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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Macbeth, National Theatre - Rufus Norris goes for drab, gory and tricksy by Ismene.brown

Rory Kinnear plays the homicidal Thane like a Mitchell brother on the rampageFair is foul and foul is drab, gory and tricksy in Rufus Norris’s first stab at Shakespeare direction at the Na…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Macbeth, National Theatre by Ismene.brown

Rory Kinnear plays the homicidal Thane like a Mitchell brother on the rampageFair is foul and foul is drab, gory and tricksy in Rufus Norris’s first stab at Shakespeare direction, Macbeth …

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Long Day's Journey Into Night, Wyndham's Theatre review - Lesley Manville hits ecstatic, fatal highs by Ismene.brown

A fine staging of O'Neill's family tragedy crowned by an indelible performanceEugene O’Neill’s 1945 play Long Day’s Journey Into Night is famously a portrayal of the hellish …

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Long Day's Journey Into Night, Wyndham's Theatre review - Lesley Manville hits ecstatic, fatal highs by Ismene.brown

★★★★ LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, WYNDHAM'S THEATRE A fine staging of O'Neill's family tragedy crowned by an indelible performance from Lesley ManvilleA fine staging of O'Neil…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Seagull, Lyric Hammersmith review – is Lesley Sharp's Irina a sex addict? by Ismene.brown

Chekhov's classic bird updates entertainingly, even if lopsidedly, as a play for todayThe awful mother, the celebrity-obsessed teenager, the mediocre old writer who wants some young sex…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre review – vividly funny amid the bleakness by Ismene.brown

David Storey skilfully probes troubled relations inside a Yorkshire bungalowThe late David Storey spoke movingly, elsewhere on The Arts Desk, of his sense of overwhelming powerlessness at th…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Sisters, Sovremennik review - 'over-conscious of its legendariness' by Ismene.brown

Celebrated Moscow company delivers something far from contemporarySovremennik is Russian for “contemporary”, and ever since its founding in the Soviet Union's 1950s Thaw, Moscow’s Sov…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Travesties, Apollo Theatre by Ismene.brown

Adjust your brain, and give in to Tom Stoppard's howlingly funny playTom Stoppard’s humungously funny play Travesties was born out of a piece of James Joyce doggerel about how a Briti…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

This House, Garrick Theatre by Ismene.brown

Sharp Seventies political farce comes suddenly bang up to dateThis House arrives in the West End with magic timing - a comedy about the farcical horrors of being a government with a wafer-th…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

All My Sons, Rose Theatre, Kingston by Ismene.brown

Miller's morality play fights to be relevant in the Trump eraWhat would a Trump follower make of a successful businessman who grew his company on the proceeds of a negligent decision, a…

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