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Friday, September 14, 2018

An Adventure, Bush Theatre review - epic but flawed by Aleks.sierz

Deeply felt show about love, marriage and migration doesn’t quite work Director Madani Younis, who since 2011 has transformed the Bush Theatre in West London into one of London's most outs…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Woods, Royal Court review - Lesley Sharp triumphs again by Aleks.sierz

Overwhelmingly powerful new play about motherhood and psychological collapse Blackout. Dark, the colour of childhood fear. Black, the colour of despair. Black. No light visible; no colours t…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Holy Shit, Kiln Theatre review - what's in a name? by Aleks.sierz

The old Tricycle Theatre is transformed with a name change and a great opening playHoly shit! After being closed for two long years, the old and battered Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn has been…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Aristocrats, Donmar Warehouse review - fresh but uneven by Aleks.sierz

Anti-naturalistic revival of Brian Friel's elegiac tribute to the Catholic nobility is oddly unemotionalChekhovian is a rather over-used word when it comes to describing some of the lat…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online), Trafalgar Studios review - Geordie chancer comes of age by Aleks.sierz

New monologue about drug dealing on the Dark Web is well written if a bit slightThe Dark Web has an intriguing sound about it. Like something out of JRR Tolkein or JK Rowling, it suggests a …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre review - hilarious but dark, darker, darkest by Aleks.sierz

Alan Bennett's black comedy is a howl against the privatization of deathThe NHS is us. For decades our national identity has been bandaged together with the idea, and reality, of a heal…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Alkaline, Park Theatre review - faith, friendship and failure by Aleks.sierz

Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth Britain is rightly proud of its record on multiculturalism, but whenever cross-cultural couples are shown on f…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Imperium, Gielgud Theatre review - eventful, very eventful, Roman epic by Aleks.sierz

The RSC’s adaptation of Robert Harris’s Cicero books reaches the West EndHistory repeats itself. This much we know. In the 1980s, under a Tory government obsessed with cuts, the big new …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Genesis Inc, Hampstead Theatre review - Harry Enfield in ungodly mess by Aleks.sierz

Huge new play about the fertility industry is rather crudely conceived We are now pretty familiar with the idea that human reproduction (making babies) has been turned into big business, and…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

One for Sorrow, Royal Court review - imploding family drama by Aleks.sierz

Smart and powerful new play about fear, terror and prejudice runs out of steamIt’s the stuff of nightmares. There’s a massive explosion, the sound of smashing glass, falling debris and p…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Monogamy, Park Theatre review - Janie Dee in dark family drama by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about a celebrity chef sometimes sizzles, but leaves a bad taste Forget about dark alleys, deserted parks and slippery slopes: the most dangerous place in the world is likely to b…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Strange Death of John Doe, Hampstead Theatre review - ambitious but not entirely successful by Aleks.sierz

Sympathetic new play about a migrant's death is well staged, but imperfectly writtenRegular air travel is a hassle. All that queuing, all that security, all those hot halls, and then th…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Fatherland, Lyric Hammersmith review - loud and proud, shame about the content by Aleks.sierz

Frantic Assembly’s take on the crisis of masculinity is theatrically exciting but banalMasculinity, whether toxic or in crisis (but never ever problem-free), is a hardy perennial subject f…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Nightfall, Bridge Theatre, review - moving but over-exposed by Aleks.sierz

Sad and intimate play about rural life gets a bit lost in this large theatrePlaywright Barney Norris is as prolific as he is talented. Barely out of his twenties, he has written a series of …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mood Music, Old Vic review - riveting critique of the music biz by Aleks.sierz

Joe ‘Sunny Afternoon’ Penhall’s triumphant new play about the music industry really rocksPlaywright Joe Penhall and the music biz? Well, they have history. When he was writing the book…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Nine Night, National Theatre review - Jamaican family drama full of spirit by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about a West-Indian wake is lively, but a bit undercookedThe good news about so-called black drama on British stages is that it has broken out of its gangland violence ghetto and …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Absolute Hell, National Theatre review - high gloss show saves over-rated classic by Aleks.sierz

