Theatre

Review: The Holy Rosenbergs

By Gerald Jacobs, March 18, 2011

Just when you might be recovering from the surfeit of Jews-under-the-microscope drama that has been served up on stage and screen over the past couple of years, along comes Ryan Craig with The Holy Rosenbergs. At the National Theatre - noch, as one of his characters would doubtless say.

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Opera: Aida

By Stephen Pollard, March 17, 2011

Popular as Aida is, it does seem to have suffered from a tendency for singers to stand at the front of the stage waving their arms around, shrieking.

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Review: The Comedy of Errors

March 10, 2011

Brilliant, hilarious and totally surreal - and that's just the interval entertainment.

The entire cast, in sombreros and sunglasses, collect in the theatre foyer for a medley of '80s music, with guitar, maracas and violin.

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Carmen, drunk? Opera goes to the pub

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

“What would Carmen look like on her day off? What would it be like watching opera singers pretending to be really drunk and fighting with each other?”

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Review: Mogadishu

By John Nathan, March 10, 2011

Teacher Vivienne Franzmann's remarkable debut drama is set in an inner-city comprehensive where if children thrive it is often despite their school, not because of it.

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Exposed on stage: British Jews' divisions over Israel

By John Nathan, March 10, 2011

In 2006 the brother of British playwright Ryan Craig was getting married in Israel. Hizbollah and the Israel Defence Force were squaring up to each other and Craig was glued to news reports predicting that rockets could begin falling on Israel at any moment. One morning, the phone rang. It was Craig's mother saying she had been up all night worrying. "Me too," said Craig.

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Review: The Wizard of Oz

By John Nathan, March 4, 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber has done it again - that is, as with his previous blockbuster, Love Never Dies, he has produced a show that first fills you with awe and then washes it down with an emotional sedative. While the eyes boggle, the mind drifts.

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Review: Losing It: Ruby Wax

By John Nathan, March 4, 2011

We're talking sanity not virginity, though Ruby Wax could no doubt be entertaining about losing either. The comedienne is accompanied here at the piano by fellow depressive and singer-songwriter Judith Owen, whose tunes director Thea Sharrock has threaded through Wax's fitfully entertaining confessional.

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The 25th annual putnam county spelling bee

By John Nathan, March 4, 2011

There is a whiff of freak show as well as feel good about William Finn's shallow, very American musical. It is populated by cartoonish, teenage nerds who can all spell better than the spell-check on my computer. In the US, apparently, Jewish children do well at spelling competitions. A contestant here made the final only because two better qualified children had a batmitzvah to go to.

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Review: Private Lives

March 3, 2011

It took Noël Coward just four days to dash off this comic gem. And 80 years on it is as fresh, witty and relevant as ever.
It is a bitter-sweet dissection of that most marvellously flawed institution, marriage, through the jaundiced eye of one who, notably, never embraced it.

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