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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

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 02:09PM
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

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 11:18AM

'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

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 07:09AM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Paul Mescal in a Streetcar Named Desire by Matt Wolf

In London, the Irish actor stars as Stanley Kowalski in a deeply empathic version of Tennessee Williams’s 1947 play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 09:06AM
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

'The Tempest' review — a cut down Shakespeare loses its magic by Matt Wolf

Problematic Globe production of The Tempest, starring Ferdy Roberts as a barely-clad Prospero

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 09:31PM

'Hakawatis' review — a storytelling sisterhood reshape Scheherazade's 1001 Nights by Matt Wolf

Pooja Ghai directs Hannah Khalil's play, a co-production between Shakespeare's Globe and Tamasha that captures in some essential way captures the zeitgeist

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 09:31PM

'Watch on the Rhine' review — Lillian Hellman's quietly explosive play haunts the mind by Matt Wolf

Lillian Hellman's prescient 1940 play is terrifically well served in a Donmar revival starring English stage veteran Patricia Hodge and a radiant UK stage debut from Caitlin FitzGerald

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 09:26PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Best of 2022: Theatre by Matt Wolf

In an iffy year for new plays and musicals, a post-pandemic London stage returned to life Where were the great new plays during 2022?  That question underscored weeks of playgoing that turn…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:32PM
Monday, December 19, 2022

'Mother Goose' review — Ian McKellen leads a megawatt pantomime for the ages by Matt Wolf

Ian McKellen is Caroline Goose in a blissed-out panto joyfully directed by Cal McCrystal and co-starring the indispensable Anna-Jane Casey as Cilla Quack.

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 06:41AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2022 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:18AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

'Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' review — a country-infused seasonal delight warms the soul by Matt Wolf

Robert Bathurst is a nightshirt-wearing Scrooge in a winning 1930s Tennessee take on the ubiquitous Dickens title

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 01:33PM
Friday, December 9, 2022

'Mandela' review - banal new musical isn't as pioneering as its title leader by Matt Wolf

Michael Luwoye, late of "Hamilton," has the title role in drearily hagiographic biomusical, enlivened only by its dancing

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 04:56PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

'Kerry Jackson' review — an offensive state-of-the-nation sitcom by Matt Wolf

TV actress Fay Ripley in misbegotten comedy set in east London's Walthamstow

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 11:47AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Review: In ‘Orlando,’ Emma Corrin Straddles Genders and Centuries by Matt Wolf

In a freewheeling London adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, Corrin plays a character whose emotions are as fluid as their identity.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 11:42AM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Best of Enemies, Noel Coward Theatre review - opposites attract, sort of by Matt Wolf

James Graham play hits the West End on the way, presumably, to Broadway Opposition (and history) are the apparent mainstays of the ceaselessly busy James Graham, and he conjoins the two to …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:06PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

'Henry V' review — a chilling anatomy of one man’s slide into savagery by Matt Wolf

Oliver Johnstone plays a notably brutal warrior-king in this deliberately revisionist take on Shakespeare's history play

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 12:49PM
Friday, November 25, 2022

'Baghdaddy' review — a poignant reflection on identity and immigration by Matt Wolf

Jasmine Naziha Jones takes the lead female role in her own debut play, which is very much a work of two different halves.

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 12:12PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

'A Christmas Carol' review — a festive story that serves as an emotional awakening by Matt Wolf

Tony-winner Owen Teale is the sixth Scrooge so far in the Old Vic's London iteration of Dickens's seasonal mainstay; Lydia White makes a notably charming Belle

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 07:26PM

London’s Theater Cuts Matter, on Broadway and Beyond by Matt Wolf

The cushion of state money let the Hampstead and Donmar playhouses develop broad programs with international reach. Now they must find creative ways to play on.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:12AM
Saturday, November 19, 2022

'The Sex Party' review — a limp and confusing play suffers from questionable stereotyping by Matt Wolf

Beckett specialist Lisa Dwan and Oscar winner Timothy Hutton head cast of the latest from English writer-director Terry Johnson

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 08:34AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

A Studio Ghibli Classic Comes to the London Stage by Matt Wolf

An adaptation of “My Neighbour Totoro” enchants audiences at the Barbican. Across town at the Harold Pinter Theater, a revival of “Good” takes viewers to darker territory.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:54AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Review: Praise the Lord for ‘Tammy Faye’ by Matt Wolf

A new musical about the life of the televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, composed by Elton John, makes spectacular entertainment from a righteous subject.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 12:33PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

'Marvellous' review — biographical play is filled with heart, but could use more art by Matt Wolf

Theresa Heskins co-authors and directs overinsistent adaptation of the life of Neil (Nello) Baldwin, a 76-year-old Staffordshire legend, which launches a lovely new West End venue

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 01:09PM
Monday, October 24, 2022

'My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?)' review — a celebration of being your best, most theatrical self by Matt Wolf

Rob Madge solo play comes to the West End for two weeks, directed by Luke Sheppard, of "& Juliet" fame.

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 12:46PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Dark Clouds Over London Stages by Matt Wolf

Productions of “John Gabriel Borkman” and “Blues for an Alabama Sky” conjure bleak atmospheres in two playhouses.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:25AM
Monday, October 10, 2022

The Band's Visit, Donmar Warehouse review - still waters run bittersweet by Matt Wolf

Feted Broadway musical finds an apt London fit Not much happens but, in its way, everything does in The Band's Visit, the gentle, sweet-natured musical that rather unexpectedly stormed B…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:43AM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

'The Boy With Two Hearts' review — a heartwrenching yet sanitised tale by Matt Wolf

Phil Porter adapts heart-tugging memoir that was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 09:43AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022

'Jews. In Their Own Words.' review — a series of remarkable testimonies and reflections on British Judaism by Matt Wolf

Royal Court verbatim theatre is both affecting - and self-flagellating

SOURCE: LondonTheatre.co.uk at 09:19AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Eureka Day, Old Vic review - fun if not entirely fulfilling by Matt Wolf

Dissent in the ranks in uber-timely American comedy Can a play peak too soon? That's the quandary that attends the Old Vic airing of Eureka Day, Jonathan Spector's on-point if overextended…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:13AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

At the End of Her Reign, the Queen Takes a Bow Onstage by Matt Wolf

“Handbagged,” a play that opened in London a day after Queen Elizabeth II died, depicts a clever, compassionate monarch. But theatrical depictions haven’t always been so reverential.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 04:25AM

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