Energetic revival of Rodney Ackland’s best play exposes many of its faults Rodney Ackland must be the most well-known forgotten man in postwar British theatre. His legend goes like this: A…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Prudes, Royal Court review - hilarious but frustrating sex show by Aleks.sierz

New two-hander about sex is wise and funny, but fails to achieve a climax Playwright Anthony Neilson has always been fascinated by sex. I mean, who isn’t? But he has made it a central part…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Instructions for Correct Assembly, Royal Court review - Jane Horrocks in Middle England Westworld by Aleks.sierz

New sci-fi drama about suburban perfection lacks the necessary human touch There’s a whole universe which British theatre has yet to explore properly – it’s called the sci-fi imaginati…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pressure, Park Theatre review - David Haig terrific in his own drama by Aleks.sierz

Documentary drama about the weather on the eve of D-Day is a successThere are few things more British than talking about the weather. What makes this play about a meteorologist interesting, …

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Black Men Walking, Royal Court review - inspiring and exhilarating by Aleks.sierz

Yorkshire hikers reclaim the English countryside - and their identitiesIn the same week that Arinzé Kene’s Misty, a play that passionately questions the clichés of plays about black Brit…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Great Wave, National Theatre review - moving epic of global loss by Aleks.sierz

Brilliant, and epic, new thriller about Japanese citizens abducted by North KoreaYou could call it an absence of yellow. Until very recently British theatre has been pretty poor at represent…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Humble Boy, Orange Tree Theatre review - love, death and science in Middle England by Aleks.sierz

★★★★ HUMBLE BOY, ORANGE TREE Spirited revival of Charlotte Jones's 2001 hit buzzes with funSpirited revival of Charlotte Jones's 2001 hit buzzes with funGood programming is an a…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Humble Boy, Orange Tree Theatre review - love, death and science in Middle England by Aleks.sierz

Spirited revival of Charlotte Jones's 2001 hit buzzes with funGood programming is an art, and Paul Miller – artistic director of the Orange Tree Theatre – is clearly on a continuous…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Best Man, Playhouse Theatre review - Gore Vidal’s plodding presidential drama by Aleks.sierz

★★★ THE BEST MAN, PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman fail to heat up chilly political thrillerMartin Shaw and Maureen Lipman fail to heat up chilly political thriller Is …

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The Best Man, Playhouse Theatre review - Gore Vidal’s plodding presidential drama by Aleks.sierz

Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman fail to heat up chilly political thriller Is it possible to get too much of American politics? With Donald Trump’s daily tweets invading our digital space, a…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Frozen, Haymarket Theatre review - star cast explores the reality of evil by Aleks.sierz

★★★★ FROZEN, HAYMARKET THEATRE Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya examine human darknessSuranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya convincingly examine human darknessWh…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Frozen, Haymarket Theatre review - star cast explores the reality of evil by Aleks.sierz

Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya convincingly examine human darknessWhatever the weather, this week is Frozen. On Broadway, the Disney musical of that name begins previews, but …

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Angry, Southwark Playhouse review – wondrously roaring Ridleyland by Aleks.sierz

★★★★ ANGRY, SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE Six monologues about extreme emotions offer trips to outer space and dystopiaSix monologues about extreme emotions offer trips to outer space and dyst…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Angry, Southwark Playhouse review – wondrously roaring Ridleyland by Aleks.sierz

Six monologues about extreme emotions offer trips to outer space and dystopiaMonologues are very much the flavour of the start of this theatrical year. At the Royal Court, we have Carey Mull…

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Girls & Boys, Royal Court review - Carey Mulligan is stunningly brilliant by Aleks.sierz

Dennis Kelly’s remarkable new monologue is a terrific experienceThis is Carey Mulligan week. She appears, improbably enough, as a hard-nosed cop in David Hare’s BBC thriller Collateral, …

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