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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Baghdaddy, Royal Court review – Middle-Eastern magic realism by Aleks.sierz

New play about an Iraqi exile and his daughter is strong if a bit messy What is the best way of talking about the Middle East? Should plays take a documentary or verbatim approach, all the b…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:54PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Sex Party, Menier Chocolate Factory review – disappointing detumescence by Aleks.sierz

Terry Johnson returns with a sex comedy that is neither sexy nor funny In the past, playwright Terry Johnson has mixed sex and comedy with hilarious results. His Freudian farce, Hysteria, a…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:36PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Super High Resolution, Soho Theatre review - the NHS at breaking point by Aleks.sierz

New play about a junior doctor on the edge is powerful and moving Every day there is bad news about the NHS — junior doctors are exhausted, nurses need foodbanks and the stats are hitting…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:32PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Mary, Hampstead Theatre review - compelling study of power politics by Aleks.sierz

New play about the Queen of Scots is a bit wordy, but well worth it Scottish playwright Rona Munro is both prolific and ambitious. After her trilogy of historical dramas, The James Plays, w…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:36PM
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Martin Crimp: ‘stripping naked the process of making theatre’ – interview by Aleks.sierz

The playwright talks about his latest play, Not One of These People, which he is performing himself, and about digital creativity and constraints on authorship The fictional world is our wo…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:55AM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Marvellous, @sohoplace review - silly, singular and sentimental by Aleks.sierz

New West End theatre opens with a bio-drama that is joyful silly - but a bit relentless Opening a theatre should be a celebration, says Nica Burns, the West End power behind this new theatre…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:19PM
Friday, October 7, 2022

Ravenscourt, Hampstead Theatre review – strong, but slender by Aleks.sierz

New play about therapy is powerfully emotional, but sadly predictable Therapy is inherently dramatic. After all, it’s all about character — and it has the aim of producing a recognizable…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:03PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Jews. In Their Own Words, Royal Court review – calling out ancient prejudice by Aleks.sierz

After its antisemitic blunder a year ago, this venue makes amends What is the Royal Court theatre for? Is it a space that stages innovative new writing, or does it prefer to do documentary t…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:37PM
Friday, September 16, 2022

The P Word, Bush Theatre review - persecution and pride by Aleks.sierz

Two-hander about a contrasting pair of gay Pakistanis is beautifully wrought Britain is a divided nation, but one of the divisions that we don’t hear that much about is that between Pakist…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:07PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Silence, Donmar Warehouse review - documenting disaster by Aleks.sierz

Dramatization of Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices is moving and compelling Partition equals trauma. It cannot have escaped anyone’s attention that the British Empire’s solution to intrac…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:37PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Trials, Donmar Warehouse review – chillingly compelling by Aleks.sierz

A jury of young people hold their elders to account for climate change Dystopian theatre takes many forms — but this is the first which is a jury-room drama. Dawn King has previously expl…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:03PM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

All of Us, National Theatre review – revelatory, but problematic by Aleks.sierz

Francesca Martinez’s debut play about disability politics entertains – and frustrates Has the pandemic made us more angry? Although Francesca Martinez’s debut play, which is at the Nat…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:07PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Chasing Hares, Young Vic review - militant mix of politics and fantasy by Aleks.sierz

New award-winning political play is warmly idealistic, if a bit too obvious While Britain is experiencing a "summer of discontent", with inflation, strikes and other conflicts, it is odd th…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:24PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Fellowship, Hampstead Theatre review - strong clashes, too little drama by Aleks.sierz

Roy Williams’s latest is a tribute to the children of the Windrush generation I live in Brixton, south London. A few days ago, the borough’s aptly named Windrush Square hosted events whi…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:03PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bangers, Soho Theatre review - sizzling gig theatre by Aleks.sierz

Loving account of two couples is perceptive, but a bit slender Is gig theatre the latest sugar rush? Okay, it ups the brain’s serotonin levels and charges around your body like a crazy el…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:18PM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

That Is Not Who I Am, Royal Court review – gimmicky post-truth spoof by Aleks.sierz

