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Youth Without God – Coronet Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Hampton Director: Stephanie Mohr Reviewer: Richard Maguire Formerly known as the Print Room at The Coronet, London’s most atmospheric theatre has streamlined its name, but it certainly hasn’t streamlined its ambition. For this UK premiere of Christopher Hampton’s play The Coronet has invited award-winning Austrian director Stephanie Mohr to make her UK debut, and it’s a move that ...

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Thoughts & Prayers – TADA! Youth Theater, New York City

Director/Creator/Choreographer: Lauren Hlubny  Composer: Thomas Giles  Book: Alexis Roblan  Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers  It seems the state of the world of late is foisting outrage fatigue among humans across the globe.  With the twenty-four-seven news cycle, covering everything from environmental devastation to political unrest to local and national tragedies, there is always something out there to break our hearts or ignite ...

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The Talmud– The Doxee Theater, Brooklyn, NY

Director: Jesse Freedman Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell When one thinks of kung fu films, many things come to mind: intricate fight choreography, long-held grudges, battles for honor, whooshing sounds to mark every punch or kick, and, if you’re Meta Phys Ed. artistic director Jesse Freedman, lengthy debates surrounding Jewish religious law. Meta Phys Ed.’s latest production, The Talmud, which meshes ...

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This is Why We Live – La MaMa, New York City

Adaptors: Open Heart Surgery Theatre Based on the poems of: Wislawa Szymborska Director: Coleen MacPherson  Reviewer: Maggie McMuffin “I have to guess on the spot just what this play is about.” One would think with a line like this set toward the beginning that it would be hard to follow This is Why We Live. After all, it is a ...

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The Parting Glass – Gipton Working Mens Club, Leeds

Director: Rod Dixon Writer: Chris O'Connor Design: Ali Allen (set) Tom Blackband (Lighting and sound) Reviewer: Rich Jevons The Parting Glass is a development of The Life and Soul, a short one-man play which Red Ladder has been touring since 2016, and was written by Chris O’Connor following a period of ill mental health. Now a two-hander it explores how ...

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The Parting Glass – BITMO’s Gate, Belle Isle, Leeds

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Ali Allen Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Parting Glass has been developed from Chris O’Connor’s earlier short play, The Life and Soul. There has been some shift of emphasis, with the main change the addition of a second character which proves hugely beneficial to the play.  The Parting Glass functions effectively as a short ...

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The Emperor – Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Ruth Reinhardt Soloist: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The first concert of the Orchestra of Opera North’s Kirklees season was titled The Emperor. No wonder – Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, his Piano Concerto No. 5, dominated the evening. The customary arrangement of overture (or other shortish work), concerto and symphony was wisely abandoned in ...

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It’s Time – The 14th Street Y, New York City

Choreographer: Jenn Freeman  Composer: Dani Markham  Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers  It seems of late, that run times of shows are of utmost importance to audiences.  Particularly in New York, where it is rare to ever plan just one activity in a single evening, knowing when a show is meant to end is as pertinent as the start time to those purchasing ...

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