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Friday, February 14, 2020

The High Table, Bush Theatre review - party on in Lagos and London by Aleks.sierz

New debut play is a heartfelt account of the black lesbian experience Queer people of colour face a double discrimination: racism and homophobia. Against this sickness of negation and stupid…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Far Away, Donmar Warehouse review - one for the devotees by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Caryl Churchill's brief dystopic classic is vivid but unexceptional Caryl Churchill, Britain's best living playwright, is enjoying a spate of high-profile revivals of her classic …

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Death of England, National Theatre review - furious but fabulous by Aleks.sierz

New monologue about rage, racism and national identity is simply magnificent Is this an angry island? Although the British national character (if there is such a thing) has traditionally be…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Sugar Syndrome, Orange Tree Theatre review - pushing empathy to the limit by Aleks.sierz

Excellent revival of Lucy Prebble's disturbing debut play about illegal desire Your sweet tooth can get you into trouble. Lots of trouble. In this revival of Lucy Prebble's provocative debut…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Welkin, National Theatre review - women's labour is a pain by Aleks.sierz

Maxine Peake struggles to make the voice of reason heard in feminist history play History plays should perform a delicate balancing act: they have to tell us something worth knowing about th…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court review - feminist separatism 2.0 by Aleks.sierz

New play about female friendship is refreshingly original and dazzlingly exciting Tonight, I discovered the gasp index. Or maybe just re-dicovered. The what? The gasp index. It's when you se…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Les Misérables, Sondheim Theatre review - join in our crusade by Aleks.sierz

New blood courses through the West End's longest-running musical Do you hear the people sing? In recent months, you're more likely to have heard news stories about the longest running West …

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Snowflake, Kiln Theatre review - strong but clumsy generational war by Aleks.sierz

Mike Bartlett's Christmas cracker goes with a bang - eventually The prolific Mike Bartlett – from whose pen have leapt television series such as Doctor Foster and Press, as well as stage h…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Kind of People, Royal Court review - multiculturalism falls apart by Aleks.sierz

Family tragedy is emotionally powerful but incomplete and unsatisfying The trouble with prejudice is that you can't control how other people see you. At the start of her career, playwright G…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Cyrano de Bergerac, Playhouse Theatre review - James McAvoy triumphant by Aleks.sierz

Magnificent makeover of the French classic - a jaw-dropping success Actor James McAvoy is much in demand: in the BBC's His Dark Materials he is busy saving a parallel world, while in the poe…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Midnight Movie, Royal Court review - sleepless and digital by Aleks.sierz

New autobiographical play about night thoughts on bodies real and digital Eve Leigh is an experimental playwright who has tackled difficult issues for more than a decade. Yet most members of…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Arrival, Bush Theatre review - boys will definitely be boys by Aleks.sierz

Director Bijan Sheibani turns playwright in a fine two-hander about family Family dramas are a staple of British new writing, but as well as talking about our nearest and dearest, can they …

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Touching the Void, Duke of York's Theatre review - not quite high enough by Aleks.sierz

David Greig's much-lauded mountaineering story doesn't quite peak Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988, mo…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sydney & the Old Girl, Park Theatre review - black comedy too melodramatic by Aleks.sierz

Family drama is occasionally entertaining, but too dark for its own good Actor Miriam Margolyes is a phenomenon. Not only has this Dickensian starred in high-profile shows both here and in A…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

On Bear Ridge, Royal Court review - Rhys Ifans's tragicomic masterclass by Aleks.sierz

First Ed Thomas play for 15 years is a post-apocalyptic metaphor-fest Memory involves places, people, things and words, especially words. This abstract proposition is given knotty life in We…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Botticelli in the Fire, Hampstead Theatre review - history mash up burns bright by Aleks.sierz

Jordan Tannahill's queering of Renaissance art is riotously vulgar and unapologetic Botticelli is a household name, but who knows the true story behind his most famous painting? The painter'…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

[Blank], Donmar Warehouse review - strong but dispiriting by Aleks.sierz

Alice Birch's new play prioritizes form over content, and is depressingly reactionary Clean Break, the theatre company that specializes in working with women in the criminal justice system,…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court review - feminist dreams and passions by Aleks.sierz

New lecture about British imperialism is energetically engaging, but rather slender Sabrina Mahfouz is a British-Egyptian writer who has explored issues of Muslim and British identity in var…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre review - break, break, breaking Gadd by Aleks.sierz

Provocative one-man show about a stalker by stand-up comedian Richard Gadd is darkly exciting True stories, even in a fictional form, have the power to grip you by the throat, furiously shak…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Trafalgar Studios review - tragi-comic masterpiece by Aleks.sierz

Sharp revival of Peter Nichols's taboo-busting fantasia is magnificent Playwright Peter Nichols died aged 92 last month, just before the opening of this starry West End revival of his most c…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., Royal Court review - still experimental after all these years by Aleks.sierz

Caryl Churchill's latest offering is wonderfully bright and incisively perceptive At the age of 81, Caryl Churchill, Britain's greatest living playwright, is still going strong. Her latest i…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Two Ladies, Bridge Theatre review - Cvitešić and Wanamaker really rock by Aleks.sierz

Excellent acting in a play that tickles the senses by morphing from one genre to another Are first ladies second-class citizens? Do they always have to stand behind their husbands? What are …

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The King of Hell’s Palace, Hampstead Theatre review - Chinese scandal freezes the blood by Aleks.sierz

New docu-drama about a distressing case of 1990s corruption and cover-up New artistic directors are popping up all over British theatre. Every week seems to usher in a refreshingly new talen…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre review - music, sweet, sweet music by Aleks.sierz

Lively gig theatre revival of a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience Identity politics has been around for decades. One of the great things about the Bush Theatre in West London is …

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, Royal Court review - brilliant meta-theatrical experience by Aleks.sierz

Experimental exploration of belief and determinism is touched by genius Playwright and performer Tim Crouch is one of Britain's most innovative creatives, with a big back catalogue of chall…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hansard, National Theatre review - starry argument ends poorly by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about the parliamentary ruling class is timely, but ultimately unsatisfying In the current feverish atmosphere at Westminster, with arguments about Brexit becoming increasingly sh…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Doctor, Almeida Theatre review - Robert Icke's long goodbye by Aleks.sierz

Juliet Stevenson is brilliant in an ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging After six years, associate director Robert Icke bids farewell to the Almeida Theatre. In this time h…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Go Bang Your Tambourine, Finborough Theatre review - out-dated and long-winded by Aleks.sierz

Rare Philip King play turns a farce into a serious drama - and it doesn't work Theatre legends die hard. Playwright Philip King, who passed away in 1979, was once hailed as the monarch of th…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright by Aleks.sierz

Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece One of the glories of contemporary London theatre is its revivals of classic American drama. Year after year, a…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Royal Court review - memes, memories and meanings by Aleks.sierz

Bright new two-hander about an internet troll is intelligent, provocative and funny Few theatres have done as much to promote new young talent as the Royal Court; few theatres have done as m…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rust, Bush Theatre review - slender yet invigorating by Aleks.sierz

New play about an extramarital affair is short, but emotionally truthful The best kind of two-hander is the play about couples. And the most dramatic way of saying something about relationsh…

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