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Sunday, April 5, 2020

‘A story about isolation has a particular resonance’: THE CROFT – Original Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

This touring theatre's new tartan gothic thriller is complex, but also a bit overwrought and conventional.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

“The Claim” at The Shoreditch Town Hall by Aleks Sierz

Your story. Our story. Their story. Just imagine: you’re a political refugee, and, having experienced horrible things that happened to your family, you finally, after a lot of trouble, arr…

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

‘Many good debating points here’: BUBBLE – Theatre Uncut (Online Review) by Aleks Sierz

Theatre Uncut’s Bubble, a streamed film about social media and the woke generation is educational, but unexceptional.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

“I Think We Are Alone” at Theatre Royal Stratford East by Aleks Sierz

Once-radical theatre companies are increasingly celebrating anniversaries, as if to say, hey, look, we’re still here. Now it’s the turn of Frantic Assembly to mark its 25th anniversary w…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

“The Special Relationship” at Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Since 2000, Esther Baker’s Synergy Theatre Project has worked with prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending to produce powerful dramas about some of the most fraught s…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Text of the Day: I Think We Are Alone by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

‘A powerful account of female middle-class anxieties in Britain today’: SHOE LADY – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Shoe Lady at the Royal Court is not the most involving play in the world, but it does have an evocative resonance.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

‘Has some watchable, even intriguing, moments’: CORPSE! – Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Gerald Moon’s 1983 comedy-thriller, Corpse!, is a typical example of a style of writing about murder that is entertaining in its plotting, but offers little else of dramatic pleasure.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

‘Stories that have the compelling power of truth’: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

A verbatim piece about the subject of transatlantic deportation, The Special Relationship is a well researched, strongly contemporary piece.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Text of the Day: The Haystack by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Text of the Day: Pass Over by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Gerald Moon’s “Corpse!” at the Park Theatre: Comedy Thriller In A Tight Spot by Aleks Sierz

The idea of the perfect murder is a genre standard. The fantasy that you are so intellectually gifted that you could use a supremely clever scheme to bump off an enemy, or make a fortune, is…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sally Abbott’s “I Think We Are Alone” at Theatre Royal Stratford East: Coolly Controlled Study of Loneliness by Aleks Sierz

Once radical theatre companies are increasingly celebrating anniversaries, as if to say, hey, look, we’re still here. Now it’s the turn of Frantic Assembly to mark its 25th anniversary w…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

‘Great play, great revival’: THE CLAIM – Shoreditch Town Hall by Aleks Sierz

In the era of Brexit, and the government’s new immigration proposals, Tim Cowbury’s The Claim feels suddenly even more relevant.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Churchill’s “Far Away” at The Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

Caryl Churchill, Britain’s best living playwright, is enjoying a spate of high-profile revivals of her classic work. Last year, the National Theatre staged her Top Girls, and an upcoming p…

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Text of the Day: Endgame by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tim Cowbury’s “The Claim” at Shoreditch Town Hall: Quietly Satirical Account of Political Asylum by Aleks Sierz

Your story. Our story. Their story. Just imagine: you’re a political refugee, and, having experienced horrible things that happened to your family, you finally, after a lot of trouble, arr…

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‘This is the fiercest account of racism on the London stage’: PASS OVER – Kiln Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Despite its absurdist style, Pass Over is a political play whose message is indisputable. The evening is a powerful mixture of male camaraderie, brutality and almost casual defiance.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

‘Feels particularly timely’: A NUMBER – Bridge Theatre by Aleks Sierz

If the intimate play A Number feels a bit lost in the vast space of the Bridge, the performances are big enough to give it the required punch.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Caryl Churchill’s “A Number” at the Bridge Theatre: Family Drama About Genetic Manipulation by Aleks Sierz

Genetic engineering is in the news again. This follows the resignation of Andrew Sabisky as special advisor to Boris Johnson after a twitter storm about his comments on race and intelligence…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Text of the Day: Death of England by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

“The Welkin” at The National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

History plays should perform a delicate balancing act: they have to tell us something worth knowing about the past, that foreign country where they do things differently, and also something …

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Monday, February 17, 2020

About “The Importance Of Being Earnest” by Aleks Sierz

Last week, I went for the first time to Stoke Newington’s Tower Theatre, whose company has since 2018 been putting on a repertory program, which is inclusive and ambitious, on the outer r…

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Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” at the Old Vic: Starry Cast Tackle Modernist Classic by Aleks Sierz

No playwright has had greater influence on successive generations of theatre-makers than Samuel Beckett. Yet it is surprising how rarely his work is revived in the big London theatres, of wh…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Text of the Day: The Welkin by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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‘A beautifully imagined fantastical catastrophe’: FAR AWAY – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

This well-focused revival of Caryl Churchill’s, brief dystopic classic Far Away is vivid but frankly unexceptional.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Brexit Revisited by Aleks Sierz

“Fetch me ’ammer.” (Edward Bond, Saved) “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” (Bertolt Brecht) A couple of years ago, our family got a new …

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‘Timely & relevant drama’: THE HAYSTACK – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

If neither newspapers nor intelligence services will lose sleep over the way Blyth represents them, The Haystack is insightful enough to be a contemporary state-of-the-nation parable.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Al Blyth’s “The Haystack” at the Hampstead Theatre: Not Entirely Believable Surveillance Thriller by Aleks Sierz

Total surveillance: this is the idea that every moment of our waking existence can be spied upon by the state, or by some foreign country. It’s a paranoid notion based on the huge growth o…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

“The Sugar Syndrome” at The Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Your sweet tooth can get you into trouble. Lots of trouble. In this revival of Lucy Prebble’s provocative debut, first staged at the Royal Court in 2003, the metaphor of sugar, and of the …

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‘Highly entertaining & definitely disturbing’: DEATH OF ENGLAND – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

A new monologue about rage, racism and national identity, Death of England at the National Theatre is magnificent in its fury and perception.

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