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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Macbeth, Almeida Theatre review – vivid, but much too long by Aleks.sierz

Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut in Yaël Farber’s testosterone-fest Remembering the months of lockdown, I can’t be the only person to thrill to this play’s opening lines, “Wh…

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Normal Heart, National Theatre review – Ben Daniels triumphant by Aleks.sierz

Larry Kramer’s modern AIDS classic retains all of its passionate glory Hypocrisy. Is this the right word? I don’t mean the play, but the audience. Of course, in the middle of the current…

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Is God Is, Royal Court review – blister, flare and burn, baby, burn by Aleks.sierz

Aleshea Harris’s award-winning play is a thrillingly satirical mash up God is a tricky one. Or should that be One? And definitely not a He. So when she says take revenge, then vengeance i…

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Memory of Water, Hampstead Theatre review – uneasy tragi-comedy by Aleks.sierz

Sombre revival of Shelagh Stephenson’s 1996 classic about three sisters Memories are notoriously treacherous — this we know. I remember seeing Shelagh Stephenson’s contemporary classic…

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Rockets and Blue Lights, National Theatre review – strong, but inconclusive by Aleks.sierz

Poetic play about enslaved peoples and Victorian painter JMW Turner For more than three decades, playwright Winsome Pinnock has been at the forefront of new writing, often experimenting wit…

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Changing Destiny, Young Vic review – an epic literary discovery by Aleks.sierz

A 4,000-year-old poem reopens this venue, but is more educational than dramatic The Young Vic, led by the inspiring figure of Kwame Kwei-Armah, is back. After a prolonged closure, during whi…

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Oleanna, Arts Theatre review - Mamet on power and tragedy by Aleks.sierz

David Mamet’s most controversial play retains its explosive charge Before seeing this play, I decided to eat a steak. It seemed the right culinary equivalent to David Mamet, one of Americ…

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Out West, Lyric Hammersmith review – not quite a hat trick by Aleks.sierz

Ambitious triptych examines the themes of Empire, race and parenthood It is an index of the ambition of some venues that they are not only reopening their doors, but also staging plays that…

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Walden, Harold Pinter Theatre review – where’s the emotion? by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about siblings, climate change and space travel is full of ideas There’s something definitely inspiring about producer Sonia Friedman’s decision to reopen one of her prime We…

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Harm, Bush Theatre review – isolation, infatuation and intensity by Aleks.sierz

New monologue is a complex and ambiguous account of a digital obsession After months of watching theatre on screens large, medium and tiny, I definitely feel great about going to see a live…

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Tarantula, Southwark Playhouse online review – spine-tingling love and trauma by Aleks.sierz

Philip Ridley’s new monologue is a dazzling masterclass in storytelling I think I can safely say that polymath playwright Philip Ridley has had a good lockdown. In March last year, when T…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Angela, Sound Stages online review – tender and time-shifting by Aleks.sierz

Mark Ravenhill’s new play is a fragmentary audio autobiography Does a subjective theatre piece encourage a subjective critical response? I think it might, especially when it’s a memory …

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Monday, March 22, 2021

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Barn Theatre online review - a dazzling adaptation by Aleks.sierz

Film version of the Oscar Wilde classic is a brilliant critique of the digital age Let’s face it, most adaptations of classic novels are disappointingly pedestrian. They are so middle-of-t…

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Band Plays On, Sheffield Theatres online review – to Sheffield with love by Aleks.sierz

Latest show from Chris Bush is a celebration of local stoicism and wry humour All theatre is local — if you can’t get to where a show is playing you can’t see it. That is, until a pand…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Typical, Soho Theatre online review – powerfully poetic and painful by Aleks.sierz

Film version of 2019 monologue about institutional racism is brilliant As the events of last year made clear, the police have a problem with race on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, B…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Shook, Papatango online review – strongly acted, but depressingly predictable by Aleks.sierz

Film version of award-winning show about young offenders has more power than plot Film is the new theatre — this we know, but does the distance imposed by the change of medium increase or …

