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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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Monday, April 13, 2020

Wise Children, BBC online review – beautifully bizarre by Aleks.sierz

Emma Rice’s version of Angela Carter’s last novel is a celebration of alternative families Reviewing theatre now means reviewing film. Knowing that Emma Rice’s Old Vic 2018 production …

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Gators, Tramp Productions online review – the glittering dark by Aleks.sierz

Gloriously surreal monologue about everyday anxieties in extraordinary circumstances She’s an ordinary young woman, and she really doesn’t know what to think. After all, things are way o…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, Breach Theatre online review – a rivetting watch by Aleks.sierz

BBC film version of a Renaissance rape trial is powerfully resonant and completely relevant Artemisia Gentileschi has definitely had a hard time. Although she was an outstanding Renaissance …

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre at Home review – bliss, utter comic bliss by Aleks.sierz

NT Live version of this masterpiece of farce is now available for free Armchair theatre-lovers rejoice. During the lockdown, the National Theatre is streaming a selection of its past hits fo…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

The Croft, Original Theatre online review – give me the remote by Aleks.sierz

Original Theatre’s tartan gothic thriller is complex but also a bit overwrought With everyone in lockdown, observing physical if not social distancing, a story about isolation can have a …

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 4 - 'America' by Aleks.sierz

Brilliant lyrics from the young composer offer a definitive take on migration Ever since I heard the quintessential prog rock group The Nice do a psychedelic instrumental version of “Ameri…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Bubble, Theatre Uncut online review - educational, but unexceptional by Aleks.sierz

Theatre Uncut’s streamed play about social media and the woke generation is clear but slender It’s only been a week since London’s West End went dark, and theatres closed all over the …

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Blithe Spirit, Duke of York's Theatre review - Jennifer Saunders in serious comedy by Aleks.sierz

Thoughtful revival of Coward classic has all the ingredients - except the laughs Jennifer Saunders is a one-woman tickle machine. As her countless appearances in television shows such as Fre…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Shoe Lady, Royal Court review - Katherine Parkinson is a footsore Beckettian by Aleks.sierz

Slender new monologue about struggling middle-class womanhood On my way to see this show, I see an urban fox. Before I can take a photo, it scrambles away. And I'm sure that, as it goes, it …

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Special Relationship, Soho Theatre review - informative, but uninspiring by Aleks.sierz

Verbatim account of transatlantic deportation is an uneven mix of fact and farce Since 2000, Esther Baker's Synergy Theatre Project has worked with prisoners, ex-offenders and young people a…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Pass Over, Kiln Theatre review - fierce critique of racist brutality by Aleks.sierz

Waiting for Godot meets Exodus in American drama about Black Lives Matter The Black Lives Matter movement is such an important international protest that it is odd how few contemporary plays…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

The High Table, Bush Theatre review - party on in Lagos and London by Aleks.sierz

New debut play is a heartfelt account of the black lesbian experience Queer people of colour face a double discrimination: racism and homophobia. Against this sickness of negation and stupid…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Far Away, Donmar Warehouse review - one for the devotees by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Caryl Churchill's brief dystopic classic is vivid but unexceptional Caryl Churchill, Britain's best living playwright, is enjoying a spate of high-profile revivals of her classic …

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Death of England, National Theatre review - furious but fabulous by Aleks.sierz

New monologue about rage, racism and national identity is simply magnificent Is this an angry island? Although the British national character (if there is such a thing) has traditionally be…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Sugar Syndrome, Orange Tree Theatre review - pushing empathy to the limit by Aleks.sierz

Excellent revival of Lucy Prebble's disturbing debut play about illegal desire Your sweet tooth can get you into trouble. Lots of trouble. In this revival of Lucy Prebble's provocative debut…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Welkin, National Theatre review - women's labour is a pain by Aleks.sierz

Maxine Peake struggles to make the voice of reason heard in feminist history play History plays should perform a delicate balancing act: they have to tell us something worth knowing about th…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court review - feminist separatism 2.0 by Aleks.sierz

New play about female friendship is refreshingly original and dazzlingly exciting Tonight, I discovered the gasp index. Or maybe just re-dicovered. The what? The gasp index. It's when you se…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Les Misérables, Sondheim Theatre review - join in our crusade by Aleks.sierz

New blood courses through the West End's longest-running musical Do you hear the people sing? In recent months, you're more likely to have heard news stories about the longest running West …

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Snowflake, Kiln Theatre review - strong but clumsy generational war by Aleks.sierz

Mike Bartlett's Christmas cracker goes with a bang - eventually The prolific Mike Bartlett – from whose pen have leapt television series such as Doctor Foster and Press, as well as stage h…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Kind of People, Royal Court review - multiculturalism falls apart by Aleks.sierz

Family tragedy is emotionally powerful but incomplete and unsatisfying The trouble with prejudice is that you can't control how other people see you. At the start of her career, playwright G…

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