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A My Name Is… – TheaterLab, New York

(My Name Is...) (TheaterLab) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Music: Jonah Kreitner & Sahand Rahbar Choreographer & Director: Stefanie Nelson Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The space at TheaterLab is a blank canvas: blindingly pristine white, nearly shocking under unfiltered light. Stefanie Nelson’s A My Name Is... utilizes this pregnant emptiness of space brilliantly, at times embracing the starkness, at others filling and imbuing it. The stasis of the clean, crisp vessel ...

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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: C.S. Lewis Director: Sally Cookson Puppetry Director: Craig Leo Designer: Rae Smith Composer/MD: Benji Bower Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at the West Yorkshire Playhouse are known for their spectacular Christmas productions (who can forget Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a production so successful it went on to tour the UK), and Sally Cookson’s adaptation of The Lion, the ...

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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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Fourteen Days – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Armand Amar Choreography: Javier De Frutos, Ivan Perez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Emma Pritchard When it comes to ballet, the word you’d typically use to describe those involved is a troupe. But for the Balletboyz, the term band seems far more fitting. Why? Because here ...

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Declining Solo – The Lowry, Salford.

Music: Tim Blazdell. Writers/Directors: Two Destination Language. Reviewer: Sam Lowe "Belonging neither here nor there", as the audience are told in the performance, Declining Solo is a show which fluctuates between the multiple layers of what makes up identity. It explores the father and daughter relationship, a woman's relationship to her culture, her home, how the past affects the present, ...

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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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The Jungle Book – The Lowry, Salford

Book:  Rudyard Kipling Composer and Sound Design: Filipe Gomes Adaptor and Director Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Matt Forrest When Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book, never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that likes of Shere Khan and Mowgli could be transported to the mean streets of London. However, director Poppy Burton-Morgan and the Metta Theatre Company have done ...

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