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Bad Jews – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Claire Hayes A play set in the aftermath of a funeral promises heightened emotions, family discord and most likely a disputed inheritance. When the deceased is a Holocaust survivor and three of the four characters are his grandchildren, you can add the provocative potential of lacerating, darkly comic argument to the mix. Bad ...

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West Side Story – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Leornard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Chris Williams West Side Story is constantly being voted in the top – if not number one – in lists of musicals. With the Broadway dream-team of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurent’s book based on William Shakespeare’s play, this is one musical that is still relevant ...

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[Title of Show] – The New Theatre, Dublin

Book: Hunter Bell Music and Lyrics: Jeff Bowen Choreographer: Melissa Kelly Director: Angelene Milne Reviewer: Bryan Hogan A picture of Patti Lu Pone keeps a watchful eye from the on-stage dresser, though like her Gypsy meltdown in 2009, I doubt she’d have been impressed with the audience, if she were present. This reviewer agrees with Patti’s assessment that there is ...

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The Horne Section: Milk The Tenderness – Udderbelly, Edinburgh

Creator: Alex Horne Reviewer: John Roberts The Horne Section is a curious yet totally entertaining hour of music and surreal comedy courtesy of stand-up comic Alex Horne and his 5 piece musical section. Alex Horne hosts the evening of spontaneous stand-up with cameo musical numbers from some of the UK’s finest musicians and mixes them alongside guest performances from some ...

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Justin Moorhouse: This Is What I Am – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts The Northern comedian Justin Moorhouse is back at the Fringe mainly to "escape the kids and long term girlfriend" - whether that is true or not is neither here or there. What’s important to know though is Moorhouse delivers a scintillating hour long set of blistering comedy that gives just as much pleasure to the audience as ...

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Confirmation – Northern Stage@Kings Hall, Edinburgh

Writer:Chris Thorpe Director:Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman There are subjects that are easy to address - both in theatre and the wider world - and there are some that are not. Writer/performer Chris Thorpe’s latest show,Confirmation, is a gutsy dialogue which addresses one of those difficult topics head on: it is intimate, it is challenging, and it poses deeply uncomfortable ...

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Rock of Ages – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Book by: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Choreographer: Kelly Devine Reviewer: Gina Skillings Its 1987 on LA’s Sunset strip where the hair is big, the egos bigger, Rock is king, and everyone wants to be a star. Drew (Noel Sullivan), a budding Rock star and Sherrie (Cordelia Farnworth), wannabe actress, both work at the Bourbon Room Club while they chase ...

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Spine – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Clara Brennan Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Teenaged Amy has a story to tell, and she is taking no prisoners. Feisty, frenetic and fit to burst her text explodes out of her as soon as the lights come up, as she prowls the book-stack set talking directly to the audience as if they are old friends. Young actress ...

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