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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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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘Refreshingly bold & honest’: COST OF LIVING – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Cost of Living is a refreshingly bold play, it presents disability in a matter of fact way focusing on relationships while challenging inhibitions.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Compelling & gripping drama that packs a punch’: KOMPROMAT – Vault Festival ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The 2010 ‘spy in the bag’ murder is the inspiration behind Kompromat, a new play by David Thame which imagines the murderer using a honey trap to ensnare his victim.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘I knew I wanted to direct this classic gem’: Kristine Landon-Smith directs The Orchestra at the Omnibus Theatre by Rev Stan

Jean Anouilh’s play The Orchestra tells the story of a third-rate orchestra in France just after the Second World War and it is a play that made a big impression on director Kristine Lando…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

It’s dangerous, edgy, sensuous & sexy’: Peter Darney directs Kompromat at the Vault Festival by Rev Stan

Peter Darney is currently directing gay crime thriller Kompromat by David Thame, which was inspired by the 2010 ‘spy in the bag’ murders and opens at the Vault Festival this week.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Sharp & witty’: ROSENBAUM’S RESCUE – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

A Bodin Saphir’s play Rosenbaum’s Rescue, directed by Kate Fahy, is an engaging look at the nature of truth and whether it is merely a matter of perspective or personal belief.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Pinter & misogyny post #MeToo: Was the playwright ahead of the curve or playing for laughs? by Rev Stan

Pinter Six of the Pinter at the Pinter season is the first that I can say I quite enjoyed but it didn’t stop a nagging question I’ve had for a while: Was Pinter a misogynist? I’m not a…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

‘An interesting idea to look at #MeToo from this angle’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre by Rev Stan

Liv Warden’s play Anomaly, inspired by the Weinstein scandal, focuses on the family of a media mogul who’s been caught up in a scandal that can't be hushed up by PR.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Nine plays Rev Stan is particularly looking forward to seeing in 2019 by Rev Stan

Starting off 2019 with plenty of theatre in the diary, these are the nine plays Rev Stan is particularly looking forward to seeing.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Can we move beyond gender-swapping roles on stage & write better characters for women? by Rev Stan

A theatre announces that a classic male role will be played by a woman and gets a plethora of headlines as a result. While giving a woman a meaty, lead role is something to be applauded, it …

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Rev Stan’s favourite plays of the year (& first six-star production) by Rev Stan

It’s time for Rev Stan’s best plays of 2018 overall, gleaned from everything I’ve seen – large productions and small, commercial theatres, subsidised and fringe.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Will keep you thinking long after you’ve left the theatre’: SWEAT – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Seven years ago playwright Lynn Nottage started spending time in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest towns in America and wrote Sweat based on her experiences there.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Is it time for theatres to reward loyal ticket buyers and how should it be done? by Rev Stan

When tickets went on sale for the concluding play in Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season – Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston – those who had already booked tickets for other, argu…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘Not so much one note as one emotion’: HOLE – Royal Court Theatre by Rev Stan

Hole, by Ellie Kendrick, is a mixture of speech, song, movement and music exploring female anger through a series of stories, themes and metaphors.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘Harington & Flynn prove themselves agile performers’: TRUE WEST – WestEnd by Rev Stan

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn prove themselves agile performers with quick-fire dialogue and sharp comic timing in True West at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘Fun, silly & at times interesting’: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Rev Stan

The Night Before Christmas is adult Christmas fare, counter-programming to the Dr Seuss musical which is on next door at the Southwark Playhouse.

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