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Assassins – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book:  John Weidman Director: Selina Cartmell What does one expect from a Sondheim musical? Irish and international audiences alike have been thrilled for many years by the dynamic musical compositions and quirky lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. As such, this production of Assassins has a lot to live up to, and something about this production falls ...

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Fat Friends: The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Resident Director: Craig Armstrong Writer: Kay Mellor Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the summer sun begins to peek out from the infinite greyness of above, the time comes to consider if our beach bodies are ready for public display. As luck would have it, someone else is watching their waistline – and they are bringing their whole family ...

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Half Breed  – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Natasha Marshall Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Richard Maguire Part poem, part performance, Natasha Marshall’s one-woman show returns to the Soho Theatre, before it embarks on a national tour. Specifically written in response to the lack of roles for non-white female actors, Half Breed traces teenaged Jazmin’s struggle with the small town blues. While Marshall gives a determined performance, some of ...

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Sex/Crime  – The Glory, London

Writer: Alexis Gregory Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Richard Maguire Billed as a ‘dark comic queer thriller’, Alexis Gregory’s new two-hander is a response to two high-profile murder cases which have hit the gay community in the last few years. Stephen Port killed four young men between 2014-15, while Stefano Brizzi murdered a gay police officer and was labelled the ‘cannibal ...

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Normal – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Caitríona Daly Director: Maisie Lee Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Lunchtime theatre has made a welcome return to Bewley’s on Grafton Street with an intense, ambiguous production that allows actors Karen Ardiff (Phil) and Caoimhe O’Malley (Helen) to flourish in their respective roles as mother and girlfriend to an unseen man with autism, Gary. While the play does not quite live ...

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Educating Rita – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This well-loved, well-known dramatic comedy takes place entirely within the offices of an English Literature professor, Frank, at an unnamed university as he meets with his first Open University student, Rita,  a Scouse working-class hairdresser seeking to know ‘everything’. Willy Russell’s play is known by many from the 1983 film starring ...

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The Sleeper – The Space, London

  Writer and Director: Henry C Krempels Reviewer: Richard Maguire Around halfway into this play, set on a train travelling from Venice to Paris, the actors suddenly call for the house lights to be switched on and then ask the audience ‘Will this play solve the refugee crisis?’ Although the audience are never required to answer this question, the reply, ...

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Just An Ordinary Lawyer – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Tayo Aluko Director: Amanda Huxtable Reviewer: Matt Forrest Just an Ordinary Lawyer proved something tonight; you don’t need a fancy set or stage trickery to tell a good story: just a fine performance, a captivating script and a musical maestro on the piano. Put all these ingredients into the mix and what you have is a thought-provoking, captivating piece ...

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