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Friday, December 1, 2023

A Sherlock Carol, Marylebone Theatre review – merry, but mirthless by Aleks.sierz

Seasonal Eng Lit mash-up returns with its festive message of forgiveness It’s an elementary fact that Dickens sells at this time of year — look at all the perennial Christmas Carols spro…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen, Bush Theatre review – charismatic stand-up routine by Aleks.sierz

Samuel Barnett performs a sizzling monologue about sex and fatal attraction The Comedian runs, bounces even, onto the stage. The audience immediately applauds. He seizes the mic and makes se…

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Mates in Chelsea, Royal Court review – silly rather than satirical by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about toffs and tycoons is disappointingly juvenile and weak As Christmas looms, ’tis the season for comedy. And even the traditionally austere Royal Court feels obliged to join…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

To Have and To Hold, Hampstead Theatre review - funny but flawed by Aleks.sierz

Richard Bean’s new comedy about old age occasionally glows, but stays lukewarm There’s only a couple of things you need to know about playwright Richard Bean: he started out as a stand-…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

The Interview, Park Theatre review – Martin Bashir’s comeuppance by Aleks.sierz

Princess Diana’s BBC soul-searching makes for a slender docu-drama Journalism is a despised profession. And when you consider the story behind the interview that Diana, Princess of Wales,…

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Boy Parts, Soho Theatre review – not subversive enough by Aleks.sierz

New adaptation of Eliza Clark’s highly praised novel lacks a genuine heart of darkness We’ve all heard of the male gaze, but what about its subversion? Overturning masculine dominance i…

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Blue Mist, Royal Court review – authentic, but not entirely convincing by Aleks.sierz

Energetic new play about South Asian Muslim men challenges stereotypes Multiculturalism, according to the Home Secretary, has failed, so where does that leave British Black and Asian commun…

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Death of England: Closing Time, National Theatre review - thrillingly and abundantly alive by Aleks.sierz

Triumphant climax to Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s brilliant tetralogy about race It’s closing time somewhere in the East End. Nah, not the pub, but at a small local shop. Inside, Denise…

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Octopolis, Hampstead Theatre review - blue, blue, electric blue by Aleks.sierz

New play about the relations between humans and other life forms has profound depths How many hearts does an octopus have? Answer: three. This pub quiz clincher is just one of the many fasci…

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Operation Epsilon, Southwark Playhouse review – alternative Oppenheimer by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Alan Brody’s award-winning 2013 history play is solid but plodding Must science always be dominated by politics? This question is most urgent when the stakes are high — climat…

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Friday, September 15, 2023

That Face, Orange Tree Theatre review – in-yer-face family drama by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Polly Stenham’s 2007 punk extravaganza stars Niamh Cusack Playwright Polly Stenham MBE had a meteoric rise with this play, her award-winning 2007 debut which she wrote aged 19 …

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Friday, August 25, 2023

A Mirror, Almeida Theatre review - unconvincing and contrived by Aleks.sierz

Jonny Lee Miller stars in a problematically dystopian story of creativity and censorship This is a play about censorship in a totalitarian state — but, no, I’m not reviewing The Pillowm…

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Friday, July 14, 2023

Cuckoo, Royal Court review - slow, superficial and unfunny by Aleks.sierz

New comedy explores digital and family alienation, but finds nothing to say Historically, the Royal Court is the venue for cutting-edge new writing – you know, the kind of plays that have…

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Beneatha's Place, Young Vic review - strongly felt, but uneven by Aleks.sierz

British premiere by this venue’s supremo is thrillingly provocative but also flawed Trauma is the source of identity politics. In the case of African-Americans, the experience of brutal sl…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

When Winston Went to War with the Wireless, Donmar Warehouse review – lively, but messy by Aleks.sierz

Jack Thorne’s play about the BBC informs and educates, but does not really entertain Can things change, or must they always stay the same? The latest history play by Jack Thorne, a man of…

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

The Swell, Orange Tree Theatre review - mind-bending romantic drama by Aleks.sierz

