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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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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘It is refreshing to have gender stereotypes smashed’: BOYS – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The PappyShow’s Boys is introduced as a ‘celebration of manhood’ which is then swiftly followed by a fight. In hindsight, it isn’t ironic, rather it’s getting a misconception or co…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

INTERVIEW: Dandelion playwright Jennifer Cerys on queer history & 3D lesbian characters by Rev Stan

Playwright Jennifer Cerys’ new play Dandelion at the King’s Head Theatre explores queer history through a lesbian relationship in the time of Clause 28. Here she talks about why queer hi…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

‘Vivid & rich writing’: THE DARK – Ovalhouse by Rev Stan

Nick Makoha’s play The Dark tells his own story when, as a child, his mother smuggled him out of Idi Amin's Uganda in search of a better life in the UK.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

‘Brilliantly captures the challenges of growing up’: CUCKOO – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Set in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin, writer Lisa Carroll’s play Cuckoo follows Iona and Pingu over a couple of fateful days when they announce that they are moving to London. It is a decisi…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

‘Didn’t really reach out across the dark auditorium to me’: PINTER THREE – West End ★★★ by Rev Stan

I go to the theatre is to be amused or moved or challenged or interested and sadly this collection of Pinter didn't really reach out across the dark auditorium to me.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘New niches of humour & fun’: DON QUIXOTE – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

It’s taken two years for the RSC’s hit Don Quixote to make it to the West End with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound reprising their roles as the hapless knight errant and his squire.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘I was more interested in the background characters’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Is it ironic that the most emotionally powerful scene of the RSC’s Macbeth at the Barbican comes in a rare moment of silence and stillness, a scene when the Macbeths are nowhere to be seen?

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Strip out the comic vignettes & the play feels flimsy’: STORIES – National Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Nina Raine’s new play Stories is back to familiar territory: A woman desperately wants a kid. Unlike Yerma (Billie Piper was cracking in the Young Vic production two years ago) it’s not …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘A fairytale of human ugliness & evil’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Martin McDonagh’s new play is a (very) dark fairytale with colonial undertones. Who else’s imagination could put Hans Christian Andersen (Jim Broadbent), a one-legged black pigmy woman c…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Strip out the comic vignettes & the play is left feeling flimsy’: STORIES – National Theatre by Rev Stan

Nina Raine’s new play Stories is back to familiar territory: A woman desperately wants a kid. Unlike Yerma, it's not a physical problem, more of a partner problem.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘Feels like a starting point for a wider narrative’: BULLET HOLE – Park Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

A play about female genital mutilation is never going to be an easy watch but I particularly was drawn to Bullet Hole to better understand the culture and tradition that supports it, particu…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

‘An unsentimental portrayal of dementia’: THE OTHER PLACE – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Karen Archer plays Juliana in The Other Place, a scientist in pharmaceuticals who is trying to arrange a meeting with her estranged daughter and divorcing her philandering husband Ian (Neil …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

‘Meaningful debate, clever thought & persuasiveness’: THE SWORD OF ALEX – White Bear Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Meaningful debate, clever thought and persuasiveness get overshadowed by ego manifested as sneering, sarcasm and physical violence.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

‘Bubbles with witty lines & observation’: Hear Me Howl – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Written by Lydia Rynne, Hear Me Howl is peppered with references to culture contemporary to the 30-somethings and bubbles with witty lines and observation while handling issues such as pregn…

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