Home / All Reviewspage 20

All Reviews

Company Tickets starring Patti Lupone

Sheila – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: The Associates Director: Jamal Abdunnasir Reviewer: Maridee Slater Sheila. Sheila. Sheila. Who - or what - is Sheila? In the event of live performance, there's a divine chance to bend space and time in collective and intoxicating agreement. Sheila, a new devised play by The Associates, is a concisely drawn 75-minute window into a three-year process. The ensemble clearly ...

Read More »

Miss Saigon – Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Book & Lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Dominic Corr Before the likes of Wicked or The Lion King, Miss Saigon stood as one of the West End’s epic musicals.  Heavily influenced by Madame Butterfly and with the legendary creative team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, it’s no wonder many adore this musical. In many ways ...

Read More »

So Many Reasons Why – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Creator: Racheal Ofori Reviewer: Sophia Moss This one-woman play explores sex, shame, religion and the quarter-life crisis through the eyes of a 25-year-old British Ghanaian woman played by Racheal Ofori. The audience is taken on a journey through the protagonist's memories as she reflects on when things started to go wrong. We go to primary school with her and watch ...

Read More »

Woman Before a Glass – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Lanie Robertson Director: Austin Pendleton Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For a woman born at the tail end of the 19th century, Peggy Guggenheim strikes a very modern, liberated chord in Woman Before a Glass, a one-act play by Lanie Robertson. Far more sexually and socially liberated than her peers, Guggenheim collected husbands (not necessarily her own) with as much vigour ...

Read More »

The War Has Not Yet Started – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Mikhail Durnenkov Translator: Noah Birksted-Breen Director: Gordon Anderson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Russian writer Mikhail Durnenkov’s play is set on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It begins with three characters languishing “in the zone”, helped by drink or immersion in a video game, and then proceeds to demonstrate the hazards away from their domestic cosiness - warfare, human frictions, ...

Read More »

Air Play – The Lowry, Salford

Director: West Hyler Reviewer: Jay Nuttall For anyone who became entranced with the plastic bag blowing in the wind in Alan Ball's American Beauty or did not want to leave the theatre at the end of Slava's Snow Show as you were having too much fun playing with enormous inflatable balls, then Air Play is the show for you. Conceived ...

Read More »

Madama Butterfly – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi llica Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Madama Butterfly is part of the Fatal Passions season which Opera North is presenting this winter.  This production is a revival of Puccini’s well-known opera and its powerful and passionate music speaks for its tragic emotions.  Opera North has previously staged this production, but this ...

Read More »

The Wedding – Bristol Old Vic

black and white image of five people at work

Creator: Amit Lahav and the company Associate Director: Rich Rusk Original Music: Dave Price Reviewer: Hugh McCann The Wedding begins with a handful of characters being ejected from the end of a tubular slide into an enormous pile of teddy bears. The characters are met by a midwife-like figure who dresses them for marriage and leads them on to join ...

Read More »