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The Grift – Town Hall Hotel, London

Writer: Tom Salamon Director: Tom Salamon Reviewer: Richard Maguire All theatre depends on a certain suspension of belief, but this new immersive experience by Tom Salamon, who brought us 2016’s Goosebumps Alive, starts by asking us to swallow some unusually tall stories. But with much immersive theatre, the story is less important than the act of participation, and in The ...

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The Brothers Size – Young Vic, London

Writer: Tarell Alvin McCraney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As David Lan comes to the end of his tenure as artistic director of the Young Vic, and with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Moonlight coming up to the anniversary of its Best Picture win at the Academy Awards, what better time to revive the theatre’s production of McCraney’s fable of black ...

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Becoming Shades  – The Vault, London

Director: Laurane Marchive Reviewer: Richard Maguire If one were consigned to Hell, it may look like The Vault under the arches at Waterloo Station with its damp, peeling walls, and the constant rumble of trains overhead could be the sound of the furnace where one’s soul would burn indefinitely.  Becoming Shades, a dark, sexy circus based on Persephone’s descent into ...

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The Believers Are But Brothers – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Javaad Alipoor Directors: Kirsty Housley & Javaad Alipoor Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Keep your mobile ‘phones ON and keep them on LOUD” we are instructed, thereby making this different from any normal visit to the theatre before even leaving the foyer. But Javaad Alipoor’s hour-long show/presentation/lecture is anything but a normal visit to the theatre. Alipoor’s topic is radicalisation. Heard and ...

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Dietrich: Natural Duty – The Vaults, London

Writer: Peter Groom and Oliver Gully Director: Oliver Gully Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty This is not, by any measure, an exhaustive account of Marlene Dietrich’s life, or even her war experience. But Peter Groom’s portrayal and biographical presentation gives so much emotional depth and insight into the woman, and the character, that in one short hour we feel we know her ...

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The Open House – Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, London

Writer: Will Eno Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: David Guest A dysfunctional family drama so incongruous it could be an episode of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone plays out in the suitably eccentric setting of the glorious Print Room at the Coronet, and will fill audiences with laughter or loathing. Falling firmly under the banner of absurd theatre, Will Eno’s The ...

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Oranges & Elephants the Musical – Hoxton Hall, London

Writer Lil Warren Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Can you smell the gin-soaked walls?” cries the chair (Susannah van der Berg) in her red tailcoat and top hat. You can’t literally smell gin, but Hoxton Hall reeks of history. Dating back to 1866, the theatre is suitably old-fashioned in its three-tiered layout with the red draw curtains and a ...

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There or Here – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Jennifer Maisel Director: Vik Sivalingham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Maybe Donald Trump’s America frowns upon outsourcing of work to developing countries, but, back in 2006, the practice was widespread. Expanding on this theme, Los Angeles based writer Jennifer Maisel’s play comes up with the idea that it could have been easier and cheaper for would-be parents to find surrogate mothers ...

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