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The Machine Stops – Jacksons Lane Theatre, London

Writer: EM Forster Adaptor: Neil Duffield Director: Juliet Foster Reviewer: Stephen Bates We think of EM Forster and we think of stories about the English upper classes at home and abroad in the early part of the 20th Century. Science fiction we regard as the territory of his contemporary, HG Wells, so it comes as a surprise to discover that Neil Duffield's ...

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You’re Human Like the Rest of Them – The Finborough, London

Writer: B. S. Johnson Director: Carla Kingham Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Before his death in 1973 at the age of 40, B. S. Johnson had written several novels, plays and TV films, often with a Beckettian eye for the surreal. The Finborough’s new trilogy of three of his short works serves as an interesting introduction to his work, albeit with a ...

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Diary of a Teenage Girl – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Marielle Heller Directors: Alexander Parker and Amy Ewbank Reviewer: Stephen Bates Flower power and hippies may have deserted San Francisco by 1976, but Marielle Heller's play, adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner's 2002 graphic novel, tells us that they left behind traditions of free love. Diary of a Teenage Girl is based around the daily tape-recorded ramblings of 15-year-old Minnie as ...

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Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths – Latvian House, London

Writer: Eugène Ionesco Director: Marianne Badrichani Reviewer: Stephen Bates The absurdist works of Eugène Ionesco are so unconventional that they could feel out of place on a regular stage in front of an audience seated in rows. Perhaps with this in mind, Marianne Badrichani comes up with the not-so-absurd idea of performing them at an elegant dinner party with the ...

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I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard – Finborough Theatre, London

Adrian Lukis and Jill Witnernitz in Im Gonna Pray So Hard For You

Writer: Halley Feiffer Director: Jake Smith Reviewer: Stephen Bates It is tricky to review a play that begins with a savage diatribe against theatre critics. Halley Feiffer's forensic study of the darker side of theatre sees successful playwright David convening with his daughter Ella, an actor, to await the first reviews of an off-Broadway production of The Seagull, in which she has ...

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MaliphantWorks – The Print Room, London

Director / Choreographer: Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s a curious thing to revisit a role many years later; often it’s partly nostalgia for a happier time, partly a sense of unfinished business, and partly perhaps a test of a performer’s ability to still deliver years on. Kenneth Branagh may have given five Hamlets (four on stage and one on ...

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Roundelay – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Sonja Linden Director: Anna Ledwich Reviewer: Heather Deacon Sex, lust and love all transcend the boundaries of age, so Sonja Linden unveils in the charming Roundelay, inspired by the ever scandalous La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler. At times surprising, at times clunky and often with tongue firmly in cheek, it is a sincerely fun night of awkward circus, with ...

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Rocío Márquez: Recital – Sadler’s Wells, London

Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s always interesting to listen to music sung in a language you don’t understand because while the words may pass you by, you can still glean so much from the tone, emphasis and evident emotion of the singer. Such is the case with Rocío Márquez’s 75-minute concert, Recital, which pays tribute to the classic flamenco sound of ...

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