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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THE COLOR PURPLE IN CONCERT – Cadogan Hall by Laura Kressly

Thunderous applause from the audience welcomes the cast as they take their starting positions. It is evident that I am in the company of committed fans and, being a show that I have been ena…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

RICHARD III – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

As the audience enters, Greg Hicks sits at a pub table on an otherwise bare stage. It’s impossible not to watch him until the house lights dim, and this opening sets the tone for the two a…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

LOVE IN IDLENESS – West End by Laura Kressly

It’s the 1940s. Olivia Brown awaits the return of her 18-year-old son Michael, whom she has not seen for four years. Whilst he’s been away, his father has died and Olivia has found love …

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

MANWATCHING – Royal Court by Laura Kressly

An anonymous woman frankly monologues about taboo sexual fantasies, abortion, orgasms and what turns her on. It’s honest, personal and as a fellow woman, easy to relate to. But rather than…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE CARDINAL – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

Shirley’s script, with its echoes of Hamlet, Othello and The Spanish Tragedy, is less philosophical and more action. Whilst this makes it easy to follow and immediately engaging, the chara…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

DISCONNECT – Ugly Duck by Laura Kressly

Imagine a production of Waiting for Godot with more characters, set in space, where the audience chooses the outcome of the story. What you are picturing is probably gloriously weird and kit…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

DOMINOES – Tara Theatre by Laura Kressly

In Dominoes, History teacher Leila and her fiancé Andy share the same last name – McKinnon. Andy’s white and Scottish, Leila’s half black-Caribbean. When curiosity gets the better of …

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

ROOM – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Laura Kressly

Originally a novel by Emma Donoghue that swept up the award nominations last year after being made into a film, Room is now a play. Adapted by the writer for the stage, it stays true to the …

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Friday, May 12, 2017

IDENTITY CRISIS – Ovalhouse by Laura Kressly

Phina Oruche has had an extraordinary career. Growing up in Liverpool to Nigerian parents and desperately wanting to see more of the world, she let her best friend Amy talk her into doing a …

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CARE – Courtyard Theatre by Laura Kressly

The Courtyard’s revival of Roy Mitchell’s Care, last produced in 1983 at the Royal Court Upstairs and now presented by the Angus McKay Foundation, interrogates a fraught young couple liv…

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THE MAGIC FLUTE – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

The King’s Head Theatre has been turned into a South American jungle, and we are invited to go along with the intrigued explorer Tamino, as he embarks on his journey to discover a world fu…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NO PLACE FOR A WOMAN – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

The commandant is holding a party for his wife. She desires champagne, but what she gets instead is a ballet dancer from the nearby concentration camp. A breath-taking narrative of uncontrol…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

HOME – Touring by Laura Kressly

Scarlet and Olive were left behind when the evacuation transport left their town without them. A dust storm has rendered their home a foreign landscape. They have five days until the transpo…

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THE PULVERISED – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

Does anyone really win under capitalism? Alexandra Badea’s The Pulverised doesn’t think so. Even though those near the top of the pyramid living jetsetting lifestyles and rolling in cash…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

COULROPHOBIA – Touring by Laura Kressly

Coulrophobia – Two Clowns Trapped In A Cardboard World is performed by Dik Downey (company director) and Adam Blake. The tragic twosome pull out a series of cardboard puppets as they froli…

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THE FERRYMAN – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Ex-IRA member Quinn Carney and his family have gathered to bring in the harvest. The celebration stretches back centuries and brings the extended family together, so Quinn’s house is crowd…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

DEN – Shoreditch Town Hall by Laura Kressly

The curation by Jacek Ludwig Scarso seemed solely to take every student’s unedited writing and plonk them in their own room. The show was twice the length it needed to be, and the audience…

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PETE ‘N’ KEELY – Tristan Bates Theatre by Laura Kressly

The spectators are cast as the TV studio audience; a flashing sign above our head encourages us to applaud. Unfortunately there isn’t much to celebrate in this production set around two-ou…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

BECOMING MOHAMMED – Pleasance Theatre by Laura Kressly

Becoming Mohammed, in its story of a young white man’s conversion to Islam and the subsequent familial negotiations of his journey, not only adds to the diversity on the London fringe but …

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Friday, May 5, 2017

ALL OUR CHILDREN – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

Victor is a paediatric physician and the head of an institute for disabled people under the age of 25 in 1941 Cologne. The Nazis have taken over the facility’s operations and it has been d…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OH YES OH NO – Camden People’s Theatre by Laura Kressly

Louise Orwin is asking big questions about female sexuality and desire, but she doesn’t have the answers. There are no definitive answers anyway, just individual experiences. To make Oh Ye…

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THE LOUNGE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Whatever your thoughts are about the inevitable march towards death, The Lounge is likely to touch on them in some way or another. Set in the lounge of a care home with characters ranging fr…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

TWELFTH NIGHT – Blue Elephant Theatre by Laura Kressly

What with the prominent use of music in Twelfth Night, an actor-muso production is certainly a reasonable concept. Original Impact also sets the play in modern-day summertime, playing up the…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

FLIGHTS OF FANCY – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Taking a cabaret-style approach lends itself to the wonderfully disparate stories – Korean Culture camp as a child, hanging out in Seattle’s cafes, a layover in Korea, and internet datin…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE BRAILLE LEGACY – Charing Cross Theatre by Laura Kressly

Sebastien Lancrenon and Jean-Baptiste Sauray’s musical, newly translated from French by Ranjit Bolt, is a devoted tribute to the french hero. It focuses the conflict between pro- and anti-…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NUCLEAR WAR – Royal Court by Laura Kressly

In his introduction to the Nuclear War text, Simon Stephens explains that as a playwright, he does not want directors and performers to revere him. Rather, he wants them to see his scripts a…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

BUBBLE SCHMEISIS – Touring by Laura Kressly

Nick Cassenbaum grew up in London’s Jewish community and experienced all the cultural mores that go with it – Spurs games, dubious summer camps, trips to Israel and discovering his willy…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

ROMEO AND JULIET – Touring by Laura Kressly

A self-described modern rep company, Merely Theatre is addressing Shakespeare’s gender problem with 50/50 casting. Five male/female pairs each learn a set of characters in two plays, then…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

THE WHISPER HOUSE – The Other Palace by Laura Kressly

There’s a lighthouse on a barren stretch of America’s east coast that has seen more than it’s fair share of tragedy. It’s now the height of WWII and the building is inhabited by the …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

GUARDS AT THE TAJ – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Epitomising opposing political viewpoints, the war between practical and aesthetic, emotional versus intellectual, and the disparity between social classes, the two characters each represent…

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

AROUND – Touring by Laura Kressly

Short and sweet, this half hour lunchtime show feeds feisty and giggly kiddies with a banquet of characters performing a range of tricks. A bearded ring master charms a female acrobat snake …

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