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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

‘A show whose electric ending pushes you higher’: SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Ever been to a queer club? You know, drag cabaret night at Madame Jojo’s, or the Black Cap or Her Upstairs. No? Well, not to worry — the Royal Court’s latest provides a fabulously extr…

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Friday, December 30, 2022

‘No amount of vegan-shoe jokes can save it’: KERRY JACKSON – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Billed as an examination of gentrification, Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre has disappointingly little to say about this subject. Its main characters have clichéd opinions and stereot…

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Friday, December 23, 2022

‘One of the more original plays of 2022’: PARADISE NOW! – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

How many plays pass the Bechdel Test? Originally featured in a comic strip, and popularised in film criticism, it simply states that to pass this test your story has to have: 1) at least two…

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

‘A ray of optimism in a horrible world’: SONS OF THE PROPHET – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In his award-winning play, which premiered in Boston in 2011, American playwright Stephen Karam examines the issues in a thoroughly original, brilliantly constructed and thematically compell…

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

“Baghdaddy,” Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

What is the best way of talking about the Middle East? Should plays take a documentary or verbatim approach, all the better to educate and inform, or is there another path, which includes en…

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

‘Enormous contemporary resonance’: 12:37 – Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Julia Pascal is a resourceful theatre-maker who is unafraid of controversy. Her interest in the relationship between the personal and the political, and sympathy with both the victims of the…

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Julia Pascal’s 12:37 at the Finborough Theatre: epic story of Jewish identity from Dublin to Jerusalem by Aleks Sierz

Julia Pascal is a resourceful theatre-maker who is unafraid of being controversial. Her interest in the relationship between the personal and the political, and sympathy with both the victim…

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

‘Powerful account of addiction’: BLACKOUT SONGS – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In his latest, Blackout Songs, a powerful 95-minute two-hander, Joe White uses a flexible structure to represent some excruciating emotional material, and the result gives an almost overwhel…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Joe White’s “Blackout Songs” at Hampstead Theatre: Powerful Account of Mutual Dependency on Drink by Aleks Sierz

Joe White is great at staging fraught emotions. His Mayfly in 2018 vividly showed a family whose members were at the end of their tethers; it also had an intriguingly intelligent form. In hi…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

‘Either way the play does make you feel’: BAGHDADDY – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

At best Baghdaddy at the Royal Court Theatre is a surreal trip into traumatic memory, at its worst it’s a self-indulgent mess. If you think that American crime are worse than Saddam’s yo…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

“The Poltergeist,” Arcola Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Last night, at the Arcola, I witnessed the return of The Poltergeist, Philip Ridley’s blazing one-man show from 2020. It is a terrific piece of writing, a text which is a masterpiece of st…

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Martin Crimp’s Not One of These People at the Royal Court: radical investigation of presence and absence in fiction by Aleks Sierz

Martin Crimp’s Not One of These People at the Royal Court: radical investigation of presence and absence in fiction

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Sudha Bhuchar’s Evening Conversations at the Soho Theatre: A Calmly Intelligent Exploration of Family Identity by Aleks Sierz

Sudha Bhuchar’s Evening Conversations at the Soho Theatre: a calmly intelligent exploration of family identity

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

‘Told with oodles of meta-theatrical wit’: MARVELLOUS – @sohoplace by Aleks Sierz

Nica Burns’ choice of an opening production for @sohoplace is Marvellous, a celebratory bio-drama about Newcastle-under-Lyme’s local legend, the irrepressible Neil “Nello” Baldwin, w…

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

“Ravenscourt,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Therapy is inherently dramatic. After all, it’s all about character — and it has the aim of producing a recognizable change. But who is most affected by the process: client or therapist?…

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Monday, October 10, 2022

‘What you remember is the power of the characters’ emotions’: RAVENSCOURT – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Therapy is inherently dramatic. After all, it’s all about character – and it has the aim of producing a recognisable change. But who is most affected by the process: client or therapist?…

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Friday, September 30, 2022

‘Smoothly watchable’: JEWS. IN THEIR OWN WORDS – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

If you accept the documentary verbatim style of Jews. In Their Own Words at the Royal Court, and don’t mind the lack of any real drama, this is an intelligently crafted and committed piece…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

‘Powerfully switches between the personal & the public’: FOR A PALESTINIAN – Camden People’s Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Identity is the sum of the stories we tell ourselves. Some of these are personal, and some political. Sometimes they blend, sometimes clash. In Aaron Kilercioglu and Bilal Hasna’s excellen…

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Aaron Kilercioglu and Bilal Hasna’s For A Palestinian at Camden People’s Theatre: emotionally intense exploration of identity by Aleks Sierz

Identity is the sum of the stories we tell ourselves. Some of these are personal, and some political. Sometimes they blend, sometimes clash. In Aaron Kilercioglu and Bilal Hasna’s excellen…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

‘Excellent in its writing, staging & acting’: THE P WORD – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Britain is a divided nation, but one of the divisions that we don’t hear that much about is that between Pakistani gay men. Written by Waleed Akhtar (who also stars in this impressively he…

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

‘A moving experience’: SILENCE – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

In Silence at the Donmar Warehouse four British playwrights have adapted Kavita Puri’s book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories in a joint production between Donmar Warehouse and Tara…

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

‘Convincing & urgent’: THE TRIALS – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

In developing The Trials, the Donmar worked with more than 1,300 young people plus a further 200 in workshops at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and National Youth Theatre. Director…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

“Chasing Hares” at the Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

While Britain is experiencing a “summer of discontent”, with inflation, strikes and other conflicts, it is odd that so few plays are as overtly political, and as overtly resonant as Sona…

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

‘Informs, educates & entertains’: ALL OF US – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

If the plotting is predictable, and the story arc unremarkable, the image of life represented is both strongly compassionate and often very pleasurable. In true welfare state style, comedian…

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

About “Dog/Actor” at the Etcetera Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Yesterday evening I went to see Dog/Actor at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. Written by Steven Berkoff, in his instantly recognizable snarling voice, these two short monologues are brillia…

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

‘Inspiring & acutely relevant’: CHASING HARES – Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

With its energetic arguments, moments of great charm, gritty humour, and mix of filth and idealism, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Chasing Hares at the Young Vic is both relevant and contemporary.

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

“The Fellowship.” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

I live in Brixton, south London. A few days ago, the borough’s aptly named Windrush Square hosted events which celebrated the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

“Bangers,” Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is gig theater the latest sugar rush? Okay, it ups the brain’s serotonin levels and charges around your body like a crazy electric current, but amid the joyous nerve reactions does the mus…

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

‘A heartfelt epic play’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

With Windrush Day being 22 June, last week was originally going to be the opening night of Roy Williams’ new Hampstead Theatre play, The Fellowship, until plans had to be changed because L…

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

‘There’s a joyous post-pandemic vibe about this gig’: BANGERS – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Bangers at the Soho Theatre has a fine buzz of the contemporary and a real sympathy for sexual confusion and other experiences such as the loss of a parent.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

“Lotus Beauty,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Theatre is slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic, and many shows which were canceled because of the first lockdown are now finally getting a staging. The latest is Satinder Choh…

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