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Stay Happy, Keep Smiling – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Simon Naylor Reviewer: Andrea Allen On an evening where a good number of the smartphone-wielding audience have just received a news alert informing them that MI5 have declared the UK to be on its most critical terror alert to date, Stay Happy, Keep Smiling couldn’t seem closer to home. Bruntwood Prize-winning Anna Jordan’s play takes  the ...

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Molly – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: James Joyce Adaption: Tara Breathnach and Petal Pilley Director: Petal Pilley A hot-bed of feminine power and sexuality, Tara Breathnach’s one-woman show is a vivid and timely adaption of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Focusing on the book’s final soliloquy, this powerhouse of female agency is a welcome contribution to the Town Hall Theatre programme. It is hard to tackle Joyce’s ...

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that it is impossible to know both the position and the velocity of an object; the more we focus on the object’s position the less we know about its momentum. It’s not that our measuring tools are inadequate, but that there is some uncertainty inherent in nature. ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Second Violinist – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Enda Walsh Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Second Violinist produces a series of after-images both literal and figurative. Like a camera flash, it reappears for some time after its conclusion. In this contemporary opera written by Enda Walsh and composed by Donnacha Dennehy for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, the life of a protagonist who tortures ...

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The Toxic Avenger – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Joe DiPietro and David Bryan Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Richard Maguire Finally, the 2016 Southwark Playhouse production of The Toxic Avenger gets its London transfer. Based on the cult classic film of 1984, this musical, penned by the writers who gave us the underrated Memphis the Musical, is chaotic, messy and irreverent – to quote some of its lyrics, ‘it kicks ass, ...

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Hairspray: The Broadway Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since its star-studded Hollywood revival in 2007, Hairspray has proven itself to be a favourite for musical theatre audiences across the West. In this inception, on its latest UK tour, it is clear to see why ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Melt – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Shane Mac an Bhaird Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Rough Magic’s latest production, Melt, twists and turns in a two-and-a-half hour journey that feels like 30 minutes. The tension never lets up and the strangeness just increases as Shane Mac an Bhaird’s “sophisticated fairytale” uncoils. With Owen Roe heading up the cast, the close-quarterted space of Smock Alley ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Sin Eaters – Pigeon House Lab, Dublin

Director: Louise Lowe Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy ANU Productions have become a much anticipated part of the annual Dublin Theatre Festival. This year's sold-out offering The Sin Eaters continues the trend of examining hidden histories and highlighting social inequity. Set in the industrial surrounds of the Dublin Docklands, this show offers its audience a chance to look deeply into the Irish ...

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