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Laura Bush Killed A Guy – The Flea, New York

Writer: Ian Allen Director: John Vreeke Reviewer: Robert Price Upon entering the theatre for Laura Bush Killed A Guy, a “cowboy cookie” is offered in sincerest hospitality to every patron to enjoy (or covet). The semi-sweet chocolate is balanced well with other flavors and textures: coconut, oats, and pecans. The treat feels hefty enough to satisfy. The script is less ...

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Whisky Galore – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Philip Goulding from the book by Compton MacKenzie Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The programme notes for Whisky Galore tell us about a troupe of strolling players, The Osiris Players, which was an all-female theatre group touring adaptations of the classics to schools and other community spaces. Formed in the mid-1920s, the women-only rule might have been caused ...

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The Tempest – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Andy Barrow Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer: James Garrington Since it was established 29 years ago, Oddsocks has become famous for its unusual and comic versions of the classic Shakespeare plays – often to some acclaim. This year, alongside a rerun of last year’s Romeo and Juliet, we have a new production of The Tempest. It ...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – The Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Dale Wasserman Music: Lewis Gibson Director: Javaad Alipoor Choreographer: Deb Pugh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was first published in 1962 by Ken Kesey, adapted for the stage one year after by Dale Wasserman. The brilliant dramatisation took Broadway by storm and now this thought-provoking drama lands in Sheffield for a Sheffield Theatres production. Set ...

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The Fourth Wall – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: A. R. Gurney Director: Christopher Burris Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A.R. Gurney’s The Fourth Wall can be a tricky play to effectively produce. How does one strike a balance between the presentationalism required by the circumstances of characters who openly address being unnerved by a fourth wall, while creating a connection that compels the audience to want that wall to ...

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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, seems an unlikely topic around which to build a stand-up show. But then Shappi Khorsandi’s personality does not seem best suited to academic research and neutral presentation.  Khorsandi presents herself, and may actually be, a bit scatter-brained. Efforts to build a rapport with the audience are hindered by ...

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Iolanthe – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: W.S. Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Choreographer: Mark Smith Musical Director: Richard Baker Reviewer: Ron Simpson The full title of this production is evidence of a distinctive – indeed, unique – brand, Sasha Regan’s All Male Iolanthe, a guarantee of a highly inventive and tirelessly energetic approach to Gilbert and Sullivan, with high camp colliding with more ...

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Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Terry Deary and Neal Foster Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Nicole Craft “Whoa…look at the setup!”; The first words uttered by a younger member of this reviewer’s party as we enter the auditorium. It’s not the most staggering stage-set ever witnessed, but the two medieval tents and the array of costumes already present, hanging from two elaborate hat stands, are ...

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