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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Oddsocks Productions continues its quest to ‘tell good stories in a fun interactive way’ with their latest offering, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While they typically perform outdoors with a colourful array of larger-than-life characters, on this occasion they are resident in the Belgrade Theatre’s less formal B2 studio space, but they ...

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The Future – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Show title: The Future - Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, London Writer: Little Bulb Theatre Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Future is a quirky exploration of Artificial Intelligence and lies somewhere between a TED Talk and a rock gig. However, its focus on zany and nerdy humour means that it fails to ask any new questions about AI that ...

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While The Sun Shines -Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire For every cutting-edge play like 2014’s dystopian Pomona, or this year’s smart and queer Out of Water, artistic director Paul Miller throws in a Shaw or a Rattigan to keep the more traditional audience of The Orange Tree Theatre happy. Miller’s productions of rarely performed works by these playwrights are always ...

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Shrew-ed – UCB Theatre, New York City

Writer: Caitlin Bitzegaio Director: Matt Gehrig Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Writer and performer Caitlin Bitzegaio’s new one-woman show, Shrew-ed, at UCB Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen has a very charming premise. As mentioned in the press release, Bitzegaio encounters a group of aliens that are determined to kill off all the women on the planet. The reason for their intended gendercide? The ...

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Achy Breaky Bride – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Culshaw & David Paul Director: Sylvie Gatrill Reviewer: John Roberts Take one bridal shop in St Helens, add a heavy dose of Country and Western music and soak it with plenty of scouse humour and you have the ingredients for the Theatre Royal’s latest home-grown comedy.  It might not be the most sophisticated of productions, its most certainly ...

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Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva – Bread and Roses, London

Writer: Laura-Doe, Anando Bharti and Robert Grayson Director:  Penelope Chater Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There are quite a few vulvas – or should that be vulvae as Laura-Doe insists? – in London at the moment. Last month we had the lyrical Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at the Ovalhouse Theatre, and opening later this month at ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Phoebe Patrick Mischief Theatre are back, after the runaway success of The Play that Goes Wrong and the seasonal hit Peter Pan Goes Wrongwriters Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields have set their sights away from the on-stage madness of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and refocused their ...

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Cooped – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Cal McCrystal, Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey, Toby Park Director: Cal McCrystal Comedy four-piece Spymonkey are celebrating their 20-year anniversary and what better way to do so than with the revival of their 2001 show Cooped, what the cast have described as a “demented pulp gothic romance”, which believe you me only just about scratches the surface, as ...

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