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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wings, Young Vic review - Juliet Stevenson goes high and low by David.nice

Arthur Kopit's poetic drama about post-stroke aphasia and facing up to death astoundsNow look here, Giles Coren: immersion in a great play well acted can send you out of the theatre fee…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Follies, National Theatre review - Imelda Staunton equal first in stunning company by David.nice

Glitter and be sad as Sondheim''s former showgirls gather for a momentous reunionOf Sondheim’s half-dozen masterpieces, Follies is the one which sets the bar impossibly high, bot…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Proms 34 & 35 review: Oklahoma!, John Wilson Orchestra - music triumphs, words and drama suffer by David.nice

Lopsided results in faithful reconstruction of Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreakerOnly one thing could equal the wow factor of seeing and hearing a youngish Hugh Jackman launch into…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Coming Clean, King's Head Theatre / Twilight Song, Park Theatre reviews - gay-themed first and last plays falter by David.nice

Kevin Elyot's 1982 debut has value, but his swansong should have stayed in the darkLike his smash-hit My Night With Reg, Kevin Elyot's first and last plays have a role to play in the hi…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

La Strada, The Other Palace review - Fellini's tragicomedy becomes a noisy romp by David.nice

Lively song and movement, but the special pathos of the film is smotheredHitting the essence of a Fellini masterpiece in a different medium is no easy task. Try and reproduce his elusive bra…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Mikado review - Sasha Regan's all-male operetta formula hits a reef by David.nice

Familiar company faces can't quite compensate for an odd choice of settingMen playing boys playing girls, women and men, all female parts convincingly falsettoed and high musical standa…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Three Comrades, Sovremennik review - well-oiled Russian take on 1920s Berlin by David.nice

Classic Moscow adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's no-hope novel creates a worldTime runs on different lines in Russian theatre to our own. 83-year-old Galina Volchek co-founded Moscow…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican by David.nice

Acting becomes being in Ivo van Hove's six-hour Shakespeare epicIt felt good to be encountering Shakespeare at his most political with a world event to smile about, for once (hailing, o…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Othello, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by David.nice

Kurt Egyiawan's Moor takes arms against a sea of production troubles, but in vainThere's no reason why ruffs and candles shouldn't mesh with bursts of contemporary speech, song and ligh…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hamlet, Almeida Theatre by David.nice

Andrew Scott, predictably unpredictable, is subject to Robert Icke's slow-burn clarityHow often do you leave a production of Shakespeare's most layered drama in tears, thinking "what an…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Richard III, Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican by David.nice

More or less a one-man show, but the denouement justifies everythingHated the Schaubühne Hamlet (same lead actor, same director as this latest Shakespeare auf Deutsch); loved Ivo van Hove's…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Beware of Pity, Complicite & Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican by David.nice

Zweig's tale of moral equivocation becomes a tense radio-play with optional visual extrasProlific, fitfully great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig's two biggest popular biographies, Marie A…

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Book: When Broadway Went to Hollywood by David.nice

Ethan Mordden's latest opinionated guide has plenty of entertainment valueTinseltown's relationship to its more sophisticated, older New York brother is analogous to Ethan Mordden's eng…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mary Stuart, Almeida Theatre by David.nice

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams electrify as four Schiller queensTwo rich, full December Saturdays of unsurpassable theatre, four great plays that grow more meaningful with passing time, a…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Once in a Lifetime, Young Vic by David.nice

Moving pictures and crisp talk as Richard Jones tackles a Broadway comedyAn amplified crunch in the dark, sound without vision, kicks off this take on Moss Hart and George S Kaufman's light …

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Friday, November 4, 2016

The Nest, Young Vic by David.nice

THE NEST, YOUNG VIC Moralising made real in Conor McPherson's version of a German hitMoralising made real in Conor McPherson's version of a German hitDo we see enough in the UK of conti…

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The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Hampstead Theatre by David.nice

THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Tony Kushner's revision of a 2010 New York drama contains multitudesTony Kushne…

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