Edinburgh Festival

The Flight into Egypt

By Lee Levitt, August 12, 2011

The plight of a provincial Polish-Jewish family between 1939 and 1946 is portrayed in Julian Caddy's earnest production of Julian Garner's illuminating play.

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Reshape While Damp

By Lee Levitt, August 12, 2011

Naomi Paul, an Oxford University graduate who teaches English as a foreign language, performs "persona-based comedy for a discerning audience". So says her flyer, at any rate. And when I pitched up at a rare moment when it wasn't actually damp in Edinburgh, it was a very discerning audience of four - including me.

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Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

He's back, he's Jewish, and he's the only comedian with a sausage-hating Jewish dog, who used to bark whenever Yasser Arafat came on the TV. "His barkmitzvah still brings a tear to the eye," quips Zaltzman, in a six-minute off-stage warm-up before he appears in a lurid scarlet and black shirt and non-matching cords, with an arrow through his head.

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Terezin: Children of the Holocaust

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

The kindest thing that can be said about "Terezin: Children of the Holocaust" is that it might have been better placed in the children's section of the Fringe programme for its didactic value. Or that as an American production, its emotional impact doesn't translate to British audiences.

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Josh Howie: I Am A Dick

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

In his previous two highly successful Edinburgh shows, Josh Howie focused on his time training to be a rabbi in Jerusalem (he was ejected from the programme after being caught with a naked non-Jewish girl), and his four-year sojourn with his grandma in Arnos Grove. This year, he fancied trying something less constrained by a fixed narrative, a bit more freeform.

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Oedipus by Steven Berkoff (After Sophocles)

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

Berkoff first grappled with the Sophocles tragedy with his 1980 verse play "Greek", which transferred the plague-ridden action to London's grimy, boozy East End.

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Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

The unlikely, unconsummated, largely internet-based love affair between a squinting Derbyshire "accountint" and the unhappily married Pearl from Surrey forms the basis of Isy Suttie's winningly whimsical solo show.

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Brett Goldstein Grew Up In A Strip Club

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

Brett Goldstein studied film and feminism at the University of Warwick, and then left his Sutton home for Marbella, along with his father, who was suffering from a mid-life crisis, for what turned out to be a late gap year with a difference.

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Shlomo: Mouthtronica

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

At the start of his first theatrical one-man show, Shlomo promises "an entire hour of loud beat-boxing and polite conversation".

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Why go to Edinburgh this year? Here are at least 12 good reasons

By Lee Levitt, August 4, 2011

1. Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary/political animal
The Oxford classics graduate, experienced stand-up and co-star of BBC Radio 5 Live's 7 Day Sunday, has been performing at the fringe since 1999. This year he brings his popular brand of political satire to the Stand Comedy Club. Performance details: www.thestand.co.uk

2. Ruby Wax: Losing It

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