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Sid – Above the Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Leon Fleming Director: Scott Le Crass Reviewer: Stephen Bates Craig has a vicious streak. His girlfriend has gone off to university and the void in his life becomes filled with themusic of the Sex Pistols and, more specifically, with images oftheir bass guitarist, the late Sid Vicious. Leon Fleming's one-act play studies how cultural icons can become pervasive influences ...

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In Motion – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Alice Welton Director: Fiona Kingwill Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Anxiety is the scourge of modern life; now that everyone has the right to a career as well as a family, pressure to do both perfectly, see friends, live out enviable experiences on social media and photograph everything you consume is exhausting. Fitting yourself into an external expectation of what your ...

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She Ventures and He Wins – The Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: Ariadne Director: Marnie Nash Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The opening scene quickly establishes Charlotte and Juliana as the Rosalind and Celia of this enjoyable Restoration comedy. Both are already "vested in authority" (white shirts, black trousers) and enjoying "greater liberty" to go about in the world. It's one thing to dress as men, of course, quite another to behave as ...

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No Man’s Land – Wyndhams Theatre, London

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Maryam Philpott ‘I have never been loved; from this, I draw my strength’. Pinter’s version of no man’s land exists in a strange purgatorial world, somewhere between love and complete solitude, between past and future, between reality and dreams. The four men, in what is probably his least straightforwardly comprehensible play, speak of ...

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The Royal Mischief – The Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: Delarivier Manley Director: Kate Handford Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The entire cast lines up to introduce the characters in this Restoration tragedy, a useful opening for an unfamiliar play. And while some details are hard to follow, it's always clear who is wanting to do what to whom, and who would rather not be on the receiving end of such ...

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A Lovely Sunday at the Creve Coeur – Print Room, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Stephen Bates For 20 years from the mid-1940s,Tennessee Williams could do little wrong, writing a string of critical and commercial successes.However, this revival is of a play written in1979 and itshows us a writer who had passed his peak, looking back to his roots in America's South ofthe1930s to find fresh inspiration. On ...

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John and Jen – Union Theatre, London

Music and Book: Andrew Lippa Lyrics and Book: Tom Greenwald Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sibling relationships aren’t very well covered in popular culture, and when they are they’re usually a subplot depicting brothers and sisters at war, either murdering each other for an inheritance in Poirot or having affairs with each other’s wives in EastEnders. And musical theatre, ...

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Briefs! – London Wonderground, South Bank

Creators: Briefs Factory Reviewer: Tom Finch “Out watching a cabaret show on a Tuesday night, you bunch of trashbags” was the words the audience were greeted with (though with considerably more expletives) on Press Night for the fourth year of Briefs!, an all male ‘boylesque’ group with a penchant for thrusting, gyrating and, of course, stripping. The evening of saucy, ...

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