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Overflow, Bush Theatre review – fear, fury and fun by Aleks.sierz

New monologue is a shout out for trans and non-gender-conforming rights Travis Alabanza is black, trans, queer and proud. And they’ve got a lot to be proud about. In 2016, they were the yo…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

A Christmas Carol, Bridge Theatre review – deluxe seasonal storytelling by Aleks.sierz

The Dickens classic, as adapted by this venue’s artistic director, shakes its holly A Christmas Carol is a seasonal standard. In a normal year, there are a couple of versions to be enjoyed…

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

What a Carve Up!, Barn Theatre online review – ingenious whodunnit by Aleks.sierz

Film adaptation of Jonathan Coe’s 1994 bestseller is a postmodern masterpiece Classical murder mysteries end with a neat solution — and with the arrest of the perpetrator. Postmodern mur…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Little Wars, Union Theatre online review - richly emotional, but formulaic by Aleks.sierz

Lillian Hellman meets a handful of other female greats in an imaginary dinner party Feuds make good theatre. I mean, look at the furious 1970s spat between playwright Lillian Hellman and cri…

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Quarter Life Crisis, Bridge Theatre review – slender and superficial by Aleks.sierz

Return of one-woman show about growing up is disappointingly thin Success smells sweet. The Bridge Theatre’s pioneering season of one-person plays continues with sell-out performances of D…

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Friday, September 25, 2020

An Evening with an Immigrant, Bridge Theatre review – poetic and engaging by Aleks.sierz

Masterly revival of Inua Ellams’s 2016 autobiographical one-man show When the history of British theatre’s response to COVID-19 comes to be written, the names of two men will feature pro…

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Blindness, Donmar Warehouse review – a beautifully haunting parable by Aleks.sierz

Simon Stephens and Juliet Stevenson create the perfect installation for our times Wowee! Twenty weeks after the last time I set foot in a theatre, I was able to visit a venue once more. Hell…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Scrounger, Finborough Theatre online review – autobiography meets meta-theatre by Aleks.sierz

Athena Stevens’s punchy account of how an airline trashed her wheelchair During the current pandemic, stories about isolation have a particular resonance. Feelings of claustrophobia, lonel…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

My White Best Friend (And Other Letters Left Unsaid), Royal Court review – raw but generous by Aleks.sierz

A festival of responses to the Black Lives Matter campaign is personal, political and powerful The strength of the response to the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter campaign has provoke…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Les Blancs, National Theatre at Home review – triumphant revival of forgotten classic by Aleks.sierz

NT archive recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s last play is absolutely compelling Lorraine Hansberry’s debut, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first drama written by a black woman to be produc…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Reasons To Be Cheerful, Graeae review – raunchy working-class nostalgia by Aleks.sierz

Film version of a loud and proud 2017 tribute to Ian Dury and the Blockheads If any musical can live up to this title in these troubled times, it must be this show from Graeae, a theatre co…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Streetcar Named Desire, National Theatre at Home review – world on fire by Aleks.sierz

NT Live recording of this classic Young Vic production is genuinely unmissable The National Theatre’s triumphant march through its archive of NT Live recordings continues this week with a …

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Midnight Your Time, Donmar Warehouse online review – intimate and quietly moving by Aleks.sierz

Revival of 2011 HighTide hit reconceived for streaming stars Diana Quick During lockdown, some of the best online theatre has been shows that are specially created for this digital format. M…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Frankenstein, National Theatre at Home review – creature discomforts by Aleks.sierz

NT Live version of this iconic tale of creative hubris features a dynamic acting duo So far, it could be said that the National Theatre is having a good lockdown. Every week, this flagship s…

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Monday, April 27, 2020

#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, Hampstead Theatre online review – imbued with an urgent new relevance by Aleks.sierz

Howard Brenton’s docu-drama about the harassment of the Chinese artist is defiantly brilliant London’s Hampstead Theatre has recently been very successful in bringing some of its best sh…

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre