: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Peter Nichols’ 1967 comedy A Day In The Death of Joe Egg demonstrates both how far we’ve come in our treatment of and attitudes towards disability but equally how the moral dilemmas and …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘A slow build to an explosive picture’: MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS – National Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Master Harold & The Boys is a play about lessons and devastating loss, about how you can't dance around injustice and its impact.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

‘Cruttenden’s performance is one of subtle conflict’: BLACK CHIFFON – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Black Chiffon is an interesting play, slowly building enough psychological intrigue and drama to keep you hooked.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

‘Heart-wrenching performances’: APPROPRIATE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Appropriate isn't my favourite Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play but it has enough in it of what I love about his writing to enjoy.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

‘Delving beneath the surface of labels & stereotypes’: THE DOCTOR – Almeida Theatre by Rev Stan

The performances are superb in The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre, Juliet Stevenson is as formidable as her character and Ria Zmitrowicz's dry one-liners are a refreshing light relief particu…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

‘Tense & gripping’: ACTUALLY – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Actually is a complex play that explores more than consent, it raises questions about attitudes towards sex and relationships, race, religion, upbringing and family.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

‘A lesson in embracing the simple pleasures’: THE COLOURS – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Harriet Madeley's The Colours is a verbatim play based on interviews with people with life-limiting illnesses and those working in palliative care.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

‘The start of something really powerful’: TREE – Young Vic Theatre by Rev Stan

There is much to applaud in Tree but it feels like a play that is more about the spectacle and experience than a substantial exploration of meaty issues which is fine to a point.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

‘More satire, please’: THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE – Park Theatre by Rev Stan

The Actor's Nightmare is six short plays, linked by themes of acting, theatre and performance and brought together for the first time at the Park Theatre.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

‘Expertly draws out the growing anticipation’: EQUUS – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Equus is an intriguing play, part psychological thriller, part mirror to the human condition and this is an almost thoroughbred production.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

‘There isn’t time to get bored’: THE ILLUSIONISTS – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

The Illusionists are back in London for the summer season with their mix of illusion, thrilling feats, humour and family fun.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

‘Fiercely intelligent & keenly observed’: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

London’s theatre scene is awash with productions which offer a ‘fresh’ take on classics but Jasmine Lee-Jones’ play Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner demonstrates exactly what re…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

‘Gets off to a punchy start’: DARK SUBLIME – Trafalgar Studios ★★★ by Rev Stan

Dark Sublime is a long play and while it contains some really good material it would benefit from being trimmed back to make it slicker and more focused.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘Touching moments & humour too’: SUMMER ROLLS – Park Theatre by Rev Stan

Actress and writer Tuyen Do’s first full length play Summer Rolls brings a story about a British Vietnamese family to a UK stage for the first time.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘The play has been so beautifully brought to life by a genius team’: Actor & writer Tuyen Do has her first play staged at the Park Theatre by Rev Stan

Tuyen Do is no stranger to the London stage having appeared most recently in The Great Wave at the National Theatre and Pah-Na at the Royal Court, but next week she’ll be sitting in the au…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘An exposing & painful play’: STRANGE FRUIT – Bush Theatre by Rev Stan

Strange Fruit is an exposing and painful play but it feels like it distracts itself from its otherwise powerful key theme.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘The eccentric inventiveness is thoroughly entertaining’: THE FUTURE – Battersea Arts Centre by Rev Stan

The eccentric inventiveness of what Little Bulb has done is thoroughly entertaining. Little Bulb Theatre: The Future, Battersea Arts Centre 2019. Photo: Adam Trigg I loved Little Bul…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

‘The writing is vivid & alive’: WOKE – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Apphia Campbell gives a powerful and engaging performance in Woke at Battersea Arts Centre and the play's message about how much hasn't changed is firmly nailed to the mast.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘A delicious modern twist to the play’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bridge Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is a delicious modern twist A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre, not only putting some power back into female hands in a play which traditionally treats women badly but a…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

‘It isn’t just nostalgia’: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Riotous in tone, occasionally chaotic but with an inventive playfulness Education, Education, Education successfully captures the optimism of the time but it isn't just nostalgia.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Breathtaking in its beauty’: BalletBoyz’s Them/Us – West End ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

From fluid, floaty, tender, strong, angular and jovial to grace, strength and seamless instinctive precision, that’s BalletBoyz’s Them/Us at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘An intricate & quietly revealing play’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is much to be gleaned from the subtlety of Country Music but it requires work and attention to seek it out.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

‘Funny & dark but occasionally underpowered’: THE STARRY MESSENGER – West End ★★★ by Rev Stan

In The Starry Messenger writer Kenneth Lonergan has gifted Mark with a dry humour delivered by Matthew Broderick in such a deliciously understated way you can’t but admire his comic timing.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

No re-admittance vs permitting latecomers – a story of missing the plot by Rev Stan

It’s not a joke waiting for a punchline, rather it’s something I’ve been puzzling over ever since I had my view and enjoyment of a play disturbed not once but twice by latecomers.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘Interesting & strangely intimate experience’: ANNA – National Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Anna at the National Theatre is a taut thriller and an interesting and different play watching experience.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘A gripping story told really well’: SMALL ISLAND – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Small Island is an epic story straddling Jamaica and England before, during and after World War II and exploring colonialism, racism, love and identity.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Celebratory, humorous & witty but doesn’t sugar coat’: F*KY YOU & PAY ME – Bunker Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Written and performed by Joana Nastari, F*ck You and Pay Me is described as a love letter to sex workers, it dispels some of the myths, is celebratory, humorous and witty but doesn't sugar c…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

‘Sometimes funny & witty, occasionally tense’: CLASS – Bush Theatre by Rev Stan

Class at the Bush Theatre layers marital tensions with social class tensions and the pressures of being a teacher and learning.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Epic battle of gods anchored in contemporary culture’: THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL – Kiln Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

In the same way that the Marvel Universe mixes superpowers with mortal flaws, the scope of The Half God of Rainfall stretches to another galaxy but all the time remains profoundly human.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘A kind of seductive circus of misfits’: LITTLE DEATH CLUB – Underbelly Festival by Rev Stan

Little Death Club is a cabaret of the late night variety, a kind of seductive circus of misfits and certainly not for the prudish.

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