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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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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Radio review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘a gripping performance by Adam Gillen’ by Dave Fargnoli

Charting a course between the philosophical and the pointedly political, Al Smith’s Radio is a heartfelt monologue about the paradoxical fragility and

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Twelfth Night review at Guildford Castle Gardens – ‘charming open-air Shakespeare’ by Dave Fargnoli

Though it opens on a suitably melancholy note, with a shivering Viola staggering ashore, and a brooding Duke listening to love songs

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Kill Climate Deniers review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘staid, shallow and charmless’ by Dave Fargnoli

Dwelling more on the early history of rave music than on the impending ecological catastrophe facing our planet, Kill Climate Deniers is

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Venice Preserved review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘bold, stylish production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Written in the tumultuous decades following the English Restoration, Thomas Otway’s 1682 tragedy Venice Preserved is a strikingly bleak and misanthropic melodrama,

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Testament review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘stylised, but sensitive exploration of trauma’ by Dave Fargnoli

Testament is a compassionate fable about coming to terms with grief, albeit one wearing the trappings of an edgy mental health drama

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell review Norman’s Coach and Horses, London – ‘strong performance by Robert Bathurst’ by Dave Fargnoli

Vividly capturing the feeling of being cornered in your local pub by a drunken stranger with a tale to tell, Jeffrey Bernard

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson review at Park Theatre, London – ‘unfocused and unsubtle comedy’ by Dave Fargnoli

In 2016, as the Tory party grappled with David Cameron’s decision to hold a Brexit referendum, Boris Johnson invited Michael Gove to

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Provoked Wife review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘outrageous and uproarious’ by Dave Fargnoli

Straddling the line between raucous sex comedy and insightful examination of human folly, John Vanbrugh’s 17th century satire The Provoked Wife boasts

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Thousand Splendid Suns review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘an unconvincing adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel’ by Dave Fargnoli

Viewing Afghanistan’s recent history through the experiences of three overlapping generations of women, Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns tells a

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Hired Man review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘an uneven revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Periodically revived since its 1984 premiere, Melvyn Bragg’s bittersweet, bucolic drama about the tenacity of the working poor is a stirring but

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin review at Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames – ‘feels diminished’ by Dave Fargnoli

Condensing Louis de Bernières’ bittersweet wartime romance for the stage, Rona Munro’s adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin never quite resonates. Though her

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Ghosts review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘lushly designed and atmospheric’ by Dave Fargnoli

Railing against the hypocrisy of religious and social propriety, Ibsen’s Ghosts was met with disgust on its 1882 release. Modern audiences won’t

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Amélie review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘whimsical and warm-hearted musical adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Significantly reworked from its Broadway incarnation, Michael Fentiman’s Amélie sticks closer to the tone of Jeunet and Laurant’s beloved 2001 movie, and

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Keep Watching review at New Diorama, London – ‘ambitious, if unfocused, exploration of surveillance’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the tensions between privacy, loneliness and the all-pervasive reach of technology, Keep Watching is a stylish, slow-burning and low-key thriller. The

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Scary Bikers review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘refreshing Brexit comedy’ by Dave Fargnoli

Given the currently fraught political climate, it feels like quite a feat to talk about Brexit without descending into inarticulate fury or

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Kunene and the King review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘a compassionate character study’ by Dave Fargnoli

Set in contemporary Johannesburg, Kunene and the King explores weighty issues of terminal illness, race, and the legacy of apartheid with a

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ain’t Misbehavin’ review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘a lively musical revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Compiled in 1978, prototype jukebox musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a big-hearted breeze through the music of pioneering jazz pianist Fats Waller. Making

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Romance Romance review at Above the Stag, London – ‘heartfelt performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

Smartly reframing Barry Harman’s whimsical 1987 musical Romance Romance for a contemporary audience, this tight and tender version is full of wit

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Absurd Person Singular review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘an energetic staging’ by Dave Fargnoli

Regularly revived since its 1972 premiere, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular is a slow-moving but sharply observed farce of social climbing and

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Macbeth review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘lurid, raucous and bloody’ by Dave Fargnoli

Kitsch and off-kilter, this tightly adapted take on Shakespeare’s classic story of regicide and reckless ambition feels surprisingly cheerful. Watermill artistic director

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bodies review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘stiff, cerebral, dated’ by Dave Fargnoli

Two smug and self-regarding middle class couples wring their hands over their past infidelities in Bodies, James Saunders’ rambling meditation on the

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