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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Open House, The Print Room review - razor wit, theatrical brio by Tom.birchenough

A tyrannical family reunion and a dramatic volte-face in Will Eno's ingenious new dramaThe American family has seldom look more desperate. Will Eno’s The Open House depicts a gatherin…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:45AM
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beginning, Ambassadors Theatre review - funny and richly moving comedy about loneliness by Tom.birchenough

David Eldridge's two-hander about sex and solitude sets up home in the West EndAwkwardness is a challenging effect in drama, and one so rewarding when it works. When the movement isn’…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:26AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Antony and Cleopatra, RSC, Barbican review - rising grandeur by Tom.birchenough

Coquetry and tragic command not quite balanced, but this steady RSC production reaches gloryIs there a key to “infinite variety”? The challenge of Cleopatra is to convey the sheer fullne…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:06AM
Monday, December 4, 2017

The Passing of the Third Floor Back, Finborough Theatre review - the better nature of Jerome K Jerome by Tom.birchenough

Edwardian rediscovery verges towards the sentimental, but satisfyingly soEven by the standards of theatrical archaeology that the Finborough has made its own, The Passing of the Third Floor …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:04AM
Friday, September 22, 2017

Trouble in Mind, The Print Room review - Tanya Moodie is a treat to watch by Tom.birchenough

Alice Childress’s groundbreaking 1955 drama played with panache Truth is pursued in different ways in Alice Childress’s groundbreaking 1955 Trouble in Mind, and its play-within-a-play s…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:42PM
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boudica, Shakespeare's Globe review - ancient history made compellingly contemporary by Tom.birchenough

A British queen brought back to life: Tristan Bernays’s new play fits its venue perfectlyHistory comes to the stage of the Globe only rarely – at least if you compare the frequency of pr…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 08:54AM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Late Company, Trafalgar Studios review - visceral production of Jordan Tannahill's lean, pained drama by Tom.birchenough

Family trauma stripped back to the barest bonesCanadian playwright Jordan Tannahill wrote Late Company when he was only 23. It would be an impressive achievement at any age, but it seems all…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:36AM
Saturday, May 27, 2017

An Octoroon review - slavery reprised as melodrama in a vibrantly theatrical show by Tom.birchenough

A major work of new American drama receives its European premiere at Richmond’s Orange Tree TheatreMake no mistake about it, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright to watch. London receive…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:36AM
Friday, April 28, 2017

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe review - 'too much brouhaha' by Tom.birchenough

There's vigour and violence, comedy too, but Daniel Kramer's production disappoints“Everything in extremity”. That announcement that the Capulet party is about to begin could j…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:24AM
Monday, April 10, 2017

The Winter's Tale, Barbican review - Cheek by Jowl's latest wavers in tone by Tom.birchenough

A clear, considered production, but the updated comedy's uncertain This is a well-travelled Winter’s Tale. Declan Donnellan has long been a director who's as much at home abroad as h…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:02AM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Lottery of Love review - 'the fragile charm of artifice' by Tom.birchenough

Marivaux, via John Fowles, through the prism of Jane Austen The permutations of love are bewitchingly explored in the 90-minute stage traffic of Marivaux’s The Lottery of Love, with Paul M…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:36AM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory by Tom.birchenough

Eve Best shines in wartime Rattigan rarity which riffs on 'Hamlet'What's in a name? Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness is a reworking of his 1944 play Less Than Kind (never stag…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:18AM
Monday, March 13, 2017

The Miser, Garrick Theatre by Tom.birchenough

Molière at full throttle: Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack excelTrimmings, trimmings, trimmings. They prove the final straw for Molière’s Harpagon in this new production of the classic Fren…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:18AM
Thursday, March 9, 2017

I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Finborough Theatre by Tom.birchenough

Conflicts in a theatre family: sharp writing in a new American two-hander In I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Halley Feiffer has written a right curmudgeon of a central role. David is a suc…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:42AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Love, National Theatre by Tom.birchenough

Family desperation simmers, then erupts in Alexander Zeldin's devastating social dramaFor a play that ends with 15 minutes of breath-stopping, jaw-dropping theatre that is surely as pow…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:42AM
Friday, December 2, 2016

The Little Matchgirl, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Tom.birchenough

Hans Christian Andersen made contemporary, infused with Emma Rice's trademark brioFor anyone disposed to treat the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as hallowed ground – and such issues have ha…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:42AM
Thursday, November 17, 2016

King Lear, RSC, Barbican by Tom.birchenough

Antony Sher runs the full delivery gamut in Gregory Doran's distinguished production At the conclusion of a year in which Britishness has come so resoundingly to the fore of the nationa…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:48PM
Monday, November 14, 2016

Removal Men, The Yard Theatre by Tom.birchenough

Tight, nervous tragicomedy with an original take on immigration issuesIf you thought that a contemporary drama about forcible repatriation, set in an Immigration Removal Centre, would be abo…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:02PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cymbeline, Barbican by Tom.birchenough

New Brexit tones gave new direction to Shakespeake's late romance “Britain is a world by itself.” It could be the slogan of the year – or longer – but the phrase comes from Shak…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:12AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards