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Funny Girl – Bristol Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Director: Michael Mayer Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Not long after completing its engagement at London's Savoy Theatre, Funny Girl arrives at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. And with Sheridan Smith at the top of bill, expectation couldn't be higher. Fanny Brice (Smith) is a young Jewish girl growing ...

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Escaped Alone – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Claire Hayes It’s all too easy to dismiss four women of 70 years or more, sitting in a garden on a summer’s afternoon. At this time of life, women are often condemned to a cloak of creeping invisibility - good for a little childcare, but otherwise functionally irrelevant. In a compelling 50 minutes, ...

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(F.E.A.R) – The Riverfront, Newport

Writer: Gareth Clark Director: Agneiszka Blonska Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Fear immediately confronts the audience, spelt out in large red letters and placed in the spotlight. All the while, a man in a crocodile mask sits in the shadows - quietly unsettling. This unusual and ever so slightly uncomfortable greeting as you take your seats is the perfect introduction to things ...

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Dave at Large – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Brian McAvera Director:  Joe Devlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Based on the life and times of ground breaking, and occasionally controversial, Irish comedian Dave Allen, Dave at Large is a cuttingly funny piece of theatre. Famously remembered for being banned from RTÉ for his ‘close to the bone’ jokes about the Catholic Church, Dave Allen’s life is dramatised for ...

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A Passionate Woman – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Paul Milton Reviewer: Kelyn Luther A Passionate Woman has all the subtlety of a weak, early 90s sitcom, which is unsurprising considering that it was written in 1992 by Kay Mellor, better known for Fat Friends. While this production is not exemplary, it is hard to think of how the play could be saved. On the ...

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Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Composer  W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Florence de Mare Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera’s Spring programme consists of two operas which have nothing in common stylistically despite being first performed within 20 years of each other. Puccini’s blood-boltered melodrama Tosca is teamed with Patience, an excellent choice as ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan. Like ...

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Home/Sick – JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Writer/Creator: The Assembly (Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Nick Benacerraf, Kate Benson, Marianne Broome, Jess Chayes, Anna Abhau Elliott, Luke Harlan, Emily Louise Perkins) Director: Jess Chayes Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Protests and left-wing radicalism. Sexual politics and patriarchal male behavior. Illegal war and racial tension. Home/Sick is ostensibly a story about the Weather Underground of the 1960s, but clearly has deep ...

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