Theatre

Shhh! Don't tell my kids what I'm wearing

By Penelope Solomon, July 28, 2016

Like many mums, I've taken a career break to have kids. Now, nine years and three babies later, I'm heading back to work. But, perhaps unlike other mums, my going back to work involves performing in front of a live audience, dressed as a penis.

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Review: Unreachable

By John Nathan, July 21, 2016

Light can be elusive. Not the kind you switch on, but that which appears of its own volition.

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Review: Some Girl(s)

By John Nathan, July 21, 2016

Guy wants to make amends. In Neil LaBute's 2005 play, he wants absolution from four former girlfriends who, according to that part of the male brain that most resembles a conscience, he may have wronged.

First on the list is the former high-school sweetheart in Seattle, dumped just before the prom.

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Review: barbarians

By Joy Sable, July 15, 2016

The acclaimed Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter and his company returned to Sadler's Wells last week with a short run of his trilogy barbarians.

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Review: Into the Woods

By John Nathan, July 15, 2016

In Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's modern fairytale classic, real life takes over from happy-ever-after.

The same could be said of this American Fiasco Theatre production of the 1987 musical which here begins not with the normal "Once upon a time" but with actress Jessie Austrian explaining that since the show's successful run in New York she has become so visibly pregnant (by the pleased

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Review: Schlep With Nick

By John Nathan, July 8, 2016

One of the more wistful offerings in the Royal Court's Tottenham Festival is this one-man show written and performed by Nick Cassenbaum. And it's hard to imagine a more pleasurable way to spend the best part of an hour, even though it's billed as half that.

For a start, we're in a bucolic park, not a stuffy theatre.

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Review: Wild

By John Nathan, July 8, 2016

Playwright Mike Bartlett has been inspired by Edward Snowden's massive leak of American classified documents. His engrossing play becomes more convincing the more outlandish it gets.

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Review: Faith Healer

By John Nathan, July 1, 2016

Remember Broadway Danny Rose? He was the hero of, and gave the title to, one of - if not the - greatest Woody Allen films. Danny was the New York showbiz promoter with a talent for signing failing novelty acts that kept him in the tenth division of showbiz, until one day a real talent came along.

He has an East End and -who knows?

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Review: It Is Easy To Be Dead

By John Nathan, July 1, 2016

First World War remembrance plays have not exactly been thin on the ground recently. But this admirable reminder by the Finborough's Neil McPherson of one of the war's lesser known poets, Charles Hamilton Sorely, stands out.

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Review: Richard III

By John Nathan, June 23, 2016

We know that Ralph Fiennes can do ruthless. As camp commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler's List he depicted pitilessness in undiluted form and in all its sickening purity. But in Rupert Goold's production of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy, Fiennes adds a calculating intelligence to the quality.

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