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Jim Alsbalstian’s (Post) Human Zoo – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool

two men behind bars

Devisers and Writers: Sean Stokes and Liam Hale Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Is making people laugh a good enough reason to put someone on the preservation list when the world is doomed? That is the premise of this offering at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. This black-edged show moves at a frolicsome pace looking at several scenarios dealing with the subject of ...

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I Am Antigone – Theater for the New City, New York

"I Am Antigone" by Saudamini Siegrist, directed by Myriam Cyr, presented by Theater for the New City's 2017 Dream Up Festival. (Left to Right) Jake Mathew, Leovina Charles as Ismene, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam as Creon, Nicole Ansari as Antigone, Logan Pitt, Matthew Robertson, Peter Halpin as Memphis. Photo by Wai Wing Lau.

Writer: Saudamini Siegrist Director: Myriam Cyr Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The story of Antigone has been told, adapted, and retold since ancient Greece, but if you don’t know it from Sophocles or Anouilh, she’s happy to tell you from her own point of view. Playwright and poet Saudamini Siegrist’s powerful new adaptation, as part of the Dream Up Festival at Theater ...

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Wired – Army@TheFringe Summerhall, Edinburgh

woman in british army uniform

Writer: Lesley Wilson Director: Jordan Blackwood Reviewer: Tom Ralph Plays about PTSD are hardly a rarity, even if the chances of finding one at an army run venue might seem low. However, it’s not just the choice of venue that makes Wired stand out, it’s the  approach it takes and the compelling central character that lift it above other plays ...

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Out of Love – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one man standing

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: James Grieve Reviewer: John Kennedy Elinor Cook's life-affirming, celebratory love-letter to childhood innocence, inseparable friendship, parental break-ups, adolescent angst and amazement, not least, teenage clumsy fag and bike-shed fumbling are the stepping-stones of Lorna and Grace's lives. The play's title has teasing ambiguities. Out of their love, any later nuance of gay affection, seems almost trivial, ...

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Box Clever – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one with clown nose on

Writer: Monsay Whitney Director: Stef O'Driscoll Reviewer: John Kennedy Writer/protagonist, Monsay Whitney, is Marnie. In tandem with Avi Simmons as multi-flexible-role, foil punch-bag facilitator, she catalogues her descent in to the, “Chaos that follows us everywhere”. Her catastrophic narrative is a monologue of mayhem punctuated with eviscerating emotional shrapnel. It’s a given that the toxic fallout of her appalling choice ...

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Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

three men one woman hands in air

Writer: The Company Director: Sam Hardie and Lucas Button Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Madness’ Our House plays in the background, while two people create a Happy 70th Birthday banner, and another two decorate the house and anticipate the arrival of birthday boy Alan. It’s a light, entertaining opening to a play that then takes a darker turn and continues down that ...

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Second Copy: 2045 – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man lying on white floor

Reviewer: David Doyle Set in 2045, at the end of a period of conflict, Second Copy: 2045 is a look at art in the wake of conflict and the death of artists. Given the current world climate, it is a premise that has real potential but unfortunately none of that is realised in this disappointing production. Much of the piece ...

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Last Resort – Summerhall, Edinburgh

people sitting in orange deck chairs

Reviewer: David Doyle 2Magpies have never been afraid to create work that challenges its audience. In 2015 in the café at Summerhall they performed The Litvinenko Project, a striking look at the death of Alexander Litvinenko, and this year they’ve returned to Summerhall with a new show exploring Guantanamo Bay. In the basement of the building, we’re invited on holiday ...

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