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Monday, November 8, 2021

The Sugar House, Finborough Theatre review - appealing but uneven family drama by Mert Dilek

Alana Valentine's play about crime and poverty in Australia receives a spirited production The complex history of capital punishment in Australia may not be familiar to many Londoners, but t…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

albatross., Playground Theatre review - interconnected intimacies by Mert Dilek

An adroit cast does justice to Isley Lynn's complexly woven narrative "You need to get better at communicating", says one character to another in Isley Lynn’s albatross. Indeed, the same…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” at the Almeida Theatre by Mert Dilek

What does it take to stretch Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy to a runtime of over three hours? Not, as it turns out, a tedious crawl through the play. Rather, an electrifying but patient jo…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

E.V. Crowe’s “Shoe Lady” at the Royal Court by Mert Dilek

“Would you rather have one shoe or no shoes?” Viv is here to show us that missing only one shoe is not necessarily the better option. Having lost one of her shoes on the way to work, she…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Corpse! review at Park Theatre, London – ‘farcical revelations and reversals’ by Mert Dilek

Evelyn Farrant, the scheming actor at the centre of Gerald Moon’s 1983 play Corpse!, would like to believe that he is the

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Apologists review at Omnibus Theatre, London – ‘brilliantly performed trio of monologues’ by Mert Dilek

What goes into an apology, and what comes out of it? The three plays assembled in The Apologists approach these questions from

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Look Back in Anger review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘intimate revival of a landmark play’ by Mert Dilek

John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger is often remembered for its association with kitchen sink realism. Marking the play’s return to London

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over” at the Kiln Theatre by Mert Dilek

Antoinette Nwandu’s play Pass Over is a palimpsest. Its outer surface looks familiar: haunted by the ever-present threat of a murderous police force, two black men are paralyzed into inact…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tony Kushner’s “The Visit” at the National Theatre by Mert Dilek

Now that’s what I call a star turn. Hitting the brakes on an express train, Lesley Manville lands on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage surrounded by thick smoke, supported by prosthet…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stef Smith’s “Nora: A Doll’s House” at the Young Vic by Mert Dilek

A woman walks into her home. Then does another. And another. Stef Smith’s Nora: A Doll’s House is not merely an adaptation of Ibsen’s 1879 play. It is three adaptations superimposed on…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” at Wyndham’s Theatre by Mert Dilek

Towards the end of Leopoldstadt, a young writer named Leonard is handed a sheet of paper with his family tree on it. The chart spans four generations and bears the imprint of two dozen lives…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Crongton Knights review at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – ‘an energetic and engaging adaptation’ by Mert Dilek

“Tonight’s been a drama-overload,” observes one of the “magnificent six” in Crongton Knights. She is not exaggerating: Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Chris Bush’s “Faustus: That Damned Woman” at the Lyric Hammersmith by Mert Dilek

Could diabolical interference be the only way for a woman in 17th-century London to advance in life without being bound to a man? For Joanna Faustus, the answer is in the affirmative. So she…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at the Harold Pinter Theatre by Mert Dilek

The wilting characters of Uncle Vanya would like us to believe that their scenes from country life should not amount to much, except, perhaps, for an endless succession of tedious trifles. T…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Cops review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘undercooked play about police corruption’ by Mert Dilek

Set in Chicago in 1957, Tony Tortora’s Cops zooms in on four jaded police detectives trying to navigate a police force steeped

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Hamlet: Rotten States review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘playful ambition and genial humour’ by Mert Dilek

Imagine if the “rude mechanicals” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream were asked to stage Hamlet in just an hour and with only

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Shelagh Delaney’s “A Taste of Honey” at the Trafalgar Studios by Mert Dilek

It is hard to believe that Shelagh Delaney wrote A Taste of Honey when she was only nineteen. This increasingly textured and knotty play, which received its first—and famous—staging in 1…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi” at the Almeida Theatre by Mert Dilek

This Duchess of Malfi is a cool one. It is so cool that it has lost its gripping temper and, with it, some of its fire. A surprising drop in temperature, because director Rebecca Frecknall h…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Martin Crimp’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Playhouse Theatre by Mert Dilek

“You into words?” Jamie Lloyd’s magnificent treatment of Cyrano de Bergerac very much is. Refracted through Lloyd’s modestly masterful staging, Martin Crimp’s vigorous, insightful …

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Little Prince review at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham – ‘a joyously sparkling interplanetary journey’ by Mert Dilek

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved classic The Little Prince, this year’s festive show at the Omnibus Theatre promises a joyously sparkling

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Fairview” at the Young Vic by Mert Dilek

Fairview is a scorching minefield that looks like a green meadow. At long last, London audiences can enter the beguiling terrain of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2018 play in a flawless Young Vi…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Cinderella – The Rockin’ Panto review at Artsdepot, London – ‘somewhat baggy panto’ by Mert Dilek

Written and directed by Peter Rowe, New Wolsey Theatre’s “rockin’ panto” Cinderella lands in North Finchley with a glittery, flaming bouquet of

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Jude Christian’s “Cinderella” at the Lyric Hammersmith by Mert Dilek

’Tis the season for Christmas pantos across the UK, and there could not be a more ideal opener to this mad tradition than Lyric Hammersmith’s joyously woke Cinderella. Written by Jude Ch…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

The Wind of Heaven review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘rare revival of Emlyn Williams’ play’ by Mert Dilek

First performed in 1945, Emlyn Williams’ play The Wind of Heaven depicts a Welsh village caught in spiritual turmoil in the wake

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” at the National Theatre by Mert Dilek

Adapting novels for the stage is a tricky business. When the novel in question happens to be wildly popular and epically proportioned, the challenges faced by the adapter can escalate withou…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Celebrating Dramaturgy in the UK: The 2019 Kenneth Tynan Award by Mert Dilek

Founded in 2001, the Dramaturgs’ Network is the only organization in the United Kingdom solely dedicated to supporting dramaturgs and promoting the practice and theory of dramaturgy. Among…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tue Biering’s “Land Without Dreams” at the Gate Theatre by Mert Dilek

What’s the use of thinking about the future? What’s the use of thinking about the future in a theatre? Created by the Copenhagen-based theatre company Fix&Foxy, Tue Biering’s one-w…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The House of the Spirits review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘sensuous rendering of Isabel Allende’s epic novel’ by Mert Dilek

Isabel Allende’s 1982 novel The House of the Spirits is not an easy work to bring to the stage. An ambitious family

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Samuel Bailey’s “Shook” at Southwark Playhouse by Mert Dilek

The winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, Shook by Samuel Bailey offers a glimpse into an unexpected corner of the criminal justice system. It is set in a classroom, but not in a s…

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Shadows review at the Coronet, London – ‘tedious meditation on old age’ by Mert Dilek

Performed in Norwegian with English surtitles, Jon Fosse’s play Shadows has a conceptual premise that depends on a disjuncture between the actor

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Match Box review at Omnibus Theatre, London – ‘a towering solo performance’ by Mert Dilek

Grief can be a blinding experience, but it can also give clarity of sight. This is what happens to Sal, the bereaving

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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