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The Play That Goes Wrong – Darlington Hippodrome

Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Mark Clegg For a pretty obvious idea so rich in available humour, it’s hard to understand why it took so long for someone to create a play that was presented as a disastrous amateur production. This is the idea that Mischief Theatre came up with, in 2013 when The Play That Goes Wrong debuted above a ...

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David Baddiel: My Family, Not the Sitcom – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: David Baddiel Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Tonight The Lowry could be the setting for an awkward encounter. Back when comedy was said to be the new rock’n’roll  David Baddiel and Rob Rob Newman were the first comedy duo to sell out arenas . But the partnership did not end on friendly terms and tonight both of them are performing at ...

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Soundtrack Review: Apologies from Men – The People’s Improv Theatre, New York

Writer: Lauren Maul Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Comedian, musician and filmmaker Lauren Maul is releasing an audio album, a video album, and performing live in New York City, all on March 9. Using the content of “apologies” delivered by high-profile men that have been accused of sexual assault and harassment, Maul creates songs and videos using the speakers’ words and personae ...

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The Loneliest Number – The Clemente, New York

[The Loneliest Number] [The Clemente, NYC] (c)Sandra Mhlongo

Writer: Lizzie Vieh Director: Maria Dizzia Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Sometimes, after several years of marriage and one bout of prostate cancer, a couple needs to enliven existence and find a way to constantly inject newness into their lives. Wendy and John, commendably played by Leigh Williams and Maurice Jones, is that exact couple in Lizzie Vieh's world premiere, The Loneliest Number. ...

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Police Cops in Space – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: The Pretend Men Reviewer: Lizz Clark The Pretend Men don't know how to slow down. They've played to sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last two years, and are now touring their second show, Police Cops in Space, in the UK and internationally. The sequel to 2016's Police Cops, it's the same no-holds-barred physical-comedy-meets-genre-spoof, only this time ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Perhaps Marlon Brando, leader of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in The Wild Ones, first lit his fuse. ‘Hey Johnny, what you rebelling against?’ ‘Whadda you got?’ Long has Mark Thomas been curdling the venal fat-cats’ cream and door-step embarrassment-bombing their corporate greed-fests. Be they arms dealers, polluters, even New Labour, his moniker as megaphone publicity socialist stuntman ...

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Council Depot Blues – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Dave Kirby  Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Matt Forrest We’ve all been there, stuck in a job you hate that stifles your hopes and aspirations, whilst believing that what one day you’ll escape and go on to live your dream, whatever that may be. It doesn’t matter how you get there but get there you must. Writer Dave Kirby has drawn ...

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Mamma Mia! – Lyceum, Sheffield

Director: Phyllida Lloyd Resident Director: Nikki Davis Jones Musical Director: Richard Weeden Production Designer: Mark Thompson Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Mamma Mia! is fast approaching its twentieth birthday but that doesn't seem to be slowing them down. The success has endured since 1999 and continues to draw audiences in for their first time or their tenth. With a successful film adaptation ...

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