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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Rare Earth Mettle, Royal Court review - one long unsatisfying slog by Aleks.sierz

Al Smith’s new play was jinxed before it started — and it never really recovers Why are we indifferent to anti-Semitism? In the past few weeks the Royal Court, a proud citadel of wokenes…

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Sessions, Soho Theatre review – intense, but inconclusive by Aleks.sierz

Powerful play about masculinity in crisis fails to reach a satisfying resolution After lockdown, the stage monologue saved British theatre. At venue after venue, cash-strapped companies put…

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Old Bridge, Bush Theatre review - powerful, poetic and profound by Aleks.sierz

New play about love during the Bosnian war is beautifully written and compelling Is the Bosnian conflict of 1992–95 the war that Europe forgot? Maybe, although most fans of new writing for…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A Place for We, Park Theatre review - perceptive, but rather flabby by Aleks.sierz

New play about gentrification could be regenerated with a make-over I’ve lived in Brixton, south London, for about 40 years now so any play that looks at the gentrification of the area is…

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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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