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Nine Foot Nine  – The Bunker, London

Writer:  Alex Wood Director:  Helena Jackson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Set in the not-so-distant future, this play, showing at The Bunker’s Breaking Out season, imagines a world where women have grown to over nine feet tall. These women overshadow the men and begin to rebuild the world in ways that better suit them. This inverted patriarchy works well as a metaphor, ...

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Wicked – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them? Wicked is a musical phenomenon. Since opening in 2006 the show has garnered over 100 major international awards and already been seen by nine million people in London alone. Seemingly ...

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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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