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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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A Christmas Carol – Kirkgate Market, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens, adapted by Olivia Race Director: Olivia Race Producers: Olivia Race, Alice Barber Musical Director: Claire-Marie Seddon Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Christmas Carol seems to be everywhere this year. Fortunately, there seems every chance that the adaptations will all have their own individuality – and that’s certainly the case with this version by Front Room Productions. Early in ...

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Forced Entertainment: Real Magic – HOME, Manchester

Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Lizz Clark Art meets theatre in Real Magic, a show in which one scene is repeated over and over, with seemingly infinite variation. Claire Marshall, Jerry Killick and Richard Lowdon are trying to perform a mind-reading act, but it doesn't work. They switch roles, perform the same act with minor variations, and it doesn't work again ...

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Wait Until Dark – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a deserved reputation for quality productions but unfortunately, this touring production from The Original Theatre Company falls short of its usual high standards in this revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller. Some of the blame lies with the choice of play which has dated ...

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Tania in the Getaway Van – The Flea, New York

Tania in the Getaway Van (The Flea)(NYC) (c) Ilyce Meckler

Writer: Susan Bernfield Director: Portia Krieger Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Is progress political or personal? Susan Bernfield’s Tania in the Getaway Van tackles the question as to whether people, in this particular case, women, make life choices based upon their upbringing or else the cultural temperature during their coming-of-age. The first two-thirds of the play are set in 1975, wherein an ...

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The Bundle – Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds

Writers: Dave Morris, Lynn Morris Directors: Lynn Morris, Dave Morris Reviewer: Ron Simpson Journeymen Theatre is a husband-and-wife team touring short, self-written, issue-based plays round non-theatre venues throughout the UK. By the time of the Leeds performance, The Bundle was coming towards the end of a series of approximately 80 performances in 2017. The Bundle is a 65-minute two-hander presenting ...

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INTERVIEW: Niall Ransome plans a sobering Christmas at The Bunker

When audiences are flocking to see Barnum at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas, they may spot that, next door in the subterranean Bunker Theatre, there is something far removed from the fun of the circus. FCUK’D offers an alternative festive experience, focussing on the emotive topic of runaway children, and its writer/director Niall Ransome took time off from treading ...

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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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