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Friday, October 22, 2021

'The Shark is Broken' review - A murky 'Jaws' backstory with impressive visuals and familial bond by Matt Wolf

Ian Shaw plays his late father, 'Jaws' co-star Robert Shaw, in a play the younger Shaw has co-written

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Monday, October 18, 2021

'Love and Other Acts of Violence' review - a pacy drama spirals with a contrived ending by Matt Wolf

Tom Mothersdale excels yet again, this time at the Donmar and directed by Elayce Ismail

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Friday, October 15, 2021

White Noise, Bridge Theatre review - provocative if not always plausible by Matt Wolf

Suzan-Lori Parks has tweaked her Off Broadway play to mixed results "I can't sleep": So goes the fateful opening line of White Noise, the Suzan-Lori Parks play disturbing enough to spark ma…

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

On London Stages, Brevity Reigns Supreme by Matt Wolf

A new work by Caryl Churchill, the final installment in Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell saga and a Larry Kramer play deploy their running times with varied success.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

'East is East' review - Ayub Khan Din's play continues to resonate 25 years on by Matt Wolf

Sophie Stanton in 25th anniversary revival of Ayub Khan Din's debut play

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Friday, October 8, 2021

'Metamorphoses' review - a collaborative approach offers a fresh take on Ovid by Matt Wolf

Ovid comes to refreshed life courtesy 3 playwrights, 2 directors, and 4 actors

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Nathaniel Parker on playing Henry VIII and working with Hilary Mantel on 'The Mirror and the Light' by Matt Wolf

The Olivier winner and Tony nominee returns to the historical well

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Camp Siegfried, Old Vic review - the banality of evil, brilliantly served up by Matt Wolf

Bess Wohl two-hander gets a superlative production A stealthily powerful play gets the production of its dreams in Camp Siegfried, which marks a high-profile UK presence for the American wr…

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Friday, September 17, 2021

'Is God Is' review - a fiery play that belongs to the here and now by Matt Wolf

Aleshea Harris play has a powerful UK debut at the Royal Court

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

In London, Musicals That Stay True to a Brand by Matt Wolf

“Frozen” and “Back to the Future: The Musical” are sure to please fans of the original screen works, without offering much more of interest.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

'Indecent' review - a radiant ensemble finds beauty in the quiet moments by Matt Wolf

Paula Vogel's play - delayed at the Menier by the pandemic - is even more moving in London than it was in New York.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

'The Memory of Water' review - revival is darker, yet wearisome by Matt Wolf

Time hasn’t been kind to The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stephenson’s play about three sisters brought together following the death of their mother.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

On London Stages, High Ambitions and Mixed Results by Matt Wolf

In “Rockets and Blue Lights” and “Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia,” British playwrights make grand gestures. Sometimes too grand.

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Jewish stories onstage: London theatres explore Jewish history through different lenses by Matt Wolf

Here’s one interesting feature of the London theatre as autumn hoves into view: for whatever reason, the capital’s stages are unusually alive to Jewish stories just now.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Delayed ‘Cinderella’ Is Worth the Wait by Matt Wolf

After months of pandemic-mandated postponements, the British composer’s new show finally had its premiere. It’s fun.

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A Quiet Summer at Edinburgh’s Festivals by Matt Wolf

There are fewer shows and smaller audiences than usual at the International Festival and the Fringe this year.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Sophocles rewrite ‘Paradise’, starring Lesley Sharp, is brave, bold, and bruising by Matt Wolf

Anastasia Hille and Gloria Obianyo join Sharp in a formidable female triumvirate in Kae Tempest adaptation

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Lily Allen makes an admirable stage debut in the scary and shouty '2:22: A Ghost Story' by Matt Wolf

Hadley Fraser, Jake Wood, and Julia Chan co-star in new Danny Robins play.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Carousel, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - brave rewrite doesn't land by Matt Wolf

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been tweaked but also flattened You've got to hand it to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park: this venue never simply dusts off a familiar musical …

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Carousel, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - brave rewrite doesn't land by Matt Wolf

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, featuring the great Joanna Riding as Nettie Fowler, has been tweaked but also flattened

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Monday, August 9, 2021

'Big Big Sky' serves up compelling thoughts on humanity by Matt Wolf

Jennifer Daley shines as a cafe proprietor called Angie in new Tom Wells play set in Kilnsea.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Anything Goes, Barbican review - an explosion of joy by Matt Wolf

Sutton Foster makes a sensational London stage debut, with Robert Lindsay and Samuel Edwards in sterling support

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Ian McKellen Returns as Hamlet in U.K. Production by Matt Wolf

As England’s theaters welcome capacity audiences again, Ian McKellen is back in a role he first played a half-century ago.

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Monday, August 2, 2021

'Changing Destiny' at the Young Vic is a few bricks short of a pyramid by Matt Wolf

Ben Okri play draws upon 4000-year-old text called Sinuhe, stars Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Power politics in David Mamet's 'Oleanna' make for an imbalanced drama by Matt Wolf

Jonathan Slinger shines in Lucy Bailey-directed revival of Mamet two-hander.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Bagdad Café, Old Vic review - sweet but scattershot by Matt Wolf

Percy Adlon's 1987 film reopens the Old Vic, directed by Emma Rice and starring Sandra Marvin.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

'The Two Character Play' at Hampstead Theatre brings 'new life' to the Tennessee Williams work by Matt Wolf

Tennessee Williams's 1967 study in meta-theatre returns to the theatre where it premiered.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Luke Brady on becoming Moses in 'The Prince of Egypt' in the West End by Matt Wolf

The musical's gifted and amiable leading man was keen to chat one recent day about the renewed thrill of being back on the boards.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

'Anna X,' starring Emma Corrin, is an electric, theatrical joyride by Matt Wolf

2019 play gets a commercial upgrade to the West End

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

In ‘Bach & Sons,’ a Composer Stares Down Death by Matt Wolf

The new play at the Bridge Theater in London and two other productions on the city’s stages examine characters facing the end.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

BWW Review: THE DUMB WAITER, Old Vic by Matt Wolf

Jeremy Herrin directs Pinter's 1960 two-hander with Daniel Mays back onstage for first time in five years

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All that Chat

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