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Friday, December 7, 2018

Doctor Faustus review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘classical with contemporary flair’ by Jn Benjamin

Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus was one of the most frequently performed plays of its time. Though its popularity may have waned over

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Small Place review at the Gate Theatre, London – ‘interrogates the ugly legacy of colonialism’ by Jn Benjamin

In a pitch black room, a woman clips an LED torch to the page and reads from Jamaica Kincaid’s 1988 novel A

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Hoes review at Hampstead Downstairs, London – ‘ferociously funny’ by Jn Benjamin

Bim, Alex and J are best friends. They’re 25-years-old and they’ve known each other since secondary school. Their closeness shows – they

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Sweet Like Chocolate Boy review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘nostalgia-fuelled adventure’ by Jn Benjamin

If you did your raving in the 1990s, you’ll know that Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s latest play takes its name from the certified banger

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Pot review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘resonant writing’ by Jn Benjamin

Ambreen Razia’s latest play, Pot, investigates the world of inner-city gang culture from a point of view that we don’t usually see:

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Bullet Hole review at Park Theatre, London – ‘striking new writing’ by Jn Benjamin

Cleo, Eve and Aunty Winnie live together in London. They are all survivors of female genital mutilation – it is their wounds

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Poet in da Corner review at Royal Court, London – ‘high-octane, game-changing’ by Jn Benjamin

For Debris Stevenson, grime was the pathway to salvation. Her Royal Court debut Poet in da Corner is a semi-autobiographical account of

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Other Place review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a compelling play about dementia’ by Jn Benjamin

In Sharr White’s The Other Place, Juliana Smithton (Karen Archer) tells the story of her life: she loves spending time with her

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Women in Power review at NST City, Southampton – ‘silly, funny and clever’ by Jn Benjamin

The women of Athens are sick of watching incompetent men run their lives, so they hatch a plan. Under the cloak of

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Emilia review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘the essence of a woman too long forgotten by the books of history’ by Jn Benjamin

Emilia Bassano Lanier was one hell of a woman. Born in 1569, she was one of the first Englishwomen to publish an

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Aristocrats review at the Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘sleepy production of Brian Friel’s play’ by Jn Benjamin

In Brian Friel’s 1979 play Aristocrats, Ballybeg Hall is a large and decaying house that sits on top of a hill in

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Friday, July 6, 2018

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill review at NST City, Southampton – ‘an otherworldly requiem’ by Jn Benjamin

Based on a book by Fred Khumalo and adapted for the stage by South African theatre company Isango Ensemble and playwright Gbolahan

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Jungle review at Playhouse Theatre, London – ‘atmospheric, stirring and profound’ by Jn Benjamin

The Jungle starts with an ending. Another eviction notice has been served in the Calais Refugee camp and the news has sent

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Play About My Dad review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘distasteful’ by JN Benjamin

When Hurricane Katrina hit the US and surrounding areas in August 2005, it killed almost 2000 people, displaced tens of thousands more,

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat: A Night at the Musicals review at Soho Theatre – ‘drag royalty’ by JN Benjamin

In the West End, musical theatre is usually performed under a proscenium arch and behind a fourth wall. At Soho Theatre however,

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: An Octoroon at National Theatre by JN Benjamin

Defiance is at the heart of its genius: Jennifer-Jane Benjamin reviews the National Theatre transfer of Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins's play. The post Review: An Octoroon at National Theatre appear…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘Paterson Joseph is irresistible’ by JN Benjamin

A black man born on a slave ship in early 18th-century Britain goes on to enjoy a career as a famous musician,

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Leave Taking review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘searingly relevant’ by JN Benjamin

There are few plays in British theatre that speak so directly, resonantly and truthfully to the experience of the black woman. Winsome

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Year of the Rooster Monk review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘fine storytelling’ by JN Benjamin

Giselle is eight years away from turning 40 and worried she is turning into her mother. She’s worried about a lot of

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Schism review at Park Theatre, London – ‘intriguing, but over-long’ by JN Benjamin

Harrison is a 33-year-old maths teacher. At his home in Chicago, hangs a solitary framed drawing of an elaborate building. It is

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Review: Red at Wyndham’s Theatre by JN Benjamin

Apollo and Dionysus: Alfred Molina is exceptional as Mark Rothko in the London return of John Logan's two-hander. The post Review: Red at Wyndham’s Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Mag…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Why Is the Sky Blue? review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘frank and funny verbatim theatre’ by JN Benjamin

People are learning how to interact with each other though porn. That’s message behind Why is the Sky Blue? (Or How to

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Nine Night review at National Theatre, London – ‘comedy and heartache’ by JN Benjamin

In Caribbean culture when a loved one passes, there follows a period of nine nights of official mourning. During this time, friends

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