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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Citysong, Soho Theatre review - big writing, big heart by Aleks.sierz

A poetic journey through time and space in Dublin is beautifully written Irish playwright Dylan Coburn Gray's new play won the Verity Bargate Award in 2017, and his reward is a fine product…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wife, Kiln Theatre review - queer epic is joyful and intense by Aleks.sierz

Decade-hopping story about sexual identity also celebrates the art of theatre In one lifetime, the many loves that once dare not speak their names have become part of everyday chatter. But i…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rutherford and Son, National Theatre review - authentic northern tale by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Githa Sowerby's 1912 classic of industrial patriarchy is worthy but inaccessible Githa Sowerby is the go-to playwright if you want a feminist slant on patriarchy in the industrial…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone by Aleks.sierz

Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history Stasiland is a fascinating mental space. As a historical location, the former East Germany, or G…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

salt., Royal Court review - revisiting the Atlantic slave trade by Aleks.sierz

One woman's journey to explore the slave trade is both personal and provocative Most of the facts about the Atlantic slave trade are well known; what is less easily understood is how history…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

White Pearl, Royal Court review - comic racial stereotypes by Aleks.sierz

New satire about the cosmetics industry and race is only mildly funny Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone's commitment to staging a diversity of new voices is very laudable, and with White …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Small Island, National Theatre review - fun epic takes ages to warm up by Aleks.sierz

Stage version of Andrea Levy's classic Windrush story is too pedestrian Novelist Andrea Levy's 2004 masterpiece, Small Island, is a tribute to the Windrush Generation, those migrants to Eng…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jude, Hampstead Theatre review - Greek tragedy for today by Aleks.sierz

New tragi-comedy about a Syrian refugee's Oxford dreams is just too gnomic Edward Hall bids farewell this venue, where he has been artistic director since 2010, with this production of a new…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Half God of Rainfall, Kiln Theatre review - titanic war of the gods by Aleks.sierz

Poetic two-hander combines epic myth, family relationships and gender politics If British theatre often seems to lack ambition, the same cannot be said of The Half God of Rainfall, a galaxy-…

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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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