Theatre

Review: Hand Over Fist

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Dave Florez's poignant monologue about lost love and Alzheimer's is given a transfixing performance by Joanna Bending in this mind-blowing new play, pacily directed by five-time Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow.

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Joshua Seigal: We All Love Llamas!

By Lee Levitt, August 20, 2012

Joshua Seigal has been writing poetry for children and doing workshops and performances in primary schools for six months, and he radiates fun in his debut show.

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Review: Repertory Theatre

By Lee Levitt, August 19, 2012

A delightfully off-kilter Hamlet takes centre-stage in this superb, absurdist, psychosexual comedy by the Tel Aviv-based theatre company The Elephant and the Mouse.

Iftach Ophir is agreeably manipulable as a diffident playwright whose debut work is bashed and trashed by Erez Driguez's mock-grandiloquent, all-devouring artistic director in a pacy performance that fizzes with originality.

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Review: Timon of Athens - richly suited to our times

By John Nathan, July 27, 2012

Rather like his unforgettable production of Hamlet, Nicholas Hytner has brought Shakespeare’s — and, it is thought, co-writer Thomas Middleton’s — rarely staged Timon of Athens bang up to date. Occupy-style rebels have pitched their tents in Athens’ streets.

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Review: 1936 - inside the Nazi Olympics

By John Nathan, July 27, 2012

Tom McNab’s play about Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics is full of detail, which is perhaps unsurprising for a writer who is a former Olympic official, athletics coach and sports novelist.

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Review: The Taming of the Shrew

By John Nathan, July 20, 2012

It turns out that Samantha Spiro was just limbering up when she played ferocious Filumena at the Almeida Theatre recently. This time, as Shakespeare’s most reluctant bride, Spiro is positively murderous.

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Review: Birthday - male pregnancy comedy will have you in stitches

By John Nathan, July 6, 2012

The pregnant male is not a new idea, but in exploring it Joe Penhall has come up with 90 minutes of hilariously emasculating comedy that could leave the men in the audience in a state of post-natal depression.

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Review: 66 Minutes in Damascus and The Prophet - caught up in the Arab Spring

By John Nathan, June 28, 2012

Reasons to link these very different plays: they are both born out of the turmoil in the Middle East and each reflects one of the greatest fears of those caught up in the Arab revolutions — abduction by the authorities.

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Review: Democracy - Michael Frayn's spy thriller deserves better

By John Nathan, June 28, 2012

There is no better example of one man's mastery of the stage than the two plays recently revived at the Old Vic. While Noises Off (now in the West End) is by a comedy writer at the top of his game, Democracy – first seen in 2003 and which has here been imported from Sheffield Theatres - could only have been created by a fine political dramatist.

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Review: The Sunny Side of the Street - an ambitious tribute to Dorothy Fields

By Gerald Jacobs, June 28, 2012

Dorothy Fields, who died in 1974 at the age of 69, was one of the great Jewish contributors to the great American songbook. She collaborated with leading musical composers, most notably Jerome Kern on such creations as The Way You Look Tonight and A Fine Romance.

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