I've developed this thing about Rory Kinnear, star of the film Spectre and now Sky Atlantic's Penny Dreadful in which he plays Frankenstein's Creature. He is always among the most compelling reasons to see any play. His Hamlet was witty and his Iago a chillingly psychotic presence.
No other dramatist connects Western and Islamic worlds quite as confidently as American Muslim writer Ayad Akhtar. His New York-set Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced explored the extent to which Islam can exist in liberal Western democracies. This one is less profound, but just as gripping.
It's a thriller set entirely in a breeze-block makeshift cell somewhere in Pakistan.
Three hours fifteen minutes of people doing not a great deal more than sweeping up litter in a cinema after screenings, turns out to be seriously absorbing stuff. Little happens over long periods in Annie Baker's Pulitzer-winning play which arrives here from New York with some of the original cast.
It begins with Sam (Matthew Maher) showing newbie worker Avery (Jaygann Ayeh) the ropes.
This cast re-boot of the most recent Guys and Dolls revival to hit the West End sees three of the main characters re-cast in the move from the Savoy to the Phoenix - and takes on a positively Jewish spin.