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Washed Up on the Potomac – The Flea Theater, New York

(Washed Up on the Potomac) (The Flea) (NYC) (c)Jonas Gustavsson

Writer: Lynn Rosen Director: José Zayas Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Offices across the country are populated with people for whom their daily work routine is nothing more than a paycheck; they are just one step (or two or three) away from being able to blow this pop stand and focus full-time on a career as a novelist or actor or ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Co-Directors: Louise Denison, Chris Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomimes are all about tradition, not only the stories and the time-honoured routines, but also the traditions that are created within each theatre. This year’s Aladdin is a typical Wakefield pantomime, with all the elements securely in place, even if – early ...

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Reservoir Mogs – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Music: Ben Osborne Designer: Madeleine Girling Director: Adam Fuller and Matthew Whittle Choreographer: Laura Street Reviewer: Julia Beasley This is the purr-fect antidote to Xmas ennui – a darkly funny feminist caper from Wardrobe Theatre Company, the creators of Muppits Die Hard, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Rocky: A Horror Show. Four cool cats revisit a failed diamond ...

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Sex Workers’ Opera, Oval House Theatre, London

Devised and directed by: Experimental Experience Reviewer: Richard Maguire Sex Workers’ Opera, or, possibly, Sex Workers of the World Unite and Take Over? If you’re not even the slightest bit tempted to peruse the job vacancies down at your local brothel after this show has ended, you must be very hard-hearted indeed. Using real stories from sex workers from around the ...

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Daniel Sloss: Now – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Daniel Sloss is ambitious. This 27-year-old ‘veteran’ of the comedy circuit eventually wants to be regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Is this a hubristic belief or a realistic aspiration? His early career was indeed meteoric. As a 14-year-old he wrote jokes for Frankie Boyle, at 17 he was a finalist in ...

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Up ‘n’ Under – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: John Godber Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1984 and The Cobbler’s Arms reigns supreme in Rugby League Sevens across the north of England. Arthur is an ex-pro who lets his mouth run away with him and makes a potentially disastrous bet with the Cobblers’ manager, that he can train any amateur team to beat them. And so ...

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Simon Amstell:  What is this? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul McGuire Simon Amstell is a creative polymath, perhaps best known as a presenter of Popworld and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is also a prolific writer, actor, author, director, producer and as is seen in tonight’s incarnation, a stand-up comedian In the past, his comedy has successfully drawn parallels with Woody Allen, angst-ridden and therapy obsessed and also ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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