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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

‘This show entertains from start to finish’: H.R. HAITCH – Union Theatre by Laura Kressly

H.R. Haitch is a brilliant example of the future of musical theatre in Britain and walks a playful line between politics and humour that provides an important dialogue about the ridiculousne…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

‘A compelling combination’: SEX WITH ROBOTS & OTHER DEVICES – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

Whether you like or not, time and technological developments are marching on. Nessah Muthy’s new play proposes that soon the technology behind life-like robot Sophia will combine with hype…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Don’t cohere as part of an over-arching style or concept’: AS YOU LIKE IT / HAMLET – Shakespeare’s Globe by Laura Kressly

Though there are plenty of positive elements across As You Like It and Hamlet, they don’t cohere as part of an over-arching style or concept.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Charming, funny & empowering to women’: PYAR ACTUALLY – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Laura Kressly

Pyar Actually plays an excellent role in increasing representation on stage, and it’s well-written and performed to boot. It’s charming, funny and empowering to women who may feel constr…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘A finely tuned narrative, but it ends too soon’: ISAAC CAME HOME FROM THE MOUNTAIN – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

With some extra material added to the end of Isaac Came Home From the Mountain, it would widen the lens to include the wider implications of these characters’ actions and add further weigh…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

‘Isn’t too daring or challenging’: NIGHTFALL – Bridge Theatre by Laura Kressly

Though there are certainly something things to like about this production of Nightfall – Rae Smith’s set and some glimmering gems of dialogue – it is largely a limping story with littl…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘Refreshing in its bravery to stage such simple storytelling’: RETURNING TO REIMS – Theater Berlin by Laura Kressly

Thomas Ostermeier’s production Returning to Reims is an extended examination of European class politics through reading and discussion of French sociologist Didier Eribon’s memoir, a sur…

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‘Evokes laughter & heartbreak through dark comedy’: THE BUZZ – Bread & Roses Theatre by Laura Kressly

The Buzz evokes laughter and heartbreak through dark comedy about how fame and success can cloud people’s judgement, and the lengths they go to in order to get what they want.

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‘Could clean up into a subtly subverting show’: SOAP – Underbelly Festival by Laura Kressly

With a reworking of the dance routines by a choreographer and the sexualised gestures and motifs replaced by explorative circus skills, Soap will clean up into a subtly subverting show rathe…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

‘Some great moments between characters’: GROTTY – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are some great moments between characters, and some laugh-out-loud dialogue – Izzy Tennyson certainly has a way with words. The cast is strong and characters engaging, but as a whole…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

‘Could be a show worth a lot more than toilet humour & jokes about impotence’: WORTH A FLUTTER – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Worth A Flutter written by Michael Head and directed by Jonathan Carr is a simple story of love and its complications that sadly misses the mark.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny & sends a strong message’: FOX HUNTING – Courtyard Theatre by Laura Kressly

Fox Hunting demonstrates the importance of theatre in bringing to light stories that are often overlooked and reminds us how close to home some of these issues hit.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

‘A worthy theme for a play’: A GYM THING – Pleasance Theatre by Laura Kressly

The issue of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in men is a worthy theme for a play, and Tom Vallen’s script for A Gym Thing presents it without veering into didacticism. With a more developed endin…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Hugely effective in its ability to both amuse & tug the heartstrings’: NINE NIGHT – National Theatre by Laura Kressly

It’s momentous indeed to see a debut work at the National and this excellent production of Nine Night, in all the clamour for a National Theatre that actually reflects the demographics of …

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Monday, May 7, 2018

‘Bizarre semi-satire on the selfishness of modern life’: ONE GREEN BOTTLE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

While utterly bewildering, the performances are so spectacular and the play is such fun you can’t help but be a little bewitched by One Green Bottle.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

‘Absorbing from start to finish’: WHY IS THE SKY BLUE? – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

What effect is pornography having on young people’s sexual and mental development? This is just one of the questions raised in Abbey Wright’s brand new piece Why is the Sky Blue?

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Friday, May 4, 2018

‘Truly involving & interactive storytelling’: FOR KING & COUNTRY – Colab Factory by Laura Kressly

Colab Factory excels at providing unconventional and immersive theatre experiences and For King and Country is no different.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

OFF–BROADWAY: ‘Intentions come from a good place’ for We Live By The Sea by Laura Kressly

Patch of Blue, the company responsible for We Live By the Sea, specialises in devised theatre that expands the conventional scope of audiences and here they share the life of a 15-year-old w…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Raw & truthful performances’: @shakespeareanLK reviews OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD – Touring by Laura Kressly

Ramps On the Moon’s Our Country’s Good delivers a production that seamlessly integrates actors with and without disabilities to produce excellent all-round performances.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

INTERVIEW: Umbrella Festival’s Peg Schuler-Armstrong on working with Oily Cart by Laura Kressly

New York’s Lincoln Center invited UK-based Oily Cart to be one of three theatres from outside the US to perform at the Big Umbrella Festival, the first of its kind dedicated to such audien…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

‘The gentle shedding of masculine tropes’: THE BEKKRELL EFFECT – Roundhouse by Laura Kressly

The Bekkrell Effect frames robust femininity within a reversal of circus trick formation that normally builds to a series of climaxes.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘It doesn’t really capture the city at all’: HOW TO BE A LONDONER IN AN HOUR – Centre17 by Laura Kressly

If you don’t know the city and you’ve not heard any stand-up comedy for the last ten years, spending an hour at How to Be a Londoner is a moderately entertaining way to spend your evenin…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘A touching & enjoyable watch’: THE GULF – Tristan Bates Theatre by Laura Kressly

The lack of social commentary serves mainly to enhance the play’s simultaneously entirely universal but completely personal quality, which ultimately makes The Gulf a touching and enjoyabl…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Excellent moments of tension & social commentary’: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CORRECT ASSEMBLY – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are some sharp writing and unexpected laughs from Thomas Eccleshare’s script in Instructions For Correct Assembly, and its marriage with design elements makes this a smart production.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

‘Remains as funny as ever’: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY – West End by Laura Kressly

As the play celebrates its second anniversary, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery’s continued popularity simply proves that everyone loves a good dose of comedy.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Mir’s writing is the real star’: COCONUT – Ovalhouse & Touring by Laura Kressly

Guleraana Mir’s writing is the real star of Coconut. There’s room for development but the ideas are there and it’s refreshing to go to the theatre to see something that feels entirely …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

‘Political theatre, but mostly it’s really funny’: SHOWTIME FROM THE FRONTLINE – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Laura Kressly

It’s easy to think you’re not educated enough about the situation in the Middle East to be able to join in conversations like these, but there is very little about Mark Thomas’ show Sh…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

‘A sense that something is lost in the upscale’: QUIZ – West End by Laura Kressly

Quiz transfers to the Noel Coward from Chichester Festival Theatre’s increasingly successful and relatively small Minerva Theatre. Sadly, there is a sense that something is lost in the ups…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

‘Brown’s intelligent music was aided by the swell of the live orchestra’: AN EVENING WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN – London Palladium by Laura Kressly

Songs for a New World, Parade, The Bridges of Madison County and The Last 5 Years – these are a just a handful of the musicals penned by composer Jason Robert Brown, and just few of the tr…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

‘Punchy, highly intelligent & at times laugh out loud funny’: DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

In his audacious new play Devil With The Blue Dress, Kevin Armento examines five women’s accounts leading up to – and resulting in – President Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘A very honest portrayal of family life’: REARED – Theatre 503 by Laura Kressly

“You look like a fucking idiot.” There was so much love in this insult, that with all the crap this family have to deal with you knew they’d muddle through it together.

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