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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Easy to forget the real people behind the headlines’: DOES MY BOMB LOOK BIG IN THIS? – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Does My Bomb Look Big In This? points out that in a world where sensationalist headlines are brandished as political weapons, it is easy to forget that behind them, there are real people who…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘The casting of this play is on point’: OUR TOWN – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Laura Kressly

All of the actors in Our Town create a beautiful puzzle of different personalities, dynamics and ages that really make their performance shine as a whole.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Plenty of panache & satirical social commentary’: OPERATION MINCEMEAT – New Diorama Theatre by Laura Kressly

The true story of a British intelligence operation is told with plenty of panache and satirical social commentary (and heaps of high camp) in smashing new show Operation Mincemeat.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Dark comedy is the tonal core of the work’: WHITE PEARL – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

White Pearl is a thematically dense play that tells a compelling story at a pace that matches the speed of social media downfall, but with nuance, tension and ferocity.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Occasionally bizarre & irrefutably theatrical’: DIE! DIE! DIE! OLD PEOPLE DIE! – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Yet for Norman and Vivian, the elderly couple in Ridiculusmus’ new show about ageing, time is a languid, sluggish force. Every weighty moment is stretched to its limits, threatens to stall…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘Stressful & exciting to watch’: DRAG BECOMES HER – Touring by Laura Kressly

Subtle Drag Becomes Her is not. But, if you are familiar with the source material and stars, there is no chance you’ll have a bad time.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Not clear exactly who this production is for’: DIDO – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Dido attempts to make opera accessible to young people, but it hasn’t gone far enough to create a vibrant, engaging story for adults or children.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible’: CLASS – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Class, a play from Ireland co-written and directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan, is set around a teacher-parent meeting in a Dublin primary school.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Quirky, lovely & completely self-aware’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre by Laura Kressly

Musically, Amour soars and Michel Legrand’s score is in good hands with the brilliant band and musical director Jordan Li-Smith.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Stylised & striking to watch’: THE GLASS PIANO – Coronet Theatre by Laura Kressly

Alix Sobler’s new play The Glass Piano is a full-length fairy tale based on the true case of Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, born in 1826, who convinced herself that as a child she had swal…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Part dance party, part therapy session, part orgy’: HOTTER – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

they have made a noticeable effort to share the experiences of many, to both hilarious and humbling effect in word, movement and dance.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘An uneasy but compelling tale’: THE AMBER TRAP – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

Writer Tabitha Mortiboy has succeeded in creating a succinct little world that feels very cut off from the town that must (presumably) surround it in The Amber Trap.

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‘The singing is really where it gets you’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

The dresses sparkle, the band swings, and the dancers fly at the Southwark Playhouse, where Ain’t Misbehavin’ runs through June.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘It makes theatre radically more accessible than any ticket discount scheme’: Putting the focus on virtual reality theatre streaming service by Laura Kressly

Virtual reality might be the largest innovation the theatre has seen in a long time, and it’s happening on your sofa.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘Wise & shocking’: Brawn – King’s Head Theatre & Touring by Laura Kressly

What makes some people obsess over fitness? That’s the question at the heart of Brawn, a new play written and performed by Christopher Wollaton under the direction of Matt Staite.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘A compelling creation’: MOUTHPIECE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Written with deft humour, Mouthpiece is a sharp scalpel used to dissect the highly sensitive and nuanced issues of representation, consent, agency and the ongoing ignorance between the oppos…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

‘Important story for our times’: FUNERAL FLOWERS – The Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Angelique’s story in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre is one that demands action and puts accountability on adults who work with young people. An excellently written, important story …

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘There’s plenty to like about this show’: WOW EVERYTHING IS AMAZING – Touring by Laura Kressly

There’s plenty to like about Wow Everything Is Amazing, particularly the young performers. But it feels simultaneously too simple of story, and one that was created by adults and foisted o…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘A compelling capture of a feeling that can eat you alive’: ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM – Camden People’s Theatre by Laura Kressly

Elephant in the Room piece still feels like it’s in development what with its simple structure, but its otherwise a compelling capture of a feeling that can eat you alive, and the struggle…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘An excellent balance between political rage & vulnerability’: LUKE WRIGHT POET LAUREATE – Touring by Laura Kressly

In May, the new Poet Laureate will be announced and Luke Wright thinks he’s up for the job. I agree. His lyrical, immediate collection of poems confronting modern Britain’s ills and prai…

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‘Harking back to a bygone era with fantastic panache’: QUEERETERIA TV – Above the Stag by Laura Kressly

To see Andy Bell as Torsten in Queereteria TV, relatively up close, in the flesh, was for me a piece of pop history, big deal again, nostalgia.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘Absolutely a play for our times’: PAH-LA – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

It is a richly ironic title then. Pah-La takes aim at the social and emotional structures of patriarchal revenge, and explores a radically non-violent alternative.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘As a whole the show is utterly bewitching’: THE CRUCIBLE – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

Despite a three-hour running time, this production of The Crucible is pacy and tense enough to be completely enthralling. Thanks to the power of the play itself, some interesting creative de…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Big ideas & goals underpin the writing’: WOLFIE – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

Despite Wolfie at Theatre503 being the first play from Ross Willis and certainly not a flawless one, it demonstrates a laudable ambition and sense of scale.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Highly visual & engaging production’: GOING THROUGH – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Estelle Savasta’s story of motherhood, unconditional love and the refugees’ perilous journey in Going Through is elevated and mythologised, brought dreamily to life in a highly visual an…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

ONE MILLION TINY PLAYS ABOUT READING – Reading by Laura Kressly

This charming kaleidoscope takes the model invented by Craig Taylor in his landmark play One Million Tiny Plays About Britain to present a few dozens vignettes about daily life in Reading.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

‘It is darker, more tangible, more real’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End by Laura Kressly

My mother and her mother, and their generation, faced a crisis: How to stay connected to their heritage and history when the history was so painful? The solution for many was fantasy: unreal…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

‘Deceptively simple & wonderfully surprising’: THE SHOW IN WHICH HOPEFULLY NOTHING HAPPENS – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens is a deceptively simple and wonderfully surprising little show for little ones, but grownups, particularly those with a penchant for the strange a…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Heartwarming & intimate solo performance’: PASSIONATE MACHINE – Touring by Laura Kressly

The world Rosy Carrick creates through video and storytelling in Passionate Machine is both a joy and an insight into the tenacity of the human spirit and the passion that drives us.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘Riveting & aesthetically smashing production’: RICHARD III – Alexandra Palace by Laura Kressly

Forgive me for blending my Shakespeares, but when I try to summarise Headlong’s Richard III, the phrase that comes to mind is pure sound and fury. And wicked good fun, too.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

‘A choral, beatboxing, rap-infused version’: FRANKENSTEIN – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Frankenstein is a tour de force. A choral, beatboxing, rap-infused version of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘live concept album’ manages to entertain and analys…

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