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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,

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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…

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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…

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

“Oleanna,” Arts Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Before seeing this play, I decided to eat a steak. I thought I needed some extra strength. And it seems exactly the right culinary equivalent to David Mamet, one of America’s most provocat…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

‘Just a bit too educational to be truly pleasurable’: CHANGING DESTINY – Young Vic Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The Young Vic’s main stage reopens with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri’s short play Changing Destiny, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

‘Fine attention to emotional detail’: OLEANNA – Arts Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The great thing about Lucy Bailey’s 80-minute production of Oleanna is its sense of balance. And I have to say that it changed my mind about the power balance in the drama.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

‘Able to jump from silliness to seriousness in mid-sentence’: LAST EASTER – Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks Sierz

By the end of Orange Tree Theatre’s production of Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter the certainty that friendship and love are life’s true miracles is quietly and effectively realised.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

‘A gem of a two-hander’: CONSTELLATIONS – Vaudeville Theatre by Aleks Sierz

I finally caught up with Michael Longhurst’s restaging of his 2012 Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations, a gem of a two-hander.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

About “Outside In” by Aleks Sierz

With many theatres now reopening again, it is surely a good moment to celebrate all those venues which managed to stage live shows in the past few months — often in very stressful circumst…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

About “Sweatbox” and “Blis-ta” by Aleks Sierz

Although some theatres are tentatively reopening, the creative vigor of other companies is undimmed. Clean Break, which works with women in the criminal justice system, has recently released…

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

“Harm” at The Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

After months (and months) of watching theatre on screens large, medium, small and tiny, I definitely feel great about going to see a live show again. Of course, it’s not the usual theatre …

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

‘Equally impressive’: SWEATBOX / BLIS-TA – Clean Break (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Although some theatres are tentatively reopening, the creative vigour of other companies like Clean Break is undimmed.

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About “The Elephant in the Room” by Aleks Sierz

Online performance, streamed instead of attended, has given theatre companies an immense amount of flexibility. Suddenly, the digital world offers all kinds of different freedoms. A good exa…

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

‘It’s good but unexceptional’: WALDEN – Harold Pinter Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Amy Berryman’s ambitious debut play Walden about siblings, climate change and space travel is full of ideas, but what happened to the emotions?

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Monday, May 31, 2021

“Tarantula” at the Southwark Playhouse by Aleks Sierz

I think I can safely say that polymath playwright Philip Ridley has had a good lockdown. In March last year, when The Beast of Blue Yonder, his new show for Southwark Playhouse, was closed d…

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

‘A smart & sassy study of loneliness & obsession’: HARM – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Harm, which has already been screened on BBC Four with Leanne Best, is a new monologue by Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell and now the one-woman show stars Kelly Gough…

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

About “Saving Britney”: Prologue by Aleks Sierz

Uncertainty can sometimes provoke creativity. When the opening of Shereen Roushbaiani’s one-woman show, Saving Britney, at the Old Red Lion theatre was cancelled in January, its creators D…

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Monday, April 26, 2021

About “Mum. Can You Hear Me?” by Aleks Sierz

Over the past year we’ve become used to a variety of home theatre: recordings of live performances, streamed shows, online films. But I haven’t really explored much sonic theatre, those …

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Mark Ravenhill’s “Angela” on The Sound Stage by Aleks Sierz

Does a subjective theatre piece encourage a subjective critical response? I think it might, especially when it’s a memory play about dementia, so here goes: First I turn off the lights, th…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

‘A dark masterpiece’: THE SEPARATION – Living Record Productions (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The camera can take you to places where the naked eye rarely goes. Like close. Very close. Close up. And then some. This is exemplified by Fraser Watson’s brilliant filming of The Separati…

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

‘Thoughtful, punky & fun’: SAVING BRITNEY: PROLOGUE – Old Red Lion Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Uncertainty can sometimes provoke creativity. When the opening of Shereen Roushbaiani’s one-woman show, Saving Britney, at the Old Red Lion theatre was cancelled in January, its creators D…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Moving moments as well as violent ones’: ANGELA – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Mark Ravenhill’s new play Angela is a fragmentary sonic autobiography, both tender and occasionally fraught.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

‘This really is a great adaptation’: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

This film version of the Oscar Wilde classic The Picture of Dorian Gray is a brilliant critique of the digital age.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

‘A musical & historical love letter to the city of Sheffield’: THE BAND PLAYS ON – Sheffield Theatres (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The Band Played On, the latest show from Chris Bush, is a tuneful celebration of stoicism, resilience and humour.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

“Typical” at The Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

As the events of last year made clear, the police have a problem with race on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, BAME people are more than twice as likely to die in police custody while …

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

‘Disturbing, moving & eloquent in its brilliant advocacy’: TYPICAL – Soho Theatre (Online theatre) by Aleks Sierz

Typical, a film version of a powerfully poetic and painful 2019 monologue about institutional racism, is brilliant.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

“Shook” by Samuel Bailey at Papatango by Aleks Sierz

Film is the new theatre — this we know, but does the distance imposed by the change of medium increase or decrease the impact of the story? The latest example of this problematic switch fr…

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre