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Monday, January 24, 2022

‘An intelligent & enjoyable example of contemporary political theatre’: THE 4th COUNTRY – Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

History is a prison. Often, you can’t escape. It imprints its mark on people, environments and language. And nowhere is this more true that in Northern Ireland.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

“Trouble In Mind,” National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The National Theatre has a good record in staging classic American drama by black playwrights. James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Lorraine Ha…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 09:57AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

About “Fair Play” by Aleks Sierz

It’s a sign of the times that one of my last trips of the year, to Ella Road’s Fair Play at the Bush Theatre, was cancelled because of COVID. Not that much of a surprise really: it’s…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:52PM
Friday, January 14, 2022

“Best of Enemies,” Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

At the end of the 1960s, American soul poet Gil Scott-Heron said that the revolution will not be televised. Maybe that’s right, but a lot of other things were being broadcast in that decad…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:49PM
Friday, December 31, 2021

About “Milk and Gall” by Aleks Sierz

A couple of days ago, I watched a live stream of Milk and Gall, an American-based playwright and screenwriter Mathilde Dratwa’s new play at Theatre 503. Set in a Brooklyn apartment, the pl…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:27AM
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

“Old Bridge”, Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is the Bosnian conflict of 1992–95 the war that Europe forgot? Maybe, although most fans of new writing for the British stage will remember its massacres as the inciting incident for Sarah…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:26AM
Monday, December 27, 2021

‘A fine slice of time travel with an eye on contemporary political malaise’: BEST OF ENEMIES – Young Vic Theatre by Aleks Sierz

James Graham's latest history play has an eye on the present but a messy staging.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Sunday, December 26, 2021

“Sessions”, Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

After lockdown, the stage monologue saved British theatre. At venue after venue, cash-strapped companies put single actors into simple playing spaces to deliver good stories for audiences th…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 11:41AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

‘This revival of an American classic is both relevant & fun’: TROUBLE IN MIND – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Race, rage and relevance: sensitive revival of American writer Alice Childress' 1955 anti-racist play shines bright.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 07:00AM
Monday, December 20, 2021

“Trouble in Mind”, National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The National Theatre has a good record in staging classic American drama by black playwrights. James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Lorraine…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 08:36AM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

‘A farcical comedy or a serious anatomy of our septic isle?’: MANOR – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Moira Buffini's ambitious state-of-the-nation, climate-change play runs straight into the doldrums.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 09:00AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

“Sessions,” Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

After lockdown, the stage monologue saved British theatre. At venue after venue, cash-strapped companies put single actors into simple playing spaces to deliver good stories for audiences th…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:08AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘A perfect tour de force of visual, intellectual & emotional pleasure’: DEATH OF ENGLAND: FACE TO FACE – National Theatre/Sky Arts by Aleks Sierz

One of the absolute highpoints of new writing in the past couple of years has been the Death of England trilogy.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

“Rare Earth Mettle,” Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

Why are we indifferent to anti-Semitism? In the past few weeks the Royal Court, a proud citadel of wokeness, has been embroiled in an appalling case of prejudice by allowing a character, who…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 01:30PM
Friday, November 26, 2021

‘The controversy has generated more heat than the play itself’: RARE EARTH METTLE – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Al Smith's new play was jinxed before it started - and, bogged down in cartoonish detail, it never really recovers.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘The writing is always perceptive & convincing’: SESSIONS – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Intense, but inconclusive: this powerful new play about black men's mental health fails to reach a satisfying resolution.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘A mind-expanding experience’: TENDER NAPALM – King’s Head Theatre by Aleks Sierz

I had a mind-expanding experience this week. And, listen, there’s still a chance for you to have one too.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 05:00AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Some moments are desperately moving, almost unbearably sad’: OLD BRIDGE – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Powerful, poetic and profound: this well-deserved winner of the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize now gets a cracking production on the main stage at the Bush Theatre.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Normal Heart, National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Hypocrisy. Is this the right word? I don’t mean the play, but the audience. Of course, in the middle of the current COVID-19 crisis, there’s bound to be a certain amount of discomfort w…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 07:27AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

‘This is Shakespeare for the Netflix generation’: MACBETH – Almeida Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut in Yael Farber's testosterone-fest, which is vivid, but much too long.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Tragedy of Macbeth, Almeida Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Remembering the months of lockdown, I can’t be the only person to thrill to this play’s opening lines, “When shall we three meet again?”, a phrase evocative enough to be borrowed for…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 10:18AM
Monday, November 1, 2021

‘Explores how belief can be a psychological & emotional journey’: 10 NIGHTS – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

This new coproduction between Graeae and Tamasha is not perfect, but it offers a moving insight into ritual and belief.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 12:00PM
Friday, October 29, 2021

‘The general tone is that of history lite’: THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT – West End by Aleks Sierz

This is a labour of love. Hilary Mantel has adapted The Mirror and the Light, the third novel of her Tudor trilogy, in collaboration with actor Ben Miles.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 11:00AM
Monday, October 25, 2021

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s “10 Nights” at the Bush Theatre: moving insight into ritual and belief by Aleks Sierz

Since 9/11 there has been considerable interest in staging stories about British Muslims, and the best of these avoid the stereotypes of arranged marriage and terrorism. Although religious o…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:13AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Patsy Ferran & Luke Thallon perform with superb control’: CAMP SIEGFRIED – Old Vic Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Bess Wohl's history play is an imaginatively-written, brilliantly chilling and resonant account of life at a Nazi summer camp, starring Patsy Ferran and Luke Thallon.

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 09:00AM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles’s The Mirror and the Light at the Gielgud Theatre: Engaging, but Rather Low Key by Aleks Sierz

This is a labor of love. Hilary Mantel has adapted The Mirror and the Light, the third novel of her Tudor trilogy, in collaboration with actor Ben Miles, who is the Royal Shakespeare Company…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 02:22AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

Bess Wohl’s “Camp Siegfried” at the Old Vic: Powerfully Chilling and Resonant by Aleks Sierz

Are we too obsessed with Nazism? Apart from countless television programs which revisit that grim era, as fact or as fiction, in monochrome or in color, briefly or at length, there has recen…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 04:34PM
Monday, September 20, 2021

‘The writing has a comic crackle & pop that sizzles & screeches’: IS GOD IS – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

American playwright Aleshea Harris’ dazzlingly satirical 2018 extravaganza is about two women seeking justice and getting even, and it comes to the Royal Court from New York, trailing shou…

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 05:00AM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

‘A good story well told’: THE MEMORY OF WATER – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

I remember seeing Shelagh Stephenson’s contemporary classic at the Hampstead, when this venue was still an ageing prefab, and enjoying Terry Johnson’s racy staging,

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 09:00AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Rockets and Blue Lights, National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

For more than three decades, playwright Winsome Pinnock has been at the forefront of new writing, often experimenting with form as well as documenting the lives of Black Britons. Her new pla…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 12:34PM
Monday, September 6, 2021

‘I respected the gesture more than I admired the art’: ROCKETS & BLUE LIGHTS – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

At its best, the subjective and poetic image creation in Rockets and Blue Lights at the National Theatre is both audacious and striking. At its worst, it is over-complex, confusing and overl…

SOURCE: mytheatremates.com at 05:00AM

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