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Some Greater Class – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer Holly Blakey Music: Gwilym Gold and Darkstar Reviewer: Dave Cunningham To reach The Compass Room where Some Greater Class is staged one must pass through the art gallery at The Lowry which seems appropriate as the show is as much art installation as dance. As the audience is seated on a flat, rather than sloping, floor the sightlines are ...

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Arden/Everywhere – Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York

(Arden/Everywhere) (Baruch PAC) (NYC) (c)Russell Rowland

Writer: William Shakespeare Director & Adaptor: Jessica Bauman Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New Feet Productions’ adaptation of As You Like It highlights the international refugee crisis with its staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of exile and hidden identity. Hinting at modernity but with no tangible time period, the production creates a sense of timelessness amid a set consisting of wooden pallets ...

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Milton Jones is Out There – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Milton Jones edges sideways on the stage dressed as Great Britain. It’s exactly what the audience expects from this Radio 4 and TV favourite who has built his career on a surrealist sense of humour and an endless supply of puns and one-liners. The audience – a pretty full house in the Lowry’s huge Lyric Theatre - ...

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Squeamish – Theatre Row (Beckett Theatre), New York

(Squeamish) (Theatre Row) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Writer & Director: Aaron Mark Reviewer: Robert Price Sharon visits Dr. Schneider on the Upper West Side in the middle of the night, because she is desperate and genuinely scared. She sits in a winged chair with a coffee cup and tells him (us) about the last five months. She hasn’t talked to Dr. Schneider since her birthday, when she ...

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Kiss Me – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Matt Aston Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Richard Bean’s last play to be seen on Humberside was the rowdy and exuberantly comic The Hypocrite which helped Hull Truck celebrate the City of Culture. It is a great achievement for East Riding Theatre to be able to present his 2016 play, Kiss Me, which was ...

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Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Is Mitch Benn a cheat? That is how some stand-up comedians describe Benn’s style of musical comedy. In fact, comedy luminary Daniel Kitson went as far as to describe the guitar as ‘the cheating stick’. Benn himself explains that for a straight stand up comic to bring the house down they have to be an absolute master ...

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The Good House of Happiness, Smock Alley Theatre – Dublin

Writers: Eugene O’Brien and Gavin Quinn Directors: Aedin Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Good House of Happiness is presented by Pan Pan Theatre Company at Smock Alley Theatre as a part of the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival. The play is a modern retelling of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, a parable set in China between the ...

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Centaure – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Franck Vigroux Video: Kurt d`Haeseleer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Presented as part of the The Lowry’s autumn programme of digital art, Centaure is a live performance by two European artists, who’s work is more usually seen within the international festival scene: French musician Franck Vigroux and Belgian video artist/filmmaker Kurt d’Haeseleer. Centaure is a ‘postdigital road trip to a dystopic ...

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