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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TORN APART (DISSOLUTION) – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Tighter dialogue in the latter half and the addition of some physical theatre sequences give this update more sophistication, but a few of the original issues are still there. McNeill, who a…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS – Underbelly Southbank by Laura Kressly

Theatre can plumb the depths of despair. It can elevate human glory and achievement. It can stir the heart and still the soul. Or it can throw a fabulous party on a rocket ship full of beard…

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DISCO PIGS – Trafalgar Studios by Laura Kressly

An unreal Cork is the scenario for the darkly picaresque adventures of the two protagonists: born on the same day, Runt and Pig have grown up developing a close secret world of their own wit…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MAN-CUB – Etcetera Theatre by Laura Kressly

The keeper of the gates decides who is ready for the adventure, who isn’t, who deserves to proceed, who is sent home. Once inside the jungle, animal instincts take over.

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BODIES – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

What I expected to be an impenetrable piece for anyone who does not have children, or has ever desired to become parent, turned out to be 90 minutes of intense and highly relatable theatre-m…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

TOUCH – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

The bed is the first thing we see. The mess is the second. By the end of the evening, we see just how messy one bed can get.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

KLANGHAUS: 800 BREATHS – Southbank Centre by Laura Kressly

A dozen or so of us were led to the roof of the Royal Festival Hall where we were told to expect: ‘A multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound, colour and light, which reinvents the gig-go…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

MACBETH – St Paul’s Church by Laura Kressly

Even if the audience understands that Macbeth is about somebody who murders the king and sees witches, they still want to grasp what is happening line to line and scene to scene. When a play…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

HAMLET – West End by Laura Kressly

This Hamlet, freshly transferred to the West End from the Almeida, is a slick, beast of a production surpassing three hours. Undeniably contemporary, it does its best to smash the restrictio…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

DIRTY WORK (THE LATE SHIFT) – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

The performers are framed by a false, red curtained, proscenium arch that forms, like the show itself a facade: a description of something without being either of itself or the thing it desc…

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

THE PASSION OF THE PLAYBOY RIOTS – Hen & Chickens Theatre by Laura Kressly

Backstage during three momentous Abbey Theatre productions, W.B Yeats’ Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902), J.M Synge’s Playboy of the Western World (1907) and Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and …

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Friday, June 30, 2017

DOUBLE DOUBLE ACT – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

What happens when two experimental performance artists join forces with a few kids to make a kids’ show? Utterly delightful, if messy, madness. 1990s Nickelodeon is a clear influence, as a…

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LIZA’S BACK (IS BROKEN) – Underbelly by Laura Kressly

Direct from rehab, Ashley’s Liza is suitably glittery, lispy and pant-suited. This is not a subtle impersonation, but the receptive London audience certainly don’t want that.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

HIR – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Issac is returning home after a three-year stint as a US marine where his job was to pick up body parts after front line attacks. He longs for the peace and quiet of his nuclear family and t…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

BLONDEL – Union Theatre by Laura Kressly

This 1983 show has some great numbers, but its frivolity and insubstantial book focusing on a personal journey rather than the larger political landscape is diminutive rather than powerfully…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

HAMLET FOOL – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Anastasia Zinovieva is a motley clown who wants to reenact Hamlet, but it’s a big story to take on herself. She enlists seven people from the audience to fill the major roles and instructs…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS – Touring by Laura Kressly

Unfortunately, it’s a pretty terrible piece of theatre. The primarily verbatim script is the worst of racist Brexit voters pontificating on political issues interspersed with extracts of s…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE KITE RUNNER – West End by Laura Kressly

A father and a son. Two best friends. Immigration, refugees and global politics. It’s the mid-1970’s and Kabul is enjoying a time of peace and tranquillity. That is until a violent war e…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

I KNOW YOU OF OLD – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Paying homage to Shakespeare’s genius but not slavishly binding themselves to it, Golem! sticks up two fingers at Shakespeare purists who, with quivering voices, clutch their pearls and ga…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

THE MISANTHROPE – Drayton Arms by Laura Kressly

Exchange Theatre sets The Misanthrope in a contemporary newsroom full of gossip, affairs, backstabbing and cocaine-fueled all-nighters. Alceste loathes the way his colleagues behave, but fan…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

THE ENGLISH HEART – Etcetera Theatre by Laura Kressly

Politics is a veritable pick n’ mix of source material for playwrights, and new works inspired by Trump and Brexit abound. No doubt we’ll soon see a wave of hot takes on the debacle that…

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TRISTAN AND YSEULT – Shakespeare’s Globe by Laura Kressly

We are serenaded by a virtuosic Roy Orbison cover, foreshadowing the production’s impeccable soundtrack, performed by a slick live band. What follows is a show that is silly, scrappy and h…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

I HEAR YOU AND REJOICE – Tricycle Theatre by Laura Kressly

I Hear You And Rejoice is a tribute to the power of the single storyteller. Lighting, costume and staging are simple, revealing the power of the skilled actor. The result is a joyful play f…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE – Royal Court by Laura Kressly

Alice Birch’s new work, Anatomy of a Suicide, courageously investigates how the suicide of a mother affects the lives of a daughter and a granddaughter, haunts their own motherhood (or cau…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

THE ENCHANTED – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

This is a pretty piece of expressionistic theatre that pleases the eyes and ears, but its favouring of poetic ambiguity and metaphor over concrete details and characterisation creates emotio…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

PONYBOY CURTIS VS. – The Yard by Laura Kressly

Trying to write about Chris Goode’s latest Ponyboy Curtis show vs. is like trying to fit a hurricane into a canning jar. The energy, love and freedom on the Yard’s stage is irrevocably a…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

PUNTS – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

Deciding what is best is a tricky thing to do. It’s particularly difficult if you’re trying to do what is best for someone else. How do you know if you’re doing the right thing? Is you…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ROLLER DINER – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

The staff at this scuzzy, traditional American-style diner in Birmingham may not be best, but they’re happily set in their ways. Eddie, his daughter Chantal, her boyfriend PJ and part time…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

KILLOLOGY – Royal Court by Laura Kressly

Sion Daniel Young is Davey, a fifteen-year-old tearaway who roams the streets looking for trouble. A traumatic incident several years before, severe poverty and a well-intentioned but cluele…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Understated clowning, public failure and live music create a metatheatrical world of mediocrity that is meant to be challenged. A musician supports a showman that claims to know it all, but …

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I AM MY OWN WIFE – New Wimbledon Studio by Laura Kressly

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was a collector and museum curator in East Berlin who survived WWII and the the Stasis, and murdered her abusive father when she was a teenager. More remarkably, she …

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