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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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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

‘There are times when the cast shines’: NETHERBARD – TheatreN16 by Laura Kressly

In a man’s world, Budding Rose Productions is creating space where women take the lead, playing the kings, the warriors, and fools.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

‘An exciting, alternative variety show’: BLACK CAT: BOHEMIA – Underbelly by Laura Kressly

Black Cat: Bohemia is a French-style cabaret show combining many exciting acts, including fire eating, aerial choreography and hula-hoop jumping. All of this is interspersed with lots of sin…

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

‘Pulls out all the stops’: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST – Shakespeare’s Globe by Laura Kressly

Never doing anything by half, Shakespeare’s Globe’s latest rendition of Love’s Labour’s Lost pulls out all the stops with a stellar cast, bringing laughter and joy until the play’s…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

‘What is the aim of staging this work in the UK?’: ON THE EXHALE – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

This is an important play and a convincingly guttural response to Sandy Hook, but staging it outside of America makes me uneasy.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘Exploring power & manipulation’: About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Seeing a Korean company stake a claim on Macbeth and intersperse the story with its own cultural myths and legends is a potent reminder of the relevance of Shakespeare’s stories and themes.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘Bright & fun piece of theatre’: LIGHTS OVER TESCO CAR PARK – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

This is a bright and fun piece of theatre, but young company Poltergeist Theatre is still learning the ropes. Silly, charming ideas aren’t always enough to give a show cohesion and clear p…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘Devastating critique of a state’s oppression of a minority’: A LITTLE HERO – White Bear Theatre by Laura Kressly

A devastating and often surreal critique of a state’s oppression of a minority, with a strictly limited dissemination in the country it was written in, A Little Hero is a brave first play …

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘Addressing a particular brand of disaster’: OUTSIDE / FALLOUT – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Doom and gloom shows are a dime a dozen at the Fringe, and these two address a particular brand of disaster with varying results.

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‘To see or not to see? I would vote yes’: SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE: HAMLET – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

To see or not to see? That is the question. But this is a hilarious take on Shakespeare’s famous Hamlet, but not as you or I know it.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

‘A collage of anecdotes and feelings’: 147Hz CAN’T PASS – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Ink Asher Hemp (they/them) is trans nonbinary. They are taking up space and they are not apologising in this one-person show with a bit of spoken word that overviews trans and queer issues.

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‘A milestone for women in the arts’: EMILIA – Shakespeare’s Globe by Laura Kressly

My hope of ever witnessing a true revolution for women in theatre began to disappear over the last year – until Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

‘Big-hearted & fun-filled’: THE THREE MUSKETEERS – St Paul’s Church by Laura Kressly

The Three Musketeers rip-roaring, swashbuckling, feminist historical romp the whole family can enjoy, especially in a heatwave.

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‘The focus is on excellent new writing that’s relevant’: A round-up of the Roundabout – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

The six shows at the Roundabout exemplify Paines Plough’s focus on excellent new writing that’s relevant and thematically diverse.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

‘Paints mental health issues with broad strokes’: FLIES – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Theatre doesn’t need another all-white, all-male absurdist production ridiculing vulnerable people. Whilst fun in its staging and innovative in its storytelling, Flies lazily exploits cish…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘Exceptionally funny & brutally relatable: EGG: Richard Pictures – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Egg may be a comedy, but the underlying message behind the sketches is that women are still underrepresented in comedy, in the workplace and are still being objectified.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘The perfect pick-me-up’: DON JUAN – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

The Fringe can be quite a draining experience, but Don Juan is the perfect pick-me-up. Honestly, you’ll come out feeling like a million dollars, and who doesn’t need that now and again?

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‘Heart-achingly beautiful’: THE FISHERMEN – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Michael Ajao and Valentine Olukoga capture the audience “hook, line and sinker” in this beautiful two-man performance about a family of four Nigerian brothers, Ikenna, Boja, Obembe and B…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

‘It’s a rare sight on the fringe’: KIN – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

The naturalistic play has a strong premise and it captures uncomfortable truths about families, but a few shortcomings prevent it from a truly searing commentary.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

‘Reminds us that we can handle our obstacles’: SPARK – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Using the word ‘strong’ to describe women and girls is redundant. Putting up with all the trash that women have to deal with as a result of their gender, on top of everything else life t…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

‘Bring all your feminist pals’: Fringe Wives Club’s Glittery Clittery – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

“We’re not here for your pleasure.” “Consent is hot.” The Fringe Wives Club need some merch with these slogans on. Glittery Clittery has everything you need for a cult feminist dis…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

‘Where will all the incels gather without reddit?’ THE ABODE – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

There are great intentions at work here, but the initial concept is flawed – ultimately it undermines the power that the internet and technology gives to the alt-right.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘The highs & lows are often extreme but convincing’: NO KIDS – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

This intimate, personal production from Theatre Ad Infinitum is an accurate and emotionally charged snapshot of the pervasive conflict between capitalism and the desire for a family.

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