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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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The Ruck – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Kevin Fegan Director: Joyce Branagh Designer: Olivia de Monceau Music: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson This project began life with Kevin Fegan’s residency with the Batley Bulldogs rugby league team. He decided to focus on the club’s highly successful girls’ under-16 team for his play and even accompanied them on their ground-breaking tour of Australia in 2015. The result ...

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Frantic Beauty – BAM Fisher, New York

Choreographers: Ximena Garnica & the LEIMAY Ensemble Directors: Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Brooklyn’s LEIMAY Foundation and Ensemble premiered their latest collaborative dance art creation, Frantic Beauty, at BAM’s Fisher Space this week. This new work, the third of a projected five parts in their BECOMING Series, uses carefully choreographed lighting paired with cycles of energetic ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: End Of. – The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin

Writer: Seanan McDonnell Director: Conor Hanratty Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Gutter Bookshop is nestled behind Smock Alley Theatre at the bottom of Cow’s Lane, an area of Dublin on the edge of Temple Bar, that is crammed with cake shops and boutique jewellery stores. It is the perfect place to set a play. One of the benefits of the Fringe ...

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Thaddeus Bent’s Fear-tre of Fear – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool.

Writer: Thaddeus Bent Reviewer: Daryl Holden Imagine a world filled with tales of haunted sheds and breweries with the entrance to Hell itself beneath them. A world where madness and sanity go hand in hand. What you’re imagining, is a world of Thaddeus Bent’s design. From the moment Bent walks into the blackened room, holding the torch of a mobile ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Dummy – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Peter Dunne Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: David Keane Growing up in the shadow cast by their father’s limelight wasn’t easy for Dolly and Teddy, especially when Daddy was a notoriously bad ventriloquist with emotional issues. This lack of stability resulted in their mother leaving and Teddy eventually having his own breakdown. Following in daddy’s footsteps, Dolly (Niamh McGrath) has ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: We Are A Tribe – The Chocolate Factory, Dublin

Creator: I Have a Tribe Reviewer: Sarah Hoover A classic theatre game, Music Machine, involves each part of a group repeating a specific noise (pop, hum, clap, crow, etc), and a leader directing the volume and rhythm of each section. Patrick O Laoghaire’s unique, sampled folk-pop sound as I Have a Tribe is opened up in We Are a Tribe ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Owen Wingrave – O’ Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Composer: Benjamin Britten Director: Tom Creed Conductor: Stephen Barlow Reviewer: Laura Marriott Owen Wingrave, which was composed during the height of the Vietnam War, questions whether pacifism is an act of strength or cowardice. By deciding to step away from a life of war and conflict he is also walking away from everything that his family have stood for; honour ...

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