All stories by Liz Dyer on BroadwayStars

Friday, April 15, 2022

‘A story about regular people finding their way in life’: ANOTHER AMERICA – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Bill Rosenfield’s Another America is not quite what I expected – which, it turns out, is the whole point. Inspired by the 1999 documentary film True Fans by Dan Austin, it’s not explic…

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

At Brockley Jack, Arrows & Traps ‘bring to the stage not one but two inspiring real-life stories’ by Liz Dyer

Returning to live performance for the first time in two years, Arrows & Traps prove they’ve lost none of their ambition as they bring to the stage not one but two inspiring real-life s…

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

‘Gently makes us aware of our own ignorance’: THE 4th COUNTRY – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Female-led theatre company Plain Heroines “make funny plays about difficult subjects”. That’s an apt description of Kate Reid’s The 4th Country.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

‘Expect very bad language, naughty jokes & drunken celebration’: A PISSEDMAS CAROL – Leicester Square Theatre by Liz Dyer

What if you fancy a festive show but you’re not in the mood for Dickensian drama? Shitfaced Showtime is the answer.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: My Name Is Not Wigs! by Angela Cobbin by Liz Dyer

How many of us theatre lovers, hand on heart, could name the wig designer working on our favourite productions?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

‘A great night out thanks to two strong performances’: LOVE DANCE – Chiswick Playhouse by Liz Dyer

Rose is a career woman who wants a baby but not a relationship. Adam’s a deadbeat musician who had a bad childhood and has zero interest in procreating.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

‘Tackles dark subjects with a deft comedic touch’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – Touring by Liz Dyer

Like the 1989 movie on which it’s based, Heathers the Musical has gained an enthusiastic cult following since the UK production first opened at The Other Palace in 2018.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

‘A clever & joyously silly celebration’: DOING SHAKESPEARE – Bridewell Theatre by Liz Dyer

Northern Comedy Theatre return to the stage with Doing Shakespeare, a clever and joyously silly play celebrating Shakespeare in all his occasionally incomprehensible glory.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘This is a tale of extraordinary injustice’: TOKYO ROSE – Southwark Playhouse & touring by Liz Dyer

Based on the true story of one of America’s most controversial trials, Tokyo Rose is a new musical written by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin, directed by Hannah Benson, and performed by an …

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Friday, October 1, 2021

INTERVIEW: Matthew Seager talks about the new filmed version of his 2017 play In Other Words by Liz Dyer

In Other Words was inspired by writer and performer Matthew Seager’s experiences volunteering in a care home before the pandemic. First performed in 2017 (when Theatre Things reviewed it d…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

‘Beautifully written & emotionally devastating’: Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough – Southwark Playhouse by Liz Dyer

Beautifully written and emotionally devastating, Cordelia O’Neill’s two-hander Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough sensitively explores the impact of losing a child to…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Writing, direction & performances of the highest quality’: LATELY – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Liz Dyer

Proforça Theatre’s Lately doesn’t directly address the pandemic, but the emotions it portrays – loneliness, loss and a longing for escape – are feelings audiences will relate to per…

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

‘You’ll walk away feeling uplifted’: DON’T SEND FLOWERS – White Bear Theatre by Liz Dyer

Don’t Send Flowers at the White Bear Theatre is a really thoughtful and enjoyable piece of new writing from My Theatre Mates’ Emily Garside, sensitively presented by a talented team.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

‘Not just great entertainment but also incredibly relatable’: FROM HERE – Chiswick Playhouse by Liz Dyer

The impossible “five years” question is posed to each of the characters in Ben Barrow and Lucy Ireland’s excellent new musical From Here – and each has a different answer.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

‘It’s a lack of action that makes the play interesting’: WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU – Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

The first in-house production at the Jack Studio since The Invisible Man back in late 2019, Wolves Are Coming From You by Joel Horwood is a story about a small community forced to pull toget…

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

‘Truly enchanting’: QUEEN MAB – Actors’ Church by Liz Dyer

Since last March, going to the theatre – like, actually going to the theatre – has become a rare and magical experience. But even by that standard, there’s something truly enchanting a…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

‘Throws us straight into the heart of the story’: DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Liz Dyer

Written, rehearsed and filmed in lockdown, Marcia Kelson’s Devil’s Food Cake sensitively shines a light on the impact of an eating disorder on one ordinary family.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

‘Powerful, personal & poignant’: TALKING GODS – Arrows & Traps (Online review) by Liz Dyer

You wait all year for an Arrows & Traps production… and then five come along at once. Unable to return to the stage just yet, Arrows have instead taken to the screen – and given the …

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

‘A witty, fast-paced musical adventure’: THE LEGEND OF MOBY DICK WHITTINGTON – Sleeping Trees (Online review) by Liz Dyer

The Sleeping Trees’ The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington is a witty, fast-paced musical adventure that’s full of surprises and will have audiences of all ages joining in from (and possibl…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

‘Entertaining & polished fictional thriller’: WHAT A CARVE UP! (Online review) by Liz Dyer

Tamara Harvey’s digital production of What a Carve Up! skilfully builds the suspense, while also systematically taking apart those in power who enjoy all the benefits of their position, wh…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

‘The show charts the experience of migration through six phases’: WAITING FOR THE SHIP TO SAIL – Chickenshed Theatre (Online review) by Liz Dyer

Waiting For The Ship To Sail is a worthwhile reminder that while our minds and our media may currently be focused on one crisis, that doesn’t mean other, equally urgent, issues have gone a…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

‘Compelling, provocative drama’: STICKS & STONES – Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

Written by Dameon Garnett in response to the ongoing debate around free speech, Sticks and Stones is a fascinating two-hander that explores how we talk about issues of race, class and privil…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

‘Intense & thoughtful’: MEAT – Theatre 503 by Liz Dyer

Meat is an intense and thoughtful play, which doesn’t spoon feed answers to its audience but instead poses a set of questions and leaves us to process them in our own way and within the fr…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

‘Powerful & thought-provoking piece of writing’: NETFLIX & CHILL – Drayton Arms Theatre by Liz Dyer

It’s great to see how Netflix and Chill has grown and the important message that now comes through loud and clear about male mental health and the responsibility we all have to encourage f…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

‘Fascinating, entertaining & surprisingly poignant’: CHAPLIN: BIRTH OF A TRAMP – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

If you’ve ever wondered how this particular legend was born, the play Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp offers a fascinating, entertaining and surprisingly poignant way to find out.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

‘Potential to spark lively debate’: FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT – Bridewell Theatre by Liz Dyer

As the Brexit debate continues to rage on, Harry Darell’s timely new play For The Sake of Argument considers the ways in which language can be used for both better and worse,

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

‘Asks some refreshing questions’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

As a slightly weary Twelfth Night veteran, personally I enjoyed this more sombre adaptation of the play, which remains accessible to newcomers while offering a fresh perspective to those who…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

‘A tough but fascinating watch’: Lullabies for the Lost & The Delights of Dogs – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

The content of Lullabies for the Lost and The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People is intensely real and raw and shines a spotlight on a variety of mental health issues in a very pers…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Polished & precise production’: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Tower Theatre by Liz Dyer

Pan Productions’ unique and memorable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest is the company’s first production in English, its cast being made up entirely …

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘Guaranteed to warm your heart’: SNOW WHITE – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

As always, Chickenshed’s Christmas show Snow White is a festive treat that’s guaranteed to warm your heart and send you home feeling a little bit better about the world. Who can say no t…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Delivers in style’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – West End by Liz Dyer

Before long the stage is overflowing with so much joy, romance and goodwill to all that ultimately, much like the snow song, this White Christmas proves impossible to resist.

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