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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Hoes, Hampstead Theatre review - sex and drink and grime by Aleks.sierz

Girls just wanna have fun in the sun - smart, funny but slender debut playBecause of the #MeToo movement, and the revival of feminist protest, the theme of sisterhood now has a much stronger…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

White Teeth, Kiln Theatre review - tuneless hymn to Kilburn High Road by Aleks.sierz

Imaginative adaptation of Zadie Smith's 2000 classic let down by unnecessary musicYou can see why artistic director Indhu Rubasingham chose to stage this version of Zadie Smith's classi…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ear for Eye, Royal Court review - powerful and passionate anti-racism by Aleks.sierz

New epic compares the experience of black people in the US and the UKTwo countries; two histories. Being black in the US; being black in the UK. Compare and contrast. Which is exactly what d…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Bridge Theatre review - black comedy falls flat by Aleks.sierz

Martin McDonagh's latest is poorly written and lacking in imagination It's all in the title, isn't it? Martin McDonagh's surreal new play comes with a warning that not only screams its …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Stories, National Theatre review - comic conception capers by Aleks.sierz

Nina Raine's follow-up to her very big hit Consent is often funny but rarely deepIn 2017, playwright Nina Raine's Consent, an excellent National Theatre play about lawyers and rape vict…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I'm Not Running, National Theatre review - puzzling political drama by Aleks.sierz

David Hare’s latest is set in an alternative reality that is more 2008 than 2018Whatever you might think about Brexit, the dreaded B word, the current climate certainly seems to be reinvig…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Sweet Science of Bruising, Southwark Playhouse review - boxing clever by Aleks.sierz

Victorian pugilistic drama: thoroughly heartfelt, highly original and completely timelyThere are not that many plays about sport, but, whether you gamble on results or not, you can bet that …

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pack of Lies, Menier Chocolate Factory review - suburban spy story by Aleks.sierz

Cold War surveillance drama is interesting, but can't quite conceal its ageWe do love our spy stories, don't we? The idea of betrayal, both political and personal, seems to be a strong …

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Poet in da Corner, Royal Court review - mind-blowing energy plus plus plus by Aleks.sierz

Semi-autobiographical coming of age story jumps to the sounds of grimeThere was once a time when grime music was very angry, and very threatening, but that seems a long time ago now. Today, …

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Friday, September 14, 2018

An Adventure, Bush Theatre review - epic but flawed by Aleks.sierz

Deeply felt show about love, marriage and migration doesn’t quite work Director Madani Younis, who since 2011 has transformed the Bush Theatre in West London into one of London's most outs…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Woods, Royal Court review - Lesley Sharp triumphs again by Aleks.sierz

Overwhelmingly powerful new play about motherhood and psychological collapse Blackout. Dark, the colour of childhood fear. Black, the colour of despair. Black. No light visible; no colours t…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Holy Shit, Kiln Theatre review - what's in a name? by Aleks.sierz

The old Tricycle Theatre is transformed with a name change and a great opening playHoly shit! After being closed for two long years, the old and battered Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn has been…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Aristocrats, Donmar Warehouse review - fresh but uneven by Aleks.sierz

Anti-naturalistic revival of Brian Friel's elegiac tribute to the Catholic nobility is oddly unemotionalChekhovian is a rather over-used word when it comes to describing some of the lat…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online), Trafalgar Studios review - Geordie chancer comes of age by Aleks.sierz

New monologue about drug dealing on the Dark Web is well written if a bit slightThe Dark Web has an intriguing sound about it. Like something out of JRR Tolkein or JK Rowling, it suggests a …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre review - hilarious but dark, darker, darkest by Aleks.sierz

Alan Bennett's black comedy is a howl against the privatization of deathThe NHS is us. For decades our national identity has been bandaged together with the idea, and reality, of a heal…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Alkaline, Park Theatre review - faith, friendship and failure by Aleks.sierz

Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth Britain is rightly proud of its record on multiculturalism, but whenever cross-cultural couples are shown on f…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Imperium, Gielgud Theatre review - eventful, very eventful, Roman epic by Aleks.sierz

The RSC’s adaptation of Robert Harris’s Cicero books reaches the West EndHistory repeats itself. This much we know. In the 1980s, under a Tory government obsessed with cuts, the big new …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Genesis Inc, Hampstead Theatre review - Harry Enfield in ungodly mess by Aleks.sierz

Huge new play about the fertility industry is rather crudely conceived We are now pretty familiar with the idea that human reproduction (making babies) has been turned into big business, and…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

One for Sorrow, Royal Court review - imploding family drama by Aleks.sierz

Smart and powerful new play about fear, terror and prejudice runs out of steamIt’s the stuff of nightmares. There’s a massive explosion, the sound of smashing glass, falling debris and p…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Monogamy, Park Theatre review - Janie Dee in dark family drama by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about a celebrity chef sometimes sizzles, but leaves a bad taste Forget about dark alleys, deserted parks and slippery slopes: the most dangerous place in the world is likely to b…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Strange Death of John Doe, Hampstead Theatre review - ambitious but not entirely successful by Aleks.sierz

Sympathetic new play about a migrant's death is well staged, but imperfectly writtenRegular air travel is a hassle. All that queuing, all that security, all those hot halls, and then th…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Fatherland, Lyric Hammersmith review - loud and proud, shame about the content by Aleks.sierz

Frantic Assembly’s take on the crisis of masculinity is theatrically exciting but banalMasculinity, whether toxic or in crisis (but never ever problem-free), is a hardy perennial subject f…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Nightfall, Bridge Theatre, review - moving but over-exposed by Aleks.sierz

Sad and intimate play about rural life gets a bit lost in this large theatrePlaywright Barney Norris is as prolific as he is talented. Barely out of his twenties, he has written a series of …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mood Music, Old Vic review - riveting critique of the music biz by Aleks.sierz

Joe ‘Sunny Afternoon’ Penhall’s triumphant new play about the music industry really rocksPlaywright Joe Penhall and the music biz? Well, they have history. When he was writing the book…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Nine Night, National Theatre review - Jamaican family drama full of spirit by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about a West-Indian wake is lively, but a bit undercookedThe good news about so-called black drama on British stages is that it has broken out of its gangland violence ghetto and …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Absolute Hell, National Theatre review - high gloss show saves over-rated classic by Aleks.sierz

Energetic revival of Rodney Ackland’s best play exposes many of its faults Rodney Ackland must be the most well-known forgotten man in postwar British theatre. His legend goes like this: A…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Prudes, Royal Court review - hilarious but frustrating sex show by Aleks.sierz

New two-hander about sex is wise and funny, but fails to achieve a climax Playwright Anthony Neilson has always been fascinated by sex. I mean, who isn’t? But he has made it a central part…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Instructions for Correct Assembly, Royal Court review - Jane Horrocks in Middle England Westworld by Aleks.sierz

New sci-fi drama about suburban perfection lacks the necessary human touch There’s a whole universe which British theatre has yet to explore properly – it’s called the sci-fi imaginati…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pressure, Park Theatre review - David Haig terrific in his own drama by Aleks.sierz

Documentary drama about the weather on the eve of D-Day is a successThere are few things more British than talking about the weather. What makes this play about a meteorologist interesting, …

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Black Men Walking, Royal Court review - inspiring and exhilarating by Aleks.sierz

Yorkshire hikers reclaim the English countryside - and their identitiesIn the same week that Arinzé Kene’s Misty, a play that passionately questions the clichés of plays about black Brit…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Great Wave, National Theatre review - moving epic of global loss by Aleks.sierz

Brilliant, and epic, new thriller about Japanese citizens abducted by North KoreaYou could call it an absence of yellow. Until very recently British theatre has been pretty poor at represent…

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