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Sunday, April 30, 2017

BWW Review: HOME TRUTHS, The Bunker Theatre by Gary Naylor

Home Truths nine plays paint a picture of chaotic and cruel housing policies that have shafted the poor for decades with little sign of any change coming - and it's also funny, warm and clev…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

BWW Review: DIVINE CHAOS OF STARRY THINGS, White Bear Theatre by Gary Naylor

Divine Chaos Of Starry Things is so concerned about the politics of revolution, colonialism and feminism that the stuff of drama is lost.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BWW Review: THE BRAILLE LEGACY, Charing Cross Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Braille Legacy tells the story of Louis Braille's fight for his system that allowed blind people to read by touch - music good, but book and lyrics lack excitement.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Royal Court by Gary Naylor

Nuclear War comprises elements of drama, dance, mime and song to create a dystopian vision of an alienating present that seemed both overly familiar and hazily unfocused.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, The Royal Court by Gary Naylor

Nuclear War comprises elements of drama, dance, mime and song to create a dystopian vision of an alienating present that seemed both overly familiar and hazily unfocused.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other Palace by Gary Naylor

Whisper House comprises some lovely songs beautifully sung, but lacks the narrative drive one expects in musical theatre.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

BWW Review: 2 BECOME 1, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

It's back to the 90s at the King's Head for a show brimming with that decade's biggest hits sung wonderfully well.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

BWW Review: MACBETH, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Macbeth's grim pursuit of power, with his Lady prompting and then agonising in the background, is brought to life in this low budget, committed production.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

BWW Review: HONK!, Union Theatre by Gary Naylor

Honk is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with an important message about bullying gently sugar-coated with musical numbers and light comedy.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

BWW Review: THE MUTANT MAN, The Space Arts Centre by Gary Naylor

The Mutant Man is a fractured, multi-layered telling of a true story of a man who was born as a woman and how his treatment at the hands of an exploitative, unenlightened society led to trag…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

BWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark Playouse by Gary Naylor

The Life is the story of two women living in New York in the 70s, one keen to get out of the sex workers' life, the other keen to get on, told through wonderful songs, beautifully sung.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BWW Review: ADAM & EVE... AND STEVE, King's Head Theatre by Gary Naylor

Adam amp Eve... and Steve has a bit of panto, a bit of the Edinburgh FRinge and a whole lot of great songs, but not quite the musical chops to reach its full potential.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Wipers Times tells the story of an underground magazine, written on the Western Front by soldiers for soldiers, the articles packed with good humour and a touch of irreverence.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16 by Gary Naylor

Philip Ridley's dystopian nightmare has moments of poetry and humour but is ultimately just too relentlessly grim and must be endured rather than enjoyed.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

BWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose Theatre by Gary Naylor

Naples is brought to London, as we track the extraordinary lives of Lila and Lenu in an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that overreaches itself.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

BWW Review: THREESOME, UNION Theatre by Gary Naylor

Threesome is often crude, sometimes boldly empowering and occasionally shows a glimpse of something more sophisticated emerging, but ultimately falls a little short on laughs.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

BWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican Theatre by Gary Naylor

Extraordinary, astonishing, unmissable five star production that brings three of Shakespeare's plays up to date in an electrifying production that should not be missed.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

BWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance Theatre by Gary Naylor

After Party sees tensions, long since buried, bubble to the surface, as one of the old gang returns from prison to settle old scores and reclaim what he believes to be his.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric Hammersmith by Gary Naylor

Seventeen captures a cathartic moment in young people's lives - the last day at school - but does not reach its potential due to a largely lacklustre script.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar Warehouse by Gary Naylor

Limehouse focuses on the events concerning the founding of the Social Democratic Party the SDP and the drafting of the Limehouse Declaration that led to it. Many, many parallels with today's…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

BWW Review: OVERTRUE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome by Gary Naylor

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

BWW Review: WISDOM OF A FOOL, LOST Theatre by Gary Naylor

Wisdom of a Fool resurrects the much loved Norman Wisdom in Jack Lane's respectful and entertaining show that charts his rags-to-riches story.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

BWW Review: HANDBAGGED, Jack Studio Theatre by Gary Naylor

Handbagged imagines what was said by Mrs Thatcher and The Queen in their weekly meetings to hilarious effect in Moira Buffini's award-winning satire.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BWW Review: YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM, Finborough Theatre by Gary Naylor

Three short plays introduce the writing of BS Johnson, a revered man of English letters whose influence resonates through the last 50 years.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

BWW Review: IONESCO - DINNER AT THE SMITHS', The Latvian House by Gary Naylor

Ionesco's absurd theatre brought to life in a handsome production that is full of wit and humour, but never loses its avant garde character.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

BWW Review: SWIFTIES, Theatre N16 by Gary Naylor

Swifties examines the obsessive nature of fandom, as dress-up and role play turns into something much more sinister in this reinvention of Jean Genet's The Maids.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BWW Review: HAMLET, Almeida Theatre by Gary Naylor

Hamlet anew in this technology infused but oh so human production of Shakespeare's great tragedy in which Andrew Scott gives us a warm, flawed, and eventually mad Prince.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

BWW Review: FLEW THE COOP, New Diorama Tristan Bates Theatre by Gary Naylor

Gary Naylor sees an energetic, loud and often charming tale of love in a wartime POW Camp.

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BWW Review: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Arcola Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Cherry Orchard retains its power to reach across decades and tell us harsh truths about a changing world.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BWW Review: THE SORROWS OF SATAN, Tristan Bates Theatre by Gary Naylor

The Sorrows of Satan delights from beginning to end, packing in witty songs, wonderful performances and a laughs per minute ratio as high as any in the West End.

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