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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘Mixes sharp wit & clever satire with utter silliness & slapstick’: UPSTART CROW – West End ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

It doesn’t matter if you've never seen Ben Elton’s TV comedy series Upstart Crow (I hadn’t) as the stage play is a stand-alone piece

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Monday, February 10, 2020

‘It is Cumming’s performance which you are drawn to’: ENDGAME – Old Vic ★★★★ by Rev Stan

It is stuffed dogs, ladders and individual performances in Endgame which stay with me rather than anything more philosophical about the human condition.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

‘Meaty, emotional & funny play’: ALBION – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Albion is a meaty, emotional and funny play with a superb Victoria Hamilton drawing out the complexity of Audrey, even if you don't feel sorry for her.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘Drama is somewhat lacking’: THE SUNSET LIMITED – Boulevard Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Cormac McCarthy isn’t known for cheery topics as anyone who has sat through (or read) The Road will testify and his play The Sunset Limited is no exception.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

‘Funny, haunting, moving & strangely uplifting’: YOU STUPID DARKNESS! – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Given everything that is going on in the world politically and environmentally You Stupid Darkness! feels like it has captured the mood, the battle to stay cheerful and hopeful when everythi…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Emotionally vivid’: Lullabies for the Lost – Old Red Lion Theatre by Rev Stan

Lullabies For the Lost is one of two plays by Rosalind Blessed about mental health that are being performed in rep at the Old Red Lion.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘The atmosphere was one of unalloyed fun’: LEXICON – Roundhouse ★★★★ by Rev Stan

While I’ve seen circus shows with more thrilling moments, the air of carefree fun and mischief in Lexicon made me laugh out loud and put a smile on my face.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

‘Enjoyable & gripping production’: THE DUCHESS OF MALFI – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

A magnetic stage presence, Lydia Wilson is a strong woman in The Duchess Of Malfi, clever, kind, stoic and justifiably angry. It makes her an all the more tragic figure.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

10 plays from the past 10 years that stand out by Rev Stan

Here is a snapshot of my favourite theatre from the past 10 years, the plays that stand out most in my memory, the ones I talk about if people ask.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

‘Thought-provoking, challenging, gripping & entertaining’: A KIND OF PEOPLE – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

While A Kind of People generates a lot of laughter it is nonetheless an uncompromising reflection of modern British society that sometimes makes for uncomfortable viewing.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Fun & clever dark comedy’: TEENAGE DICK – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Teenage Dick is one of those play titles you have to be careful mentioning or googling, a bit like Cock at the Royal Court – but it is wholly appropriate for Mike Lew’s play.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘The beauty and rawness of it pull you in’: CYRANO DE BERGERAC – West End ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The beauty and rawness of Cyrano de Bergerac pull you in and envelopes you and the performances combined with the tragedy of the story haunted me for days.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

‘I loved the cheekiness of its approach’: LAND WITHOUT DREAMS – Gate Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Land Without Dreams at the Gate Theatre is a surreal, existential meta ‘drama’ created by Danish company Fix & Foxy.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘It is theatre that sends a powerful message’: QUEENS OF SHEBA – Touring ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Queens of Sheba is a play of contrasts it is angry and joyous, fun and sad, quietly contemplative and in your face loud.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

‘Great, grown-up entertainment’: LA CLIQUE – Leicester Square Spiegeltent ★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is a festive start to the La Clique cabaret of song and acrobatic show but naturally, it is ironic. This is the church of misfits and weirdos where difference is celebrated in a decade…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘So pitch black that you struggle to see where the laughs are’: VASSA – Almeida Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Vassa, adapted from Maxim Gorky’s original by Mike Bartlett, is a pitch-black comedy rather than a farce, so pitch black that you struggle to see where the laughs are.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

‘Comedy doesn’t always stick’: THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT – West End ★★★ by Rev Stan

Sean Foley’s adaptation of the 1950s Ealing comedy The Man In The White Suit stars Stephen Mangan as clever but hapless scientist Sidney and Kara Tointon as Daphne, a posh, mill owner's da…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

‘It swells your heart & breaks it’: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Peter Nichols’ 1967 comedy A Day In The Death of Joe Egg demonstrates both how far we’ve come in our treatment of and attitudes towards disability but equally how the moral dilemmas and …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘A slow build to an explosive picture’: MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS – National Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Master Harold & The Boys is a play about lessons and devastating loss, about how you can't dance around injustice and its impact.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

‘Cruttenden’s performance is one of subtle conflict’: BLACK CHIFFON – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Black Chiffon is an interesting play, slowly building enough psychological intrigue and drama to keep you hooked.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

‘Heart-wrenching performances’: APPROPRIATE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Appropriate isn't my favourite Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play but it has enough in it of what I love about his writing to enjoy.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

‘Delving beneath the surface of labels & stereotypes’: THE DOCTOR – Almeida Theatre by Rev Stan

The performances are superb in The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre, Juliet Stevenson is as formidable as her character and Ria Zmitrowicz's dry one-liners are a refreshing light relief particu…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

‘Tense & gripping’: ACTUALLY – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Actually is a complex play that explores more than consent, it raises questions about attitudes towards sex and relationships, race, religion, upbringing and family.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

‘A lesson in embracing the simple pleasures’: THE COLOURS – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Harriet Madeley's The Colours is a verbatim play based on interviews with people with life-limiting illnesses and those working in palliative care.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

‘The start of something really powerful’: TREE – Young Vic Theatre by Rev Stan

There is much to applaud in Tree but it feels like a play that is more about the spectacle and experience than a substantial exploration of meaty issues which is fine to a point.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

‘More satire, please’: THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE – Park Theatre by Rev Stan

The Actor's Nightmare is six short plays, linked by themes of acting, theatre and performance and brought together for the first time at the Park Theatre.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

‘Expertly draws out the growing anticipation’: EQUUS – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Equus is an intriguing play, part psychological thriller, part mirror to the human condition and this is an almost thoroughbred production.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

‘There isn’t time to get bored’: THE ILLUSIONISTS – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

The Illusionists are back in London for the summer season with their mix of illusion, thrilling feats, humour and family fun.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

‘Fiercely intelligent & keenly observed’: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

London’s theatre scene is awash with productions which offer a ‘fresh’ take on classics but Jasmine Lee-Jones’ play Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner demonstrates exactly what re…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

‘Gets off to a punchy start’: DARK SUBLIME – Trafalgar Studios ★★★ by Rev Stan

Dark Sublime is a long play and while it contains some really good material it would benefit from being trimmed back to make it slicker and more focused.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘Touching moments & humour too’: SUMMER ROLLS – Park Theatre by Rev Stan

Actress and writer Tuyen Do’s first full length play Summer Rolls brings a story about a British Vietnamese family to a UK stage for the first time.

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