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Cry, Blueberry – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Richard Canal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Clowns in popular culture are rarely humorous and whether they’re the murderous subjects of Stephen King novels or child-hating alcoholics in black comedies like Psychoville, the clown is a rich subject for drama. Despite their association with slapstick humour, combining the need to make people laugh with an inner sadness makes them ...

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Private Lives – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.   

 Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Bill Avenell If Mr. Bridger, the criminal mastermind of the 1968 film The Italian Job, had ever written a play it would have been Private Lives, a clever fantasy about self-centered and thoroughly unpleasant people who don’t get their comeuppance. Clever it certainly is with much of the witty and pacey dialogue that ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music / Lyrics: Marc Shaiman / Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Helen Tope Hairspray is a musical that moves to its own beat. Born rebellious, the musical derived from John Waters’ 1988 film, is a tale of inequality, difference and why we should care. In 2018, against a background of ...

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Deavere Smith Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Stephen Bates in 1992, two white officers in the Los Angeles Police Department were acquitted on charges relating to the brutal beating of Rodney King, an Afro-American, leading to riots, looting and, bloodshed. “LaLa Land” was revealed to all the world as a city of scars. Anna Deavere Smith has devised this ...

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Save + Quit – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Sophia Leuner Director: Billie De Buitlear Reviewer: Laura Marriott Two Londoners find themselves having to decide whether it is time to move on. Two former best friends in Dublin look to see whether tragedy can bring them together once more. Save + Quit are two short plays connected by themes of moving on; of closing one chapter in life and ...

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Divine Horsemen – Access Theater, New York

[Divine Horsemen] [Access Theater] [NYC] (c)David Zayas, Jr.

Writer: Paul Calderón Director: Paul Calderón Reviewer: Robert Price Held at gunpoint, Iffy (David Zayas) is a great storyteller. He ridicules the punk kid in the bandana and escapes the episode with perfect comedic timing. He defends his Spanish Harlem candy counter without even pulling out his bat. Benny (Robert Lee Leng) can hardly believe the old man’s account as ...

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Punk Rock – Lantern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Lisa Gregan Reviewer: Julia Beasley A group of sixth formers hangs out in the library of a private school. They’re facing mock A-level exams and feeling under pressure to perform.  Personality cracks soon begin to develop. Ultimately the weakest link will break, with devastating and gory consequences. This dramatic piece by the Bristol Old Vic Young ...

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Strangers In Between – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: Tommy Murphy Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: David Guest Growing pains and relationships are explored in the warm-hearted Strangers in Between, a coming of age drama set in Australia that tugs the heartstrings as well as constantly jolting the funny bone. The production’s reputation precedes it, journeying as it does from its first outing a couple of years ago at ...

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