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Austerity & Me – The Ovalhouse, London

Director: Mahri Reilly. Reviewer: Hannah Powell. Austerity: difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure. An incredibly relevant topic that deserves a platform more so now exactly one year on to the date from Grenfell and in the process of Brexit than ever before. As stated by the company, ‘It’s the big word we’re told so little ...

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Lonely Planet – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Steven Dietz Director: Ian Brown Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sometimes, the only people you can rely on are your friends. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s stories of families, neighbours and even whole communities turning their back on the suffering abound, and men learned to depend on one another. Following representations of this era writ large in landmark productions ...

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Pressure – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The 1944 Normandy landings proved to be a turning point in World War II. D Day has become so renowned that it would seem a drama about the prospect of Operation Overlord happening at all should have little, to no, suspense. And to a certain extent that is true in David ...

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Three Sisters – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Words, music and performance by RashDash (after Chekhov) Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s Chekhov, but not as you know it. Actually, it’s not Chekhov at all. Or perhaps it’s Chekhov torn into bits, mashed up, smeared thinly over a feminist diatribe against patriarchy, and then set to live music and dance. RashDash imagines the original three Russian sisters Olga, Masha and ...

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Talking Heads: Graham, Peggy and Muriel – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Writer: Alan Bennett Directors: James Brining, Amy Leach, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Laura Ann Price Reviewer: Ron Simpson As West Yorkshire Playhouse prepares to close for a major refurbishment Artistic Director James Brining has opted to end with an appropriate, rather than original, choice of play, saving the originality for a performance schedule that re-affirms the theatre’s commitment to the ...

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What Happened That Night – IRT Theater, New York

(What Happened That Night) (IRT Theater, NYC) (c)Clinton B Photography

Writer: Lia Romeo Director: Allison Benko Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers As part of Project Y Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Festival, Lia Romeo’s What Happened That Night tackles the challenging subject of gray-area sexual assault. This reviewer knows she cannot divorce her feelings or personal experience from the subject matter at hand, as some audience members may find as well. In ...

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War Horse- The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Michael Morpurgo. Adaptor: Nick Stafford Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: Daryl Holden What’s to be said about War Horse that hasn’t already been said elsewhere? One could spend quite a lot of time trying to nit-pick the show and still find nothing wrong with it. There’s a reason this production has received the critical acclaim it now enjoys. ...

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The Country Wife – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: William Wycherley Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: David Guest Restoration comedies are enjoying something of a renaissance, with a recent in-period The Way of the World at the Donmar and The Country Wife at Southwark Playhouse transposed to the Roaring Twenties showing the timelessness of rants against seduction, deception and excesses. At Chichester’s Minerva Theatre Wycherley’s sparkling 1675 comedy of manners ...

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