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Friday, May 26, 2023

Aspects of Love, Lyric Theatre review - not much has actually changed by Matt Wolf

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1989 musical resurfaces, its luscious score and curious logic jointly intact Love may change everything, as we're reminded multiple times during Andrew Lloyd Webber's …

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

'Bleak Expectations' review — a Dickensian comedy that lacks character by Matt Wolf

Radio 4 comedy Dickens pastiche comes wearisomely to the stage, with a different guest star every week; Caroline Leslie directs.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' review — lively production is extravagant but busy by Matt Wolf

Michelle Terry plays Puck at the theatres she runs, directed by Elle While and with Mariah Gale as a female Bottom here called Nicola Bottome

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Monday, May 22, 2023

'The Comedy of Errors' review — Sean Holmes's production finds emotional depth amid the comedy by Matt Wolf

Season opener at Shakespeare's Globe captures the shifting moods of early Shakespeare comedy; Michael Elcock, late of the musical Hex, co-stars.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

‘Brokeback Mountain,’ Onstage, Lacks Some Intensity by Matt Wolf

A new West End adaptation, starring Lucas Hedges and Mike Faist, recasts Annie Proulx’s 1997 short story as a memory play.

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Monday, May 15, 2023

'Christina Bianco: In Divine Company' review — a musical revue honours a dizzying array of divas by Matt Wolf

Christina Bianco brings her exuberant solo show to the Menier for a short, very sweet run, with Ryan MacKenzie her ace accompanist

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Monday, May 8, 2023

The Motive and the Cue, National Theatre review - theatrical titans face off by Matt Wolf

Play about a onetime Broadway smash surely has Broadway in its sights Plays about the theatre are many and varied, from Gypsy and Noises Off to the numerous Shakespeare works that absorb the…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

'Dixon and Daughters' review — Brid Brennan commands a visceral, hotheaded play by Matt Wolf

Onetime Tony-winner Brid Brennan ("Dancing at Lughnasa") delivers bigtime as a fierce matriarch fresh out of prison

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

'The Secret Life of Bees' review — a buzzy adaptation isn't as sweet as honey by Matt Wolf

2019 Off Broadway musical comes to London in a powerfully sung production directed by Whitney White and starring Eleanor Worthington-Cox, a onetime Matilda

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Dancing at Lughnasa, National Theatre review - largely ravishing Brian Friel revival by Matt Wolf

Modern-day classic returns to the building where it was first seen in London It's saying a lot when a production lives up to its gasp-inducing set. That's the happy case with Josie Rourke's …

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Private Lives, Donmar Warehouse review - Coward revival cuts to the quick by Matt Wolf

Comedy classic plays up the pain that comes with pleasure It's not often with Private Lives that you feel Amanda and Elyot are one step away from a visit to A&E. But such is the startli…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Review: ‘A Little Life’ Is Quite a Lot by Matt Wolf

Self-harm, lashings, child prostitution, rape: Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of the 2015 novel tests the audience’s trauma threshold.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

'BLACK SUPERHERO' review — a charismatic carnival of incident and emotion by Matt Wolf

Olivier nominee Danny Lee Wynter makes his playwriting debut in a play starring himself, Ako Mitchell, and Dyllón Burnside, from the TV series 'Pose'

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

'Eugenius!' review — no superhero could save this muddled musical by Matt Wolf

Elliott Evans takes the title role in this latest iteration of a still-problematic, slow-aborning musical, here directed by Hannah Chissick

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

'Further than the Furthest Thing' review — a deeply visceral play finds meaning in the mysterious by Matt Wolf

Jenna Russell, in a break from her storied musicals career, plays the Scotswoman, Mill, in this fine revival of Zinnie Harris's elliptical if intriguing 2000 play, seen off Broadway in 2002

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

'Marjorie Prime' review — an eerie look at AI's future potential by Matt Wolf

Anne Reid inherits Lois Smith's stage and screen role as Marjorie, opposite Olivier nominee Richard Fleeshman, late of the West End "Company"

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Review: A Mobile Audience for a Moving ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Matt Wolf

Nicholas Hytner’s heartbreaking ambulatory staging, at the Bridge Theater in London, finds new depths in the classic Broadway musical.

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Shirley Valentine, Duke of York's Theatre review - Sheridan Smith slays it by Matt Wolf

Willy Russell's play gets a renewed lease on life Can lightning strike twice? Very much so, when it comes to Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell's much-revived solo play which I saw back in th…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Review: ‘The Great British Bake Off Musical’ is Sweet but Underbaked by Matt Wolf

In London, a stage show based on the popular TV series tries to capture the warmhearted appeal of the original.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

'Trouble in Butetown' review — Tinuke Craig brings WWII Cardiff to life by Matt Wolf

The director Tinuke Craig follows up last summer's 'Jitney' with another bustling, boisterous play, this one a premiere from the Nigerian-British writer Diana Nneka Atuona; Sarah Parish star…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

'The Winter's Tale' review — Shakespeare's play is cleverly reinvented for the ages by Matt Wolf

Sergo Vares and John Lightbody head the cast in Shakespeare's late Romance, which utilises both stages at the Globe for the first time.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

'Women, Beware the Devil' review — Rupert Goold directs a stylish play with little substance by Matt Wolf

Lydia Leonard, late of "Oslo," leads the cast of young writer Lulu Raczka's Jacobean mash-up, directed for the Almeida by the busy Rupert Goold.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

On London Stages, Finding Something Fresh in Tragedy by Matt Wolf

New productions of “Medea” and “Phaedra” feature outstanding performances from Sophie Okonedo and Janet McTeer as women pushed to the edge.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

'Graceland' review — Sabrina Wu superbly performs a show better suited for the page by Matt Wolf

Sabrina Wu, recently seen in "The Doctor," graduates to the solo part in critic-turned-playwright Ava Wong Davies's anatomy of love and loss

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ and ‘Sylvia’ Energize British Musicals by Matt Wolf

The art form needs to make room for lesser-known names, to refresh and enlarge the talent pool, our critic writes.

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

'The Lehman Trilogy' review — epic play continues to astonish with new cast by Matt Wolf

Hadley Fraser leads adroit new cast in third separate London showing of Ben Power's five-time Tony-winning play.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

'2:22 - A Ghost Story' review — Cheryl triumphs in her West End debut by Matt Wolf

Onetime Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl makes a terrific West End debut in newly apposite thriller from Danny Robins

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Friday, February 3, 2023

'Titus Andronicus' review — Jude Christian adds a revelatory sleekness to Shakespeare's bloodiest play by Matt Wolf

Katy Stephens is a magnificent, maleficent Titus in Jude Christian's all-female production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, complete with original songs

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

'Sound of the Underground' review — a full-bodied celebration of the drag scene by Matt Wolf

London's underground queer culture comes "above ground" for deliberately formless Royal Court show

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Friday, January 20, 2023

The Unfriend' review — Steven Moffat's debut play is an irresistible comic thriller by Matt Wolf

TV writer Steven Moffat, of Sherlock and Doctor Who renown, crosses over to the stage in a starry production headed by the wonderful Reece Shearsmith

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'Alex Edelman: Just For Us' review — a whipsmart blend of personal and political comedy by Matt Wolf

Alex Edelman brings his superb Off Broadway hit back to London, where it was previously seen pre-pandemic

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