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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘Energy & chemistry fizzes throughout’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

Fat Rascal Theatre Company has created magic in its gender-swapped, musical parody of Beauty and the Beast.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

‘A story of war with an original twist’: BURY THE DEAD – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

Bury the Dead by Irwin Shaw paints a reality where soldiers refuse to be buried by standing up from their graves. Since soldiers, especially in WWI, were treated like currency the concept gi…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Maddie Rice’s talent as a performer is the overriding highlight’: PICKLE JAR – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

A masterclass in one-woman storytelling, Pickle Jar is delicately told in the intimate setting upstairs in Soho Theatre.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘It’s a tale that needs telling’: FORGOTTEN – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

Forgotten at the ArcolaTheatre is a considered story serving an important function on the British stage, but the scope of this history is too big for the current length and structure.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Thrilling from start to finish’: TAP DOGS – Peacock Theatre by Laura Kressly

Dance shows can be a tough sell, especially those that are strictly tap dancing shows. Luckily for them, Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs is far from an ordinary dance show. Full of tricks, energy an…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘This show – vocally – absolutely flies’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre by Laura Kressly

Scott Alan is a long-standing cult favourite amongst musical theatre enthusiasts and his most recent song cycle The Distance You Have Come weaves in his most popular numbers with some newer …

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘The script is tight & provocative’: WAR WITH THE NEWTS – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

This adaptation of Karel Čapek’s 1936 novel War with the Newts is set in a dystopian near-future where an intelligent animal species is first exploited by mankind, then rebels against the…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘One of the best design concepts I’ve seen for this play’: THE PAPER CINEMA’S MACBETH – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

I’m a sucker for inventive adaptations of Shakespeare plays, so Paper Cinema’s Macbeth, a live-action, silent movie version, is hugely appealing.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘Surreal & very funny’: Elephant & Castle – Camden People’s Theatre by Laura Kressly

Elephant and Castle is a joy, quizzical and gently thought-provoking, delivering sound performances from Tom Adams and Lillian Henley, underscored witty lyricism, retro sounds and daft, brow…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘Emotionally engaging & a rallying cry’: I’M A PHOENIX, BITCH – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Drawing on myth and bodily strength in an ending that encapsulates her fight, Bryony Kimmings inspires us to keep going through the rough times that try to drown us in I‘m A Phoenix, Bitch.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

‘Still works as a bright satire of the art world’: HOGARTH’S PROGRESS – Rose Theatre, Kingston by Laura Kressly

Hogarth’s Progress is an ambitious production that, although not entirely flawless, alternates moments of great fun with thought-provoking, timeless questions on the arts, life and politic…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘A difficult play to reconcile with’: THE ART OF GAMAN – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

The moments of pleasure are carefully balanced against the moments less satisfying, making The Art of Gaman at Theatre503 a difficult play to reconcile with.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Packs a punch’: THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

Joy Wilkinson’s The Sweet Science of Bruising, about ‘lady boxing’ in Victorian times, feels like such a riotous shock to the system. Best of all, it nails this with a story that break…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

‘The tension created is very entertaining to witness’: PEOPLE LIKE US – Union Theatre by Laura Kressly

People Like Us at the Union Theatre follows a group of friends and their monthly book club. The show is split into two time frames: Pre-vote results and Post-vote results.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

‘Some moments of brilliance’: A KETTLE OF FISH – The Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are some moments of brilliance in A Kettle of Fish and the structural disintegration is impressive, but sometimes the experience is unpleasant what with its confusion and instability r…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘A bold opening to an ambitious project’: PINTER AT THE PINTER – West End by Laura Kressly

Jamie Lloyd is embarking on an epic project: to stage every single one of the influential playwright Harold Pinter’s short plays over a six month period at the theatre which bears his name…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘Tries to take a new spin on a classic tale’: FAGIN’S TWIST – Touring by Laura Kressly

Choreographer Tony Adigun tries to take a new spin on a classic tale, but the story he tells cleaves too close to the original to fully do so.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

‘Overflows with passion, anger & joy’: POET IN DA CORNER – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Despite some structural shortcomings and a plot that doesn’t always thoroughly connect, Poet in Da Corner at the Royal Court has fire in its belly that needs to be in front of audiences.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘Certainly worth a watch’: DRIP FEED – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Drip Feed is certainly worth a watch for Karen Cogan’s performance and some really well-employed fairy lights.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

‘A remarkable, true story well-told’: ADAM – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Adam Kashmiry is a man that was born in Egypt in a woman’s body. From a young age, he knew his soul didn’t align with the gender he was assigned at birth, but it wasn’t until he discov…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

‘This production will stay in my mind for a long time’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall by Laura Kressly

If you close your eyes and I mention Arabian Nights what can you see? How does it feel, sound and smell? The description of Hoxton Hall will probably match what you imagine.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

‘Truly an incredible spectacle to witness’: 42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane by Laura Kressly

The fact that 42nd Street first came out in 1933 doesn’t date this wonderful revival of the show. It provides some good old-fashioned singing, dancing and tapping. Lots and LOTS of tapping.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘Sublimely silly, upsetting, radical & dark’: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

The New York Times listed Jennifer Kidwel and Scott R Sheppard’s razor-sharp comedy as one of the 25 best plays since Angels in America. Like a role-playing game that gets completely out o…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

‘An explosion of feminist energy’: WASTED – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

Wasted at the Southwark Playhouse is an explosion of feminist energy, a dark and angsty account of the lives of the four most famous Brontë siblings.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

‘An epic, engaging story of one family’: AN ADVENTURE – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Vinay Patel’s marvellous history play documenting a couple formed only partly through their own volition traverses decades, continents and the collapse of an empire.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘A little play with ferocity, venom & fight’: FABRIC – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Abi Zakarian’s Fabric at the Soho Theatre is a little play with ferocity, venom and fight. Though the story it tells is horrendous, it also fights back.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

‘This story is a fresh gust of wind’: ABOUT LEO – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

In a world where programmes such as Love Island are on primetime TV and cuts to the arts are the norm, About Leo is a fresh gust of wind.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘The staging is sharp & fun’: ERIS – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

John King’s script for Eris at the Bunker Theatre has some Greek myth references that give it a nice touch but doesn’t add much to the totally contemporary story.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

‘An engaging story that humanises addicts’: THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK & CRACK – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Combined with a good balance between the personal and political and their intersections, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an engaging story that humanises addicts and reinforces t…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

‘Struggles to translate big ideas into coherent storytelling’: THE DOG / THE CAT – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

These two, one-act plays explore relationship dynamics through a filter of pet ownership, though both struggle to translate big ideas into coherent storytelling.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

‘A high-octane show that rarely lets up’: EUGENIUS! – The Other Palace by Laura Kressly

Continuing from its stratospheric success earlier in the year, now-cult classic musical Eugenius! sets to stun audiences with another limited run at The Other Palace.

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