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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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Saturday, February 8, 2020

‘The satisfying bleakness of the text is allowed to breathe’: ENDGAME – Old Vic by Aleks Sierz

A star cast led by Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Cumming and Jane Horrocks make light work of the Beckett classic Endgame.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Text of the Day: You Stupid Darkness! 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 5, 2020

“Scenes with Girls” at The Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

Tonight, I discovered the gasp index. Or maybe just re-discovered. The what? The gasp index. It’s when you see a show that keeps making you exhale, sometimes audibly, sometimes quietly. Li…

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Text of the Day: The Sugar Syndrome 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 4, 2020

“Les Misérables” at Sondheim Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Do you hear the people sing? In recent months, you’re more likely to have heard news stories about the longest running West End musical than the actual music. Stephen Sondheim — who cele…

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‘Will surely soon be a contemporary classic’: THE GIFT – Theatre Royal Stratford East & Touring by Aleks Sierz

New touring play The Gift from Eclipse is a wonderfully complex and emotionally powerful account of race and Empire.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Text of the Day: Les Misérables 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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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Bard or Blockbuster by Aleks Sierz

Theatre is a business as well as a craft. And surveys about theatre often have a business side to them. So a recent survey about how many Shakespeare quotations members of the general public…

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‘Written with intelligence, vigour & energy’: THE SUGAR SYNDROME – Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Excellent revival of Lucy Prebble’s disturbing debut play The Sugar Syndrome about loneliness, the internet and illegal desire.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Janice Okoh’s “The Gift” at the Theatre Royal Stratford East: Complex and Powerful Account of Race and Empire by Aleks Sierz

Queen Victoria is a strong symbol of the old British Empire. For some 200 years, up to the 1950s, the country’s colonial history dominated the national mindset, and arguably we still live …

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Text of the Day: Scenes with Girls 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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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘It’s hard to be sure exactly what the play is saying’: THE WELKIN – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Maxine Peake struggles to make the voice of reason heard in the rather reactionary feminist history play The Welkin at the National Theatre.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

‘A gob-smacking vitality & originality’: SCENES WITH GIRLS – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Scenes with Girls at the Royal Court is like an exciting blast of fresh air blowing through the often stale world of contemporary new writing.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Never really catches fire’: YOU STUPID DARKNESS! – Southwark Playhouse by Aleks Sierz

A new play about optimism, You Stupid Darkness! is compassionate in conception, but repetitive and frustrating in performance.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

“Snowflake” at The Kiln Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The prolific Mike Bartlett — from whose pen have leaped television series such as Doctor Foster and Press, as well as stage hits such as King Charles III — has two things to celebrate …

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“Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis” at The Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The 1990s were a great decade for new writing, but although the story of those years is often told as the rise and rise of in-yer-face playwrights — such as Philip Ridley, Anthony Neilson,…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sam Steiner’s “You Stupid Darkness!” at the Southwark Playhouse: Unconvincing Post-Apocalyptic Office Fantasy by Aleks Sierz

Turn on the news. Go on. No? Okay, switch on the radio. Why not? Oh, I see, because the news is always bad. Yeah, I know what you mean. All those stories about how we’re doomed because of …

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Text of the Day: The Tyler Sisters 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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Saturday, January 18, 2020

‘There is little point in denying its political punch’: LES MISÉRABLES – Sondheim Theatre by Aleks Sierz

New blood courses through the veins of the West End’s longest-running musical Les Misérables.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Alexandra Wood’s “The Tyler Sisters” at the Hampstead Theatre: The Future Is Female In Epic Family Saga by Aleks Sierz

What has Saint Augustine of Hippo got to do with new writing? At first sight, not very much. That is, until you read Alan Burdick’s elegant program note to Alexandra Wood’s latest play, …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

‘A slender but quite powerful piece’: THE GIRL WITH GLITTER IN HER EYE – Bunker Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The pleasures of The Girl with Glitter in Her Eye — its acting, music and shadow images especially — do make up for some of the banality of the writing.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

“Cyrano De Bergerac” at The Playhouse Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Actor James McAvoy is much in demand: in the BBC’s His Dark Materials he is busy saving a parallel world, while in the poetic universe of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac he is ta…

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

“Touching the Void” at The Duke of York’s Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988, mountaineer Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void has apparently sold mo…

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“A Kind of People” at The Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

The trouble with prejudice is that you can’t control how other people see you. At the start of her career, playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s work was set in her own Sikh community. But, …

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