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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Measure for Measure, RSC, Barbican review - behind the times by Katherine Waters

Stratford transfer makes much of contemporary resonance but fails to deliver Because he dramatised power, Shakespeare never really goes out of fashion. Treatments of his plays do though, and…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:48AM
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Shuck 'n' Jive, Soho Theatre review - a mixed bag, lots of promise by Katherine Waters

A self-described "performative wokeness festival" doesn't quite hit sweet spot but gets close Shuck 'n' Jive is an hour-long two-hander about writing a play about being black in a white indu…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:48AM
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Anahera, Finborough Theatre review - blistering family drama from New Zealand by Katherine Waters

A run-away child precipitates a cascade of questions with unintended consequences With power comes responsibility. One without the other is sickening -- and both iterations are on show in Em…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:12AM
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Barber Shop Chronicles, Roundhouse review - riotous theatre at its best by Katherine Waters

Must-see show takes place in barber shops in London, Lagos, Accra, Harare, Kampala, Johannesburg Emmanuel (Anthony Ofoegbu) runs Three Kings Barbers in London. His assistant, Samuel (Mohamme…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:36AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Napoli, Brooklyn, Park Theatre review - lacking substance by Katherine Waters

Actors battle with accents and a wooden script in 1960s drama set in a New York Italian immigrant neighbourhood According to their mother, Luda (played by Madeleine Worrall, pictured below),…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:33AM
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Education, Education, Education, Trafalgar Studios review - politics and pupils, mayhem and music by Katherine Waters

The future of education seen from 1997 and 2019 It's the 2nd May 1997, the morning after the night that swept New Labour into power. We’re in the staffroom of a school somewhere in Britain…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:33AM
Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Lady from the Sea, Coronet Print Room review - freedom to choose? by Katherine Waters

Engrossing English and Norwegian language production has some strong performancesEllida (Pia Tjelta, pictured top left) has a choice to make. The outcome of this choice will bind her future …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:54PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Human Voice, Gate Theatre review - unrelenting and sad by Katherine Waters

The end of the line at the the end of a telephone lineIt’s night, and the woman (Leanne Best, pictured top) is waiting for a phone call. She’s desperate for the voice of her lover – o…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:18AM
Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Jungle, Playhouse Theatre review - new territory by Katherine Waters

How many deaths would you survive for a second chance?"I am dead," declares Okot (pictured below, right) before recounting the horrors he survived to reach Calais. Each time, he says, "I die…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:36AM
Friday, June 22, 2018

Finishing the Picture, Finborough Theatre review - projections in a realm of mirrors by Katherine Waters

Depressed self-sabotaging movie star failed by all around herIn the early twentieth century, Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov spliced together images of people looking at things with a bowl of …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:36AM
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, Wilton's Music Hall review - pure entertainment by Katherine Waters

Larger-than-life history of Charles Ignatius Sancho distilled into virtuoso one-man showOne space, one person, one story, one voice – the monologue is theatre distilled, the purest form o…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:32PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Break of Noon, Finborough Theatre review - irredeemable? by Katherine Waters

Prolix play woodenly acted; its own satire?I’ve forgotten my wallet.

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:12AM
Sunday, May 6, 2018

Building the Wall: Park Theatre review - the nature of nightmare by Katherine Waters

Different Americas clash in engrossing two-hander set in Texas prisonWriter Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall imagines modern America in the not-too-distant future. The date is 22nd Nov…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:36AM
Saturday, March 31, 2018

White Guy on the Bus, Finborough Theatre review - a moral tale of Pennsylvania's divisions by Katherine Waters

Race, wealth and class collide in American thriller Ros and Ray are old hippies made good. She’s a hard-bitten, hard-working teacher in an inner-city Pennsylvania school where her pupils r…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:00AM
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Female Parts: Shorts, Hoxton Hall review - women speak out by Katherine Waters

Adulteress, mother and immigrant tell their stories in three monologuesHot on the heels of International Women’s Day come three monologues written, directed and produced by women showing a…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:22AM

Female Parts: Shorts, Hoxton Hall review - women speak out by Katherine Waters

★★★ FEMALE PARTS: SHORTS, HOXTON HALL Women speak outAdulteress, mother and immigrant tell their stories in three monologuesHot on the heels of International Women’s Day come three m…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:22AM
Monday, February 19, 2018

The B*easts, Bush Theatre review - Monica Dolan is almost flawless by Katherine Waters

Hectic monologue from smoking, drinking, fast-talking psychotherapist about women's bodiesLila had breast implants at the age of eight. Karen, her mother, is required to take psychother…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:14PM

The B*easts, Bush Theatre review - Monica Dolan is almost flawless by Katherine Waters

★★★★ THE B*EASTS, BUSH THEATRE Monica Dolan is almost flawless in monologue about women's bodiesHectic monologue from smoking, drinking, fast-talking psychotherapist about women'…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:14PM
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Collective Rage, Southwark Playhouse review - a rollicking riot by Katherine Waters

Absurd romp through love, lust, and friendship is a knock-out“Pussy is pussy” and “bitches are bitches” but Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage at Southwark Playhouse smashes tautology…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:30AM

Collective Rage, Southwark Playhouse review - a rollicking riot by Katherine Waters

★★★★ COLLECTIVE RAGE, SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE Absurd romp through love, lust, and friendship is a knock-outAbsurd romp through love, lust, and friendship is a knock-out“Pussy is pussy…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:30AM
Friday, February 2, 2018

Booby's Bay, Finborough Theatre review - a bit fishy by Katherine Waters

Play about the Cornish housing crisis isn't so swell Carry on out of London past the Finborough Theatre and you hit the A4. Follow it east as it becomes the M4, take a southern turn at …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:20AM
Thursday, January 25, 2018

John, National Theatre review - in for the long haul? by Katherine Waters

Annie Baker magnifies the indignities of embattled partners in emotional wars of attritionOn their return home from Ohio to New York, young couple Jenny and Elias (Anneika Rose and Tom Mothe…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:25AM
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Melting Pot, Finborough Theatre review - entertaining morals by Katherine Waters

New York refugee drama confronts anti-semitism with humour and heartIsrael Zangwill’s 1908 play The Melting Pot characterises Europe as an old and worn-out continent racked by violence an…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:04AM
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mother Courage, Southwark Playhouse review - this production is not one for our times by Katherine Waters

Uninspired treatment of Brecht's 1939 antiwar tractOne of the questions that can be asked of Brecht is whether for a modern audience his Verfremdungseffekt — or alienation effect —…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:48AM
Thursday, October 19, 2017

The End of Hope, Soho Theatre review - initially bold but not quite enough by Katherine Waters

Darkly comic two-hander opens daringly and goes nowhere In David Ireland's new hour-long two-hander – a co-production between Soho Theatre and west London's Orange Tree – two strange…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:36AM