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Why is the Sky Blue? – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Abbey Wright, Shireen Mula, Matt Regan Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There are two main feelings this performance generates. The first is a recognition that exposure to sex and sexuality for today’s young people is almost utterly different to even a decade ago, and it’s a real problem. The second, is that young people (ages 7-22 in this ...

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Chess – London Coliseum, London

Music: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Stephen Bates This new “semi”-staged production of Chess, a musical that can be seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, is a great deal more welcome than the 2018 revival of the Cold War itself.  The show was developed as a concept album and it then ...

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Prudes – Royal Court, London

Writer and Director: Anthony Neilson Reviewer: Richard Maguire The publicity for Anthony Neilson’s new comedy, Prudes, playing upstairs at the Royal Court, claims that this two-hander is a reaction to the ‘current sexual climate’. Coming after the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, Prudes seeks to explore if it is possible to still have sexual desire amidst an atmosphere of remorse ...

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Moormaid – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Marion Bott Director: Zois Pigadas Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Funny, intriguing, almost romantic but with a spike that jabs us into a high state of alert. Tackling the awkward subject of a (potentially) reformed terrorist coming back to his hometown seeking absolution and peace, Marion Bott’s super story is a mix of many factors, and is balanced just right to ...

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Tonight at 8.30: Bedroom Farces – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Jermyn Street Theatre has set itself an ambitious task – staging a full schedule of Noël Coward’s group of one-act plays Tonight at 8.30. In addition to producing these nine smart shows, it is also staging three pieces of new writing – Tomorrow at Noon. These are brand new and have ...

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Tonight at 8.30: Nuclear Families – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Jermyn Street Theatre has set itself an ambitious task – staging a full schedule of Noël Coward’s group of one-act plays Tonight at 8.30. In addition to producing these nine smart shows, it is also staging three pieces of new writing – Tomorrow at Noon. These are brand new and ...

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Tonight at 8.30: Secret Hearts – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Jermyn Street Theatre has set itself an ambitious task – staging a full schedule of Noël Coward’s group of one-act plays Tonight at 8.30. In addition to producing these nine smart shows, it is also staging three pieces of new writing – Tomorrow at Noon. These are brand new and have ...

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Rasheeda Speaking – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Joel Drake Johnson Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Richard Maguire After causing some controversy in Chicago, where it is set, and New York, Rasheeda Speaking now receives its UK premiere in the snug upstairs space at the Trafalgar Studios. The play’s frank examination of a relationship between a white woman and a black woman, both working as receptionists in a doctor’s ...

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