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The Water Orchard – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Eoghan Quinn Director: Dan Colley and Eoghan Quinn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Collapsing Horse embarks on an exploration of "comedy with sad bits" (Sonya Kelly) in The Water Orchard, bringing projection, puppetry, presentation and above all energy into the surreal story of a family struggling with change. Colley and Quinn have worked hard at their comedy, assisted by a dedicated ...

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Sister Act the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Tate James Beneath the arches of Matthew Wright’s simplistic gothic church set, Alexandra Burke leads a company of actor-musicians in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Sister Act The Musical. It's an iconic movie brought to the stage with an original score by Alan ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Eleanor Bergstein           Director: Federico Bellone Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Everyone associates Dirty Dancing with the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey; many certainly consider it as ‘the classic story’, with the stage production making its debut in 2004.  Dirty Dancing is currently embarking on a new national 2016/17 Tour. It’s the summer of 1963, ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal – Plymouth

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Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Helen Tope Dying is easy, comedy is hard – and in The Play That Goes Wrong, you will see plenty of both. Performed by Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’ cannot be accused of misleading its audience. A country house, murder most foul and a room full ...

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Funny Girl – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

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Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  James Garrington Success in show business is said to be as much about being in the right place at the right time as it is with talent. The film version of Funny Girl, following a successful stage run, did much to promote Barbra Streisand’s ...

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Dead Darlings: SHAME! Edition – Judson Church – New York

Writers: Ashley Nicole Black, Adam Feldman, Kenny Mellman Director/Curator: Amanda Duarte Reviewer: Maridee Slater "NYC, shame on you! If you all had just stayed in the shitty towns you came from and voted?! SHAME." Thus begins Amanda Duarte's intro to this month's edition of Dead Darlings, a monthly salon created four years ago to showcase the projects that artists of all varieties ...

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Bullet Catchers – Judson Memorial Church, New York

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Writers: Sandra W. Lee, Rebecca Hirota, Emma C. Walton, Jessica L. Vera, Jay Myers, Adrienne Brammer, Damion J. Williams, Victoria Nassif, Maggie Moore, & Julia Sears Director: Julia Sears Reviewer: Robert Price Six women and two men stand in uniform, singing in harmony that echoes off the walls of the cavernous church. Behind them Até, the daughter of war, sings ...

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