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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘The eccentric inventiveness is thoroughly entertaining’: THE FUTURE – Battersea Arts Centre by Rev Stan

The eccentric inventiveness of what Little Bulb has done is thoroughly entertaining. Little Bulb Theatre: The Future, Battersea Arts Centre 2019. Photo: Adam Trigg I loved Little Bul…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

‘The writing is vivid & alive’: WOKE – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Apphia Campbell gives a powerful and engaging performance in Woke at Battersea Arts Centre and the play's message about how much hasn't changed is firmly nailed to the mast.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘A delicious modern twist to the play’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bridge Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is a delicious modern twist A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre, not only putting some power back into female hands in a play which traditionally treats women badly but a…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

‘It isn’t just nostalgia’: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Riotous in tone, occasionally chaotic but with an inventive playfulness Education, Education, Education successfully captures the optimism of the time but it isn't just nostalgia.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Breathtaking in its beauty’: BalletBoyz’s Them/Us – West End ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

From fluid, floaty, tender, strong, angular and jovial to grace, strength and seamless instinctive precision, that’s BalletBoyz’s Them/Us at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘An intricate & quietly revealing play’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is much to be gleaned from the subtlety of Country Music but it requires work and attention to seek it out.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

‘Funny & dark but occasionally underpowered’: THE STARRY MESSENGER – West End ★★★ by Rev Stan

In The Starry Messenger writer Kenneth Lonergan has gifted Mark with a dry humour delivered by Matthew Broderick in such a deliciously understated way you can’t but admire his comic timing.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

No re-admittance vs permitting latecomers – a story of missing the plot by Rev Stan

It’s not a joke waiting for a punchline, rather it’s something I’ve been puzzling over ever since I had my view and enjoyment of a play disturbed not once but twice by latecomers.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘Interesting & strangely intimate experience’: ANNA – National Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Anna at the National Theatre is a taut thriller and an interesting and different play watching experience.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘A gripping story told really well’: SMALL ISLAND – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Small Island is an epic story straddling Jamaica and England before, during and after World War II and exploring colonialism, racism, love and identity.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Celebratory, humorous & witty but doesn’t sugar coat’: F*KY YOU & PAY ME – Bunker Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Written and performed by Joana Nastari, F*ck You and Pay Me is described as a love letter to sex workers, it dispels some of the myths, is celebratory, humorous and witty but doesn't sugar c…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

‘Sometimes funny & witty, occasionally tense’: CLASS – Bush Theatre by Rev Stan

Class at the Bush Theatre layers marital tensions with social class tensions and the pressures of being a teacher and learning.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Epic battle of gods anchored in contemporary culture’: THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL – Kiln Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

In the same way that the Marvel Universe mixes superpowers with mortal flaws, the scope of The Half God of Rainfall stretches to another galaxy but all the time remains profoundly human.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘A kind of seductive circus of misfits’: LITTLE DEATH CLUB – Underbelly Festival by Rev Stan

Little Death Club is a cabaret of the late night variety, a kind of seductive circus of misfits and certainly not for the prudish.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

‘Gripping’: ALL MY SONS – The Old Vic ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

All My Sons is a gripping play, a slowly unravelling emotional thriller with masterclass performances.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

‘Beautifully observed, spirited, poignant’: FUNERAL FLOWERS – The Bunker Theatre by Rev Stan

Emma Dennis-Edwards has created a character that gets under your skin in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre. You laugh with her, feel for her and desperately want someone to ask the right…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

‘The play explores what lies ahead in the digital world’: Sounds Like Chaos’ Roisin Feeny on the company’s new sci-fi play & use of multim by Rev Stan

Sounds Like Chaos is a youth theatre group co-founded by Roisin Feeny and Gemma Rowan and their latest piece, Wow Everything Is Amazing, imagines the digital world in 50 years time.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘Murphy’s performance is a triumph’: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Cillian Murphy and writer Enda Walsh’s collaborations on stage tend to lean towards the surreal and avant-garde and Grief Is The Thing With Feathers is no exception.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘Giving white, middle class, liberals a safe, cosy, laugh-a-long environment’: ADMISSIONS – West End ★★ by Rev Stan

Is it part of the irony within Joshua Harmon's Admissions that a play about white privilege and the hypocrisy of white liberals has only white characters?

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Monday, April 1, 2019

‘Challenging the arrogance & entitlement of Western cultures’: CRY HAVOC – Park Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Tom Coash's play is inspired by his time living in Egypt and learning of how a gay man had been arrested and tortured by police.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

‘Becomes a metaphor for womankind’: EMILIA – West End ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

I've read reviews of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play Emilia that describe its feminist message as ‘unsubtle’ and the titular character’s suffering as overblown. It’s comments like that…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

‘It is funny & sad & angry’: Writer Kieran Hurley on bringing Fringe hit Mouthpiece to London by Rev Stan

Following a five-star run at the Traverse Theatre, Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley brings Mouthpiece to Soho Theatre next month. Here he talks about the play, the point of theatre and maki…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

‘Challenges your thinking & reactions’: DOWNSTATE – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Downstate is a challenging, difficult play with humour and wit inflected with wisdom, carefully balancing entertainment without detracting from the seriousness of the subject matter.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Warm, funny & perceptive piece’: RANDON SELFIES – Ovalhouse ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Random Selfies by award-winning writer Mike Kenny (The Railway Children) is the story of child loneliness in a busy world.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘You need the laughs because it reminds you to breathe’: BETRAYAL – West End by Rev Stan

Hiddleston, Ashton and Cox deliver precise, layered performances in a production that grips with tension. I think Lloyd has saved the best to last in his Pinter at the Pinter season.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘It’s an odd play’: DEAD END – Vault Festival by Rev Stan

There’s a lot we don’t know about death and a lot we don’t know about the characters in Kathryn Gardner’s play Dead End.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘Trademark van Hove is a good & bad thing’: ALL ABOUT EVE – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Ivo van Hove's production and stage adaptation of the film All About Eve is trademark van Hove and that is a good and bad thing.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘It is inventive storytelling’: LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE Of IRAN – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Mixing the more colourful and camp with the harsh realities of inequality and creative restraint for Iranian women is a powerful storytelling device in Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran at the …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘A gripping & intense drama’: THE SON – Kiln Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is a heartbreaking inevitability to Florian Zeller’s play The Son which is currently on at the Kiln Theatre. Nicolas (Laurie Kynaston), a once bubbly teenager, has become withdrawn s…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘I remained unsurprised & unmoved’: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – National Theatre by Rev Stan

Despite committed performances by Blanchett and Dillane, there is something cold and mechanical to what is going on in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘Interesting snapshot of an often overlooked period of social history’: THE ORCHESTRA – Omnibus Theatre by Rev Stan

Jean Anouilh’s The Orchestra is an interesting snapshot of a period of social history that is often overlooked.

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