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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Peter Pan review at Harlow Playhouse, Essex – ‘ambitious and effective’ by Dave Fargnoli

Packed with breathtakingly bad puns and breathless but pitch-perfect singing, Peter Pan at the Harlow Playhouse is an ambitious and effective production.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘brash and spirited’ by Dave Fargnoli

Poised between traditional panto and jukebox musical, this energetic interpretation of Beauty and the Beast is carried along on a blast of

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘striking design and strong performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

Feeling impressively fresh while ticking all the traditional boxes, writer and director Daniel Buckroyd’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Rapunzel review at Chickenshed, London – ‘sprawling and ambitious’ by Dave Fargnoli

Owing more to Disney than the Brothers Grimm, writer and director Lou Stein’s Rapunzel is a pleasant fairytale with a tangled, overstuffed

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Borrowers review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘inventively designed’ by Dave Fargnoli

Based on Mary Norton’s charming children’s stories about a race of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a country house, The

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Secondary Victim at Park Theatre, London – ‘uneven exploration of ethical dilemmas’ by Dave Fargnoli

Moral quandaries and hidden motivations simmer at the heart of The Secondary Victim, a dense discussion of ethical dilemmas from playwright and

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Tailor-Made Man review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘scintillating performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

Drenched in the glitter and sleaze of 1920s Hollywood, Claudio Macor’s tale of sex scandals and open secrets at a major studio

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Matilda the Empress review at St James’ Church, Reading – ‘dynamic, engaging, ambitious’ by Dave Fargnoli

Examining the life of a fascinating but often overlooked historical figure, Matilda the Empress is a tightly-plotted account of England’s first civil

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Duet for One review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘compellingly cerebral’ by Dave Fargnoli

Shot through with elegance and icy restraint, this touring remount of Tom Kempinski’s stingingly insightful Duet for One feels every bit as

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Casa Festival review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘a varied and vivacious festival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Now in its 10th year, London’s varied and vivacious Casa festival has grown into an impressive and important platform for both international

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Othello review at Ambassadors Theatre, London – ‘visually arresting’ by Dave Fargnoli

Kicking off with a swaggering, seamlessly choreographed movement sequence packed with evocative details and expressive character interactions, Simon Pittman’s Othello is infused

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Jekyll and Hyde review at Ambassadors Theatre, London – ‘sharp and stylish’ by Dave Fargnoli

Ambitious, angry, and intriguing, Evan Placey’s radical adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde for National Youth Theatre transforms the familiar story into a

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Monday, October 9, 2017

31 Hours review at the Bunker, London – ‘earnest, but unfocused’ by Dave Fargnoli

There is a suicide on the UK’s railways every 31 Hours. Packed with informed research, Kieran Knowles’ second play draws out the

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Name Is Rachel Corrie review at Young Vic, London – ‘Erin Doherty is riveting’ by Dave Fargnoli

Peace activist Rachel Corrie was 23 years old when she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting the demolition of Palestinian

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Doctor Faustus review at Chickenshed, London – ‘fun, unusually frothy affair’ by Dave Fargnoli

Less a tragic tale of ego and evil forces, more a spooky pantomime complete with cackling devils and angels in nightgowns, Joseph

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fox review at Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘bleak, bold but muddled’ by Dave Fargnoli

Charting the slow unravelling of a doomed relationship, Fox is a bleak, bold but muddled writing debut from author Harrison Rose. From

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Weir review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘gorgeously atmospheric’ by Dave Fargnoli

Twenty years on from its first production, Conor McPherson’s elegiac modern classic The Weir remains as unsettling and affecting as ever. Unfolding

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Eyes Closed, Ears Covered review at the Bunker, London – ‘energy and warmth’ by Dave Fargnoli

Wrapping up the first year of productions at the Bunker, Eyes Closed, Ears Covered is a bleak story about the fallout of

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Deadline Day review at Theatre N16 – ‘unpolished’ by Dave Fargnoli

There is an inherent drama in the scramble of shifting loyalties and last minute deals that mark every FIFA transfer window. Focusing

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Talk Radio review at Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘a searing character study’ by Dave Fargnoli

Thirty years after its New York premiere, Eric Bogosian’s incendiary examination of truth in a world of uninformed, unscrupulous pseudo-celebrities has lost

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist review at Zoo, Edinburgh – ‘satisfying experiment in self-disclosure’ by Dave Fargnoli

Spinning out true accounts of anonymous sex into a broader meditation on intimacy, Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist is an

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Frost and Lorca review at Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Edinburgh – ‘enjoyable if unpolished’ by Dave Fargnoli

In 1989, abstract painter Sir Terry Frost created a portfolio of vivid images based on the fiery symbolic poetry of Federico Lorca.

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The Friday Night Effect review at Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh – ‘its flexibility leaves it feeling forced’ by Dave Fargnoli

Following a group of friends wrestling with dysfunctional relationships and inner demons, The Friday Night Effect is part miserable soap opera, part

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Catherine and Anita review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘slick, sick and unsettling’ by Dave Fargnoli

Successfully walking a tightrope between exploitative and insensitive, Catherine and Anita is a neat psychological thriller with a streak of twisted, pitch-black

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Friday, August 18, 2017

You Forgot The Mince review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘entirely convincing’ by Dave Fargnoli

Starkly examining an abusive, co-dependent relationship, You Forgot the Mince is a grim and affecting story lifted by moments of real warmth.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mia: Daughters of Fortune review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘packed with ideas’ by Dave Fargnoli

Packed with ideas and delivered with infectious enthusiasm, Mia: Daughters of Fortune examines the challenges facing parents with learning disabilities. A series

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The Unmarried review at Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh – ‘effusive and effervescent’ by Dave Fargnoli

Brash, daft, and occasionally, elusively euphoric, The Unmarried is a high energy monologue. It revolves around vivacious, vacuous Luna, a woman unable

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rupture review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘promising but underwritten’ by Dave Fargnoli

Set in a hermetically sealed society where unproductive citizens are euthanised to stave off starvation, Rupture is a promising but underwritten post-apocalyptic

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Daniel Piper’s Day Off review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘spot-on comic timing’ by Dave Fargnoli

Rambling, intentionally banal, but also undeniably funny, comedian and slam poet Daniel Piper’s second solo show sees him agonising over the implications

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Pixel Dust review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘frustratingly unfocused’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring anxieties about the impact of the internet on young people, Pixel Dust is timely and intelligent, but often frustratingly unfocused. Writer

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Mental review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘tightly scripted and smartly performed’ by Dave Fargnoli

In the opening moments of moving one-man show Mental, creator Kane Power describes the piece as “just a series of stories and

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