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Friday, November 8, 2019

Easy review at Blue Elephant Theatre, London – ‘quietly compelling monologue’ by Dave Fargnoli

Telling a familiar tale of sex, betrayal, and teenage anxiety, Easy is an engaging monologue from emerging playwright Amy Blakelock. The story

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Frankenstein review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘stilted sci-fi adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Reworking Mary Shelley’s seminal work of gothic sci-fi for the digital age, the National Youth Theatre’s Frankenstein explores the line between artificial

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Shook review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘consummately performed’ by Dave Fargnoli

Serving lengthy prison sentences, three young men attend parenting classes in preparation for a return to the outside world. Samuel Bailey’s first

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

God’s Dice review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘David Baddiel’s slick but slight new play’ by Dave Fargnoli

In a letter to a fellow physicist, Einstein once famously claimed that God does not play dice with the universe. The question

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Great Expectations review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘light and lively production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Kicking off this year’s National Youth Theatre REP season, Neil Bartlett’s take on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is an engaging if unadventurous adaptation.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Out of Order review at Southbank Centre, London – ‘an absurdist response to troubled times’ by Dave Fargnoli

It’s a bleak indictment of the times when a wordless, 90-minute clown brawl feels like an apt metaphor for any number of

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ivanov review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘powerfully performed production of Chekhov’s early play’ by Dave Fargnoli

One of Chekhov’s earliest, lesser-known works, bleak domestic drama Ivanov gets a sharply insightful treatment by Moscow-based company Theatre of Nations. It’s

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Friday, October 11, 2019

One Man, Two Guvnors review at Nuffield Southampton Theatres – ‘overplayed but enjoyable’ by Dave Fargnoli

Telling the story of a buffoonish liar swindling those he should be serving, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors – adapted from

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Monday, October 7, 2019

We Anchor in Hope review at the Bunker, London – ‘passionate performances, but lacks dramatic drive’ by Dave Fargnoli

Set in a traditional London pub on the night it goes out of business, We Anchor in Hope is a nostalgic elegy

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Either review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘playful, thought-provoking debut’ by Dave Fargnoli

Every relationship, from the briefest fling to the longest marriage, comes with expectations attached. Gently interrogating the impact of gender roles and

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Friday, September 27, 2019

King John review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-uponon-Avon – ‘bombastic and stylish’ by Dave Fargnoli

Full of ruthless ambition, destructive entitlement and cynical political flip-flops, King John may be amongst Shakespeare’s least-performed plays, but it certainly isn’t

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mother of Him review at Park Theatre, London – ‘thoughtful, morally knotty character sketch’ by Dave Fargnoli

Tackling the fallout within a family that follows when one member commits an unconscionable crime, Mother of Him is a thoughtful, morally

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Permanent Way review at The Vaults, London – ‘compelling indictment of corporate mismanagement’ by Dave Fargnoli

Investigating the controversial legacy of railway privatisation, The Permanent Way is a detailed, dry and typically forensic piece of verbatim theatre from

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Faith, Hope and Charity review at National Theatre, London – ‘grim yet galvanising’ by Dave Fargnoli

Surviving on little more than Faith, Hope and Charity, a group of volunteers, vulnerable adults and desperate families gather in a dilapidated

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Stardust review at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – ‘unwieldy new musical’ by Dave Fargnoli

Mashing together family melodrama, a rags-to-riches success story and a little supernatural horror, Stardust is an ambitious new musical struggling under the

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Monday, September 16, 2019

What’s in a Name? review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘a paper-thin farce’ by Dave Fargnoli

For a play based around an act of provocation, there is nothing remotely challenging about Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière’s

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

So Here We Are review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘a showcase for local talent’ by Dave Fargnoli

Reflecting on grief, friendship, and the sometimes-suffocating parameters of normality, So Here We Are charts the fallout of a young man’s sudden

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Stiletto Beach review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘unpicking Essex Girl stereotypes’ by Dave Fargnoli

Digging into the ambiguities of stereotypes, social stigma, and of simultaneously loving and loathing the place you grew up, Stiletto Beach is

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Monday, September 9, 2019

How Love Is Spelt review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘an assured revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Examining loneliness, love, and co-dependence, Chloe Moss’ How Love Is Spelt is an intricate and intriguing character study. Delicate, dreamlike, yet keenly

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Jade City review at the Bunker, London – ‘thoughtful exploration of male mental health’ by Dave Fargnoli

There’s a cracking, crackling energy running through Jade City, an unfocused but undeniably powerful study of toxic masculinity and its victims. Discussing

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

As You Like It review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘warm, vibrant and accessible’ by Dave Fargnoli

When unjust rulers erode our sense of community for selfish political ends, running off to start a better society in the woods

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘bursting with energy’ by Dave Fargnoli

Bursting with energy and movement, Paul Hart’s Kiss Me, Kate is a fun take on the well-loved, if utterly frivolous, musical-within-a-musical. Playing

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Crystal Clear review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘accessible production of a moving play’ by Dave Fargnoli

Returning to London’s Old Red Lion Theatre, where it premiered in 1982, Phil Young’s Crystal Clear is an introspective examination of life

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Monday, July 22, 2019

The Actor’s Nightmare review at Park Theatre, London – ‘flat and formless’ by Dave Fargnoli

Jumbling together a selection of micro-plays from Tony award-winning writer Christopher Durang, The Actor’s Nightmare is as shallow and disordered as any

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Merry Wives of Windsor review at Stoke Park Railway, Guildford – ‘cheerful open-air production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Probably history’s first comedy spin-off, Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor is among his lightest, daftest plays, but that doesn’t mean it has

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The 39 Steps review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘dated and creaky’ by Dave Fargnoli

Written in 1915, John Buchan’s pulpy espionage yarn The 39 Steps found lasting pop-culture fame as a seminal Hitchcock thriller, while Patrick

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Illusionists review at Shaftesbury Theatre, London – ‘big, brash, and energetic magic showcase’ by Dave Fargnoli

Returning to the West End with a new line-up following a successful Broadway engagement, long running magical variety act The Illusionists is

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2019 review – ‘vibrant, accessible and boldly theatrical’ by Dave Fargnoli

Vibrant, accessible and with an increasing emphasis on spectacle, this year’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival programme is laden with boldly theatrical

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Crooked Dances review at the Other Place, Stratford – ‘intriguing but overwrought mystery’ by Dave Fargnoli

Rain falls, wolves howl in the woods, and a pianist plays an obscure, discordant composition by Erik Satie. Fully embracing an offbeat

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Measure for Measure review at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘oppressively bleak’ by Dave Fargnoli

There’s no denying that Shakespeare’s bitter comedy of sleazy politicians and sexual extortion remains as resonant today as it ever was. Helmed

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens – ‘breezy open-air Shakespeare’ by Dave Fargnoli

Now in its fourth year, outdoor touring company Shakespeare in the Squares is taking a breezy, easy-going Dream on a circuit of

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