Lucy Kirkwood’s new play is depressingly cynical in form and content What is the shelf life of a theatre gimmick? In April, the Royal Court announced that they were going to stage a debut …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:18PM
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Lotus Beauty, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review – uneasy mix of comedy and tragedy by Aleks.sierz

Tamasha play about a Punjabi family-run salon could do with a makeover Theatre is slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic — and many shows which were cancelled because of the f…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:48PM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Middle, National Theatre review - a bit of a muddle by Aleks.sierz

David Eldridge’s follow up to his 2017 hit, ‘Beginning’, is disappointing The traditional, and much derided, well-made play is meant to have a beginning, middle and end. Although playw…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:12AM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Corn Is Green, National Theatre review – Nicola Walker teaches a life lesson by Aleks.sierz

Dominic Cooke’s imaginative revival improves on Emlyn Williams’s 1938 play Let’s talk repertoire. Over the past decade the range of British plays, especially those from the 17th, 18th…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:06PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Human Voice, Harold Pinter Theatre review – acting masterclass by Aleks.sierz

Ruth Wilson is brilliant in Jean Cocteau classic adapted by Ivo van Hove Is there really such a thing as an unmissable show? Depends on your taste of course, but for sheer hype this event ta…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:18PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Cock, Ambassadors Theatre review – brutal, bruising and brilliant by Aleks.sierz

High-energy revival of Mike Bartlett’s 2009 play boasts a dynamic cast Mike Bartlett’s Cock invites suggestive comments, but the main thing about the play is that it has proved to be a …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:12PM
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Ghosts of the Titanic, Park Theatre review – well written, but poorly staged by Aleks.sierz

Intriguing new play from Ron Hutchinson capsizes in performance You can’t keep a great playwright down. Ron Hutchinson, whose award winning stage plays, such as Rat in the Skull (1984) an…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:42PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Shedding a Skin, Soho Theatre review – feel the love by Aleks.sierz

Great staging enlivens this well-written monologue about a cross-generational relationship Love is the most difficult four-letter word. And platonic love is perhaps the hardest kind of emot…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:48PM
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Red Pitch, Bush Theatre review – effortlessly and energetically entertaining by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about football and gentrification is pitch perfect Football stories are never just about a game — they are also about life and how to live it. In Tyrell Williams’s Red Pitch,…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:12PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Queens of Sheba, Soho Theatre review – energy, entertainment and rage by Aleks.sierz

Misogynoir gets the song and satire treatment in a short but powerful show Black women often find themselves subject to a double dose of prejudice. Pressure. They face everyday racism as we…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:06PM
Sunday, February 6, 2022

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks, Royal Court review – fearless, frank and feminist by Aleks.sierz

Energetic debut monologue explores eating disorders, personal identity and sex Irish teenager Saoirse Murphy has a dirty mouth. And she’s not afraid to use it when talking to the nuns at …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:18PM
Sunday, January 30, 2022

The Glow, Royal Court review – bizarre, beautiful and breathtaking by Aleks.sierz

Time-travelling fantasia boasts a brilliant staging and a spoof playtext essay Bizarre. Breathtaking. Beautiful. I leave the Royal Court theatre with these Bs, as well as others such as bewi…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:42PM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

The 4th Country, Park Theatre review – sympathetic and intriguing by Aleks.sierz

Northern Ireland’s contemporary problems get the meta treatment History is a prison. Often, you can’t escape. It imprints its mark on people, environments and language. And nowhere is t…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:03PM
Friday, December 10, 2021

Trouble in Mind, National Theatre review – race, rage and relevance by Aleks.sierz

Revival of American writer Alice Childress’s 1955 anti-racist play shines bright The National Theatre has a good record in staging classic American drama by black playwrights. James Baldw…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:48PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Manor, National Theatre review – ambitious, but unconvincing by Aleks.sierz

Moira Buffini’s state-of-the-nation, climate-change play runs into the doldrums After all the tides of monologue plays have ebbed, British new writing is now paddling in the pools of state…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:32PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

Death of England: Face to Face, National Theatre At Home review – anti-racist trilogy ends with a bang by Aleks.sierz

Roy Williams and Clint Dyer bring their monologue sequence to a triumphant conclusion One of the absolute highpoints of new writing in the past couple of years has been the Death of England …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:12PM

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