New play about a lesbian love triangle is emotionally true and profoundly theatrical There are some songs, and singers, that make your heart swell. One of them, for me, is Ani DiFranco’s …

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

The Pillowman, Duke of York’s Theatre review – starry but slack by Aleks.sierz

West End revival of Martin McDonagh’s storytelling classic is fun but unconvincing British theatre is getting a bit timid — is that right? Ahead of the opening of this revival of Martin …

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

All of It/Hope Has a Happy Meal, Royal Court review – surreal pleasures by Aleks.sierz

New writing season kicks off with two imaginative adventures in theatre The summer season at the Royal Court, London’s premiere new writing venue, features two plays which imaginatively e…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Dixon and Daughters, National Theatre review - cold discomfort harm by Aleks.sierz

Trauma play about domestic abuse raises questions about the role of theatre Men are bastards. Okay, not all of us, but enough to make the lives of millions of women a misery. This we know, …

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre review – mysterious and allusive by Aleks.sierz

New play about family trauma and loss is an experiment in poetic drama Is it possible to successfully challenge naturalism in British theatre today? At a time when audiences crave feelgood d…

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A Little Life, Harold Pinter Theatre review - unrelenting trauma by Aleks.sierz

Ivo van Hove’s stage version of Hanya Yanagihara’s bestseller is a real misery fest Wow! James Norton naked! Wow! New play by Ivo van Hove. Wow! It’s four hours long. Wow! Wow! Wow! Th…

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Black Superhero, Royal Court review – ambitious, but messy by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about sex, race and queerness is a disappointing mishmash The act of idol worship is, at one and the same time, both distantly ancient and compellingly contemporary. Whether it is…

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

The Way Old Friends Do, Park Theatre review – sweet, but flimsy by Aleks.sierz

Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard’s ABBA tribute is fun, but clunky Is it a good idea to work with your spouse? The Way Old Friends Do, a love letter to ABBA tribute bands — which premiered a…

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Further Than the Furthest Thing, Young Vic review – small island longings by Aleks.sierz

Empathetic revival of Zinnie Harris’s 2000 play about a lost world Some plays are instantly forgettable, others leave a tender fold in the memory. I well remember seeing Zinnie Harris’s…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Truth's a Dog Must to Kennel, BAC review - King Lear goes virtual by Aleks.sierz

Tim Crouch’s latest show intriguingly deconstructs theatre in a post-truth world Has theatre’s time passed? In Tim Crouch’s latest 70-minute show, first staged at the Royal Lyceum The…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Trouble in Butetown, Donmar Warehouse review - entertaining and warmhearted by Aleks.sierz

History play about an African-American GI in Cardiff never really takes off With the fast-approaching anniversary of the latest war in Europe, our culture’s continued fascination with Wor…

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Graceland, Royal Court review - quiet desolation is too literary by Aleks.sierz

Subtle monologue about a toxic relationship lacks dramatic punch Is new writing becoming increasingly literary? Recently, some of the language being used by younger playwrights seems to me t…

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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Phaedra, National Theatre review - stunning acting in stunning show by Aleks.sierz

Hotshot auteur Simon Stone creates a dazzling new myth for our times How can old texts speak to us now? The point is not just to adapt classics, but to reimagine them – and that’s exact…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Linck & Mülhahn, Hampstead Theatre review - problems as well as pleasures by Aleks.sierz

New play about a gender-pioneering couple is provocative and engaging With the total loss of its Arts Council funding, Hampstead Theatre’s future as a specialist new writing venue is in d…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, Harold Pinter Theatre review – cool cast chills the drama by Aleks.sierz

West End transfer for Sam Steiner’s fringe classic does the play no favours Culture which arrives from the margins to the mainstream is a classic phenomenon. In the case of Sam Steiner’s…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre review - lively, but overly idealistic by Aleks.sierz

Sonali Bhattacharyya’s coming of age drama returns with a new cast Do the right thing! But doing the right thing isn’t easy – especially if you are a teen. And a female teen who is bei…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater