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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Why shouldn’t you hate musicals? Adam Lenson’s new book Breaking Into Song has the answer by Louise Penn

Director Adam Lenson has something to say about musicals. In this essential text for theatre lovers, he challenges your perceptions of what a musical can, is, and might be.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

‘A lot of potential’: GOING THE DISTANCE — Lawrence Batley Theatre (Online) by Louise Penn

Theatres were in trouble over the whole of 2020, and many are still waiting for audiences to return to their pre-pandemic levels.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

‘The musical we perhaps all need’: COME FROM AWAY – Apple TV+ (Online review) by Louise Penn

On 11 September 2021, it will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. To commemorate the anniversary, Apple TV+ has filmed a performance of …

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

‘Literal shivers down the spine’: FALLING IN LOVE WITH MR DELLAMORT (Online review) by Louise Penn

Any new musical must bring cause for celebration, and so I approached this one with some interest. First planned as a stage production and billed as “the world’s first theremin musical…

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

‘A completely successful piece of digital theatre’: WALDEN – Cinemas Nationwide (Online review) by Louise Penn

Twin sisterhood, space, and the uncertain near future are at play in Amy Berryman’s debut play, Walden, which recently enjoyed a run on stage as part of the Re:Emerge season at the Harold …

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

‘Stylish, visceral & very contemporary’: SALOMÉ – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Louise Penn

Currently running in stage in the Little at Southwark Playhouse, Lazarus Theatre’s version of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé proves to be a daring, electric, and exhausting feat of theatre.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

‘Unapologetically both theatrical drama & a tense piece of work adapted for the screen’: THE SYSTEM (Online review) by Louise Penn

Paul is dead, killed at his own party. Everyone is a suspect, and most of them had a motive. Written and performed by Emily Head, directed by Guy Unsworth, The System is filmed live in one t…

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Monday, August 30, 2021

‘Definitely picks up the spirit of the era’: WARHOL: BULLET KARMA – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Garry Roost’s play Warhol: Bullet Karma focuses on the events around his shooting by Valerie Solanas (this ground was covered from a more feminist perspective in Femme Fatale).

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

‘Takes care to balance the comical & tragical with flair’: LOST IN LOVE – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Lost in Love is a new play presented by Flow Stage Productions. A brash and funny lady, Emily (Rachel Pryde) has something to tell about her life and the men in it.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

‘A strong performance in a play which will entertain film buffs’: Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies (the title refers to a Davis quote of some years later about old age) references the women’s lot in the Golden Age of Hollywood – exploitative auditions, …

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Friday, August 27, 2021

‘A good balance of humour & compassion’: TILL LOVE DO US PART – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Till Love Do Us Part isn’t one of the flashiest productions on the digital fringe in terms of its technical style, but the writing carries it through.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

‘Inventive & funny’: PLANET OF THE GRAPES – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Over on the ZOOTV platform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you’ll find Planet of the Grapes, a delicious livestream performed live in New York City. I’m told that on Sunday the city wa…

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

‘Beautifully written show’: MARIE LLOYD STOLE MY LIFE – Camden Fringe ★★★★★ by Louise Penn

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life is a beautifully written show, full of pathos and conjuring up the mores and expectations of the time – notably, both Power and Lloyd died prematurely, which high…

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Monday, August 23, 2021

‘Accomplished & memorable’: Suffragettes – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★★ by Louise Penn

Nuworks Theatre, from Australia, bring their lively and passionate musical (written, directed and designed by David Dunn, with choreography by Meg Dunn) about the fight for women’s suffrag…

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘Intrigues from the first frame’: EAST BELFAST BOY – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

East Belfast Boy intrigues from the first frame, and lends itself perfectly to the new format, redefining the boundaries between disparate art forms.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

‘Shrewd, sensitive & sad’: CALL ME ELIZABETH – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

In Call Me Elizabeth Kayla Boye takes on the difficult task of writing about, and portraying the icon which was Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011). Just like Marilyn Monroe, you feel you already k…

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Friday, August 20, 2021

‘It’s all sharp, funny & on point’: DEAD RINGERS – London Wonderground by Louise Penn

Celebrating 21 years as a hit radio show, the Dead Ringers team – in this case, Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey – have taken up a late August residency in the Big Top ven…

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‘So many moments which are brilliantly put together’: THE ENTERTAINMENT – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Originally planned to be performed live at Summerhall, Katie Bonna’s audio play, The Entertainment, is “about what we carry around inside us”.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

‘Emotional & fearless’: THE TARANTULA – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Written and performed by Patricia Légaré Eddisford, The Tarantula is just under an hour of monologue, a story that transcends its one-room location.

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‘Rarely falters’: MEET CUTE – Camden Fringe ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Quackpot Productions has brought fresh and quirky show Meet Cute to the Camden Fringe, in which Tim and Gill’s budding romance goes anything but smoothly.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

‘A real highlight of the digital fringe’: FOW – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Streaming now on the Summerhall Online platform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fow is a very clever and engaging love story from a deaf-led perspective.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

‘Captures the people perfectly’: BIG BIG SKY – Hampstead Theatre by Louise Penn

Not a lot happens, yet everything happens, as Big Big Sky’s premise is about ordinary people living ordinary lives. Under Tessa Walker’s direction – she has collaborated with Wells bef…

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

‘Very much of its time’: NANA & PAIGE – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Filmed entirely on Zoom, whether depicting calls or trips in the car or out into the garden. Regina Frod’s production of Nana and Paige is now streaming in the [email protected] platform at …

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘Clever piece of digital theatre’: Captain Condom & the Covid-19 Conundrum – Camden Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Captain Condom & the Covid-19 Conundrum masks a very serious message about sexual awareness and education in a funny show utilising the superhero theme.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

‘Full of emotional twists & turns’: PUSH – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Now streaming at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the Pleasance Online platform, Popelei presents PUSH, a filmed theatre piece about a woman and a pregnancy test. The language is weird, stat…

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‘Very moving’: LEAR ALONE – And Tomorrow Theatre Company (Online review) by Louise Penn

In partnership with Crisis, the And Tomorrow Theatre Company has developed a quintet of plays (Abdictation, Dissolution, Isolation, Desolation) which take Shakespeare’s King Lear as inspir…

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

‘Really explores what is possible in the online medium’: ITHACA – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★★ by Louise Penn

Currently streaming on the Fringe Player platform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ithaca is a one-person stage to screen version of The Odyssey.

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Friday, August 6, 2021

‘Punchy, lively & anchored by a skewed sense of reality’: MARRYING JAKE GYLLENHAAL – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Marrying Jake Gyllenhaal, a one-person show written and performed by Melissa Center, is a sweet and sometimes very funny piece which is honest about family and human connections.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

‘Witty, poignant, playful’: JOHN & JEN – Southwark Playhouse by Louise Penn

While John & Jen can sometimes veer into the sentimental, it does try to bring in numerous issues in modern America, and particularly succeeds in bringing to life the special bond betwee…

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

‘Tightly written & economically performed’: Don’t Ask Don’t Get, Baby – The Space (Online review) by Louise Penn

Written and performed by Alice Underwood, and directed by Izzy Carney, Don’t Ask Don’t Get, Baby focuses on what happens if you are a “Donor Conceived Person? Honestly I think I prefer…

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Monday, July 26, 2021

‘A special show for a special time’: COME FROM AWAY – Phoenix Theatre by Louise Penn

Based on the true story of how the inhabitants of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, coped with the diversion of numerous planes from American airspace on 9/11, Come From Away at the Ph…

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All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre