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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

We’ve Got Each Other review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘clever and funny one-man musical’ by Tim Bano

This isn’t a Jon Bon Jovi jukebox musical. Well it is and it isn’t. It’s definitely a very clever deconstruction and fond

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Loop review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘a razor-sharp script and four great performances’ by Tim Bano

Although Boxless makes physical theatre, the strongest moments in this piece about the impact of music on different generations come from the

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The Last Straw review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘deeply enigmatic and very watchable’ by Tim Bano

It’s apt for a show about fake news and the bombardment of information in the digital age that most of the time

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KillyMuck review at Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh – ‘powerful monologue about poverty and class’ by Tim Bano

When it’s good, this is what the fringe excels at: a really tightly written, deftly performed monologue. And this is good. Growing

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The Myth of the Singular Moment review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘prickling with moments of profundity’ by Tim Bano

It’s a bit difficult to grasp, this. The idea that nothing has happened until it’s happened. And before that moment, infinite outcomes

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Mistero Buffo review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘magnificent production with an astounding performance’ by Tim Bano

It takes brass to tackle Mistero Buffo. Dario Fo’s twisted mystery play was a showcase for the late great man himself, as

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A Life on the Silk Road review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘some wonderful moments’ by Tim Bano

A really brief note on the free sheet for this physical show by National Theatre of China says it’s about the life

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Gulliver Returns review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘inventive expansion of Swift’s novel’ by Tim Bano

As Lil points out at the beginning of this startling reinterpretation of Jonathan Swift’s satire, the only bit of Gulliver’s Travels people

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Hymns for Robots review at C Aquila, Edinburgh – ‘super-smart recreation of the life of a pioneer’ by Tim Bano

Earlier this year the BBC announced it was shutting down its Maida Vale studio. It’s a shame considering its incredible history, no

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The Flop review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘weird and wonderful musical farce’ by Tim Bano

It’s a winner, this combination of Hijinx and Spymonkey. Hijinx works brilliantly with actors who have learning disabilities, while masters of daftness

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The Song of Lunch review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘insubstantial and overwritten’ by Tim Bano

Purportedly a comedy, purportedly a dark one, there’s no evidence of that in Christopher Reid’s verse piece about a middle-aged man meeting

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Dangerous Giant Animals review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘Detailed and unadorned writing’ by Tim Bano

A lot of the writing in Dangerous Giant Animals is so good because it’s so taut and simple. Christina Murdock picks small

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The Beggar’s Opera review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘seriously out of touch’ by Tim Bano

John Gay’s 1728 opera was so popular in its time because it erased all the class associations of snobbish Italian opera. Gay

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Strangers: Pairs review at Greenside, Edinburgh – ‘a nice idea’ by Tim Bano

The concept here is strong: to work magic into the narrative of a theatre piece. But this collection of three scenes doesn’t

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The Half review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘intermittently powerful’ by Tim Bano

One of the startling things that comes out of Danielle Ward’s play is how the comedy industry is stacked against women’s success.

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Famous Puppet Death Scenes review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘brilliantly silly parade of puppets’ by Tim Bano

What’s brilliant about this puppet parade of gruesome deaths is the seriousness with which it’s so silly. Our host Nathanial Tweak, also

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Fortunate Man review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘beautiful adaptation of 1967 book about a country doctor’ by Tim Bano

Of all the NHS-themed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, this one shouts the most quietly. There’s none of the in-your-face politicking of

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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Fishermen review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘a supreme piece of theatre’ by Tim Bano

Gbolahan Obisesan’s adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s novel makes for a supreme piece of theatre. It’s pared to essentials – two actors and

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Barber of Seville review at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘Clever and playful’ by Tim Bano

The directions Laurent Pelly takes familiar works in, and the designs he gives them, are always pretty revelatory. That’s true of his

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Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a clever bit of writing’ by Tim Bano

Jon is thinking about leaving. What, and to go where, we don’t know. Magne van den Berg’s play doesn’t deal in the

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Status review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘searching and meticulously crafted’ by Tim Bano

How does Chris Thorpe make a middle-aged white man with a guitar and a show about being British absolutely the opposite of

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Achilles review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘powerful but slightly over-egged’ by Tim Bano

The trouble with the Homeric epics is that for us today they exist only on paper, as big, impenetrable books in stilted

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows: ‘We programme the shows we think people need to see’ by Tim Bano

Despite controversially taking over Edinburgh’s Meadows site four years ago, Underbelly’s Circus Hub is now a near sell-out and is taking risks

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User Not Found review at Jeelie Piece Cafe, Edinburgh – ‘a beautifully human story’ by Tim Bano

It’s strange to think that the nature of grief has changed over the years. It seems like one of those permanent emotions,

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

No Kids review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘compelling devised show’ by Tim Bano

For the past 13 years or so, Nir Paldi and George Mann have taken it in turns to create a show for

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Duckie review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘fills the space and the soul’ by Tim Bano

In Le Gateau Chocolat’s raggedy makeshift world, ugly ducklings don’t turn into beautiful swans. Life isn’t that simple if you’re ‘different’. Instead

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Coriolanus Vanishes review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘stylish and startling’ by Tim Bano

Originally performed by its author David Leddy, this monologue has to be one of the most stylish productions at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Greatest Play in the History of the World… review at Traverse, Edinburgh – ‘superb’ by Tim Bano

Everyone would be a lot happier if they had Julie Hesmondhalgh to tell them bedtime stories. Her husband Ian Kershaw’s lightly sci-fi

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On the Exhale review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘US school shooting drama loses its way’ by Tim Bano

‘Active shooter’ is a term with which most people don’t have to be familiar. But American playwright Martin Zimmerman’s monologue, responding to

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John Partridge: ‘I’m proud of EastEnders – some of the UK’s greatest actors are on it’ by Tim Bano

In a career spanning three decades, John Partridge has been in countless West End musicals and the long-running BBC soap. But in

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Othello review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘Mark Rylance and Sheila Atim are outstanding’ by Tim Bano

There are a lot more laughs here than Othello usually provokes. In their latest team-up, director Claire van Kampen and husband Mark

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