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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

All My Sons, Old Vic review - starry but disappointingly uneven by Aleks.sierz

Arthur Miller's classic family drama has one outstanding performance - and one dud Superstar Sally Field has come to town. With two academy awards and countless other accolades, the actor wh…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre review - middle of the road with flashes of magic by Aleks.sierz

Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke About a year ago, director Rebecca Frecknall electrified this venue with an award-winning revival of Tennessee William…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

A German Life, Bridge Theatre review - Maggie Smith triumphs again by Aleks.sierz

This memoir of a Berlin secretary in the Nazi era is the theatre event of the year Maggie Smith is not only a national treasure, but every casting director's go-to old bat. Now 84 years you…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Pah-La, Royal Court review - complex ideas, wild storytelling by Aleks.sierz

New play about the freedom struggle in Tibet is a bit too unclear for its own good Theatre can give a voice to the voiceless — but at what cost? Abhishek Majumdar, who debuted at the Roya…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Top Girls, National Theatre review - dazzlingly perceptive classic by Aleks.sierz

Enjoyable high-definition revival of Caryl Churchill's 1982 feminist classic Caryl Churchill is a phenomenal artist. Not only has she written a huge body of work, but each play differs in bo…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Barbican Theatre review - Cillian Murphy soars and sweeps by Aleks.sierz

Adaptation of Max Porter's contemporary classic gets the big-stage treatment Wow, what a collection of talent: this show stars Peaky Blinder Cillian Murphy, and Enda Walsh's adaptation, Grie…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Phlebotomist, Hampstead Theatre review - thought-provoking dystopian thriller by Aleks.sierz

Resonant new play about genetics is well-written and excitingly staged Contemporary British theatre loves time travel — and not just to the past. It also enjoys imagining the future, espec…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre review - shouting for change by Aleks.sierz

Triumphant, if crude, West End transfer of a heartfelt account of a Renaissance woman Emilia Bassano Lanier is not a household name. But maybe she should be. Born in 1569, she was one of the…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Alys, Always, Bridge Theatre review - mildly perverse but rather dispiriting by Aleks.sierz

Adaptation of Harriet Lane's psychological and satirical bestseller never quite takes off Okay, so this is the play that will be remembered for the character names that have unusual spellin…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Inside Bitch, Royal Court review - brave, hilarious yet very slender by Aleks.sierz

New show about representations of women's prisons in the media is fun but pointless Dear Clean Break, Thank you very much for your latest, called Inside Bitch, a show which is billed as "a p…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Son, Kiln Theatre review - darkly tragic by Aleks.sierz

The final part of Florian Zeller's domestic trilogy is powerfully melodramatic Well, you have to give it to French playwright Florian Zeller — he's certainly cracked the problem of coming …

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, Lyric Hammersmith review - enchanting graphic novel by Aleks.sierz

★★★★★ THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS, LYRIC HAMMERSMITH 1927 theatre company returns with its classic hit show 1927 theatre company returns with its classic hit show…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Equus, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - thrilling physicality by Aleks.sierz

★★★★ EQUUS, THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST Thrilling physicality Brilliant revival of the 1970s classic about pagan worship and repressed sexuality There is no doubt that Peter Shaffer…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Superhoe, Royal Court review - smart, sassy, and full of feeling by Aleks.sierz

Bright new monologue about coming of age in the Instagram era really rocksTitles matter: they send out messages. So, in the current #MeToo climate, isn't it a bit provocative that there's a …

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Unreturning, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - hymn to home by Aleks.sierz

Frantic Assembly's latest is a moving meditation on war and masculinity Nadia Fall is a good thing. Her appointment as the artistic director of this venue, with her first season having …

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Approaching Empty, Kiln Theatre review - more mini cab than Uber by Aleks.sierz

New play about a cab office fails to find its accelerator pedalWrite what you know, says the adage, and that's exactly what playwright Ishy Din has done with his new play, Approaching Empty,…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Convert, Young Vic review - Africa's electric cry for justice by Aleks.sierz

Thrilling revival of Danai Gurira's 2012 play about Chistianity and imperialismWow! First, the Black Panther team took cinema by storm; now, they have conquered theatre as well. Or, at …

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Cane, Royal Court review - hey teacher, leave them kids alone by Aleks.sierz

Mark Ravenhill's comeback play is a brilliant account of the abuse of powerPlaywright Mark Ravenhill, who shot to fame in 1996 with his in-yer-face shocker Shopping and Fucking, has bee…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hole, Royal Court review - anger is not quite enough by Aleks.sierz

Short new play from actor Ellie Kendrick is full of ferocity, but lacks originalityActor Ellie Kendrick is a familiar face on television, but it's only as a writer that she reveals the depth…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Hoes, Hampstead Theatre review - sex and drink and grime by Aleks.sierz

Girls just wanna have fun in the sun - smart, funny but slender debut playBecause of the #MeToo movement, and the revival of feminist protest, the theme of sisterhood now has a much stronger…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

White Teeth, Kiln Theatre review - tuneless hymn to Kilburn High Road by Aleks.sierz

Imaginative adaptation of Zadie Smith's 2000 classic let down by unnecessary musicYou can see why artistic director Indhu Rubasingham chose to stage this version of Zadie Smith's classi…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ear for Eye, Royal Court review - powerful and passionate anti-racism by Aleks.sierz

New epic compares the experience of black people in the US and the UKTwo countries; two histories. Being black in the US; being black in the UK. Compare and contrast. Which is exactly what d…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Bridge Theatre review - black comedy falls flat by Aleks.sierz

Martin McDonagh's latest is poorly written and lacking in imagination It's all in the title, isn't it? Martin McDonagh's surreal new play comes with a warning that not only screams its …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Stories, National Theatre review - comic conception capers by Aleks.sierz

Nina Raine's follow-up to her very big hit Consent is often funny but rarely deepIn 2017, playwright Nina Raine's Consent, an excellent National Theatre play about lawyers and rape vict…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I'm Not Running, National Theatre review - puzzling political drama by Aleks.sierz

David Hare’s latest is set in an alternative reality that is more 2008 than 2018Whatever you might think about Brexit, the dreaded B word, the current climate certainly seems to be reinvig…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Sweet Science of Bruising, Southwark Playhouse review - boxing clever by Aleks.sierz

Victorian pugilistic drama: thoroughly heartfelt, highly original and completely timelyThere are not that many plays about sport, but, whether you gamble on results or not, you can bet that …

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pack of Lies, Menier Chocolate Factory review - suburban spy story by Aleks.sierz

Cold War surveillance drama is interesting, but can't quite conceal its ageWe do love our spy stories, don't we? The idea of betrayal, both political and personal, seems to be a strong …

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Poet in da Corner, Royal Court review - mind-blowing energy plus plus plus by Aleks.sierz

Semi-autobiographical coming of age story jumps to the sounds of grimeThere was once a time when grime music was very angry, and very threatening, but that seems a long time ago now. Today, …

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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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