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Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! – La Mama, New York

(Dont Feed the Indians)(La Mama, NYC) (c)Maya Bitan

Writer & Director: Murielle Borst-TarrantReviewer: Jamie RoslerThere are several uncomfortable conversations that should be had by the United States of America, as a nation. One could easily point out that the U.S.A. is built on certain European ideals and beliefs, the acting out of which forms the foundation of the longest-lasting and arguably least had uncomfortable conversation. Don’t Feed the ...

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How to Win Against History – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Book, music and lyrics: Seiriol Davies Reviewer: Julia Beasley Edwardian cross-dressing toff Henry Cyril Page certainly knew how to be outrageous. He was the 5th Marquis of Anglesey, one of the wealthiest men in the world. But he squandered the family fortune on sparkly frocks and ruby-encrusted slippers, turned the chapel into a theatre and put on plays – starring ...

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The Trap  – The Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Kieran Lynn Director: Dan Ayling Reviewer: Richard Maguire Payday loan companies such as Wonga, once criticised for their high-interest rates and their coercive debt-collecting methods, no longer appear to hit the headlines, but they have not disappeared. Easy to find on the Internet, they are also increasingly familiar on the high street.  Kieran Lynn’s The Trap is set in a fictional ...

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Trestle  – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Stewart Pringle Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: Richard Maguire In a quest to bring younger audiences to the theatre, older generations are often underrepresented on stage; Potentially, this could be a problem considering that the older generation is theatre’s core audience. To partially rectify this imbalance, Trestle, the new show at the Southwark Playhouse, explores ageing and the loneliness that it ...

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Breathe a sigh of relief people for Lee Nelson is out of ‘the clink’, well more accurately the man behind Nelson....comedian Simon Brodkin has been released following his invasion of the Tory party conference, where he rather cheekily gave Theresa May her marching orders. The last time we saw Brodkin he was being escorted out of the ...

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Private Lives – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Coward’s frothy comedy of manners was concocted – as a vehicle for the Master and Miss Gertie Lawrence – at break-neck speed. And that’s how it’s delivered by London Classic Theatre, in Chelmsford for the 12th date of its national tour. All over in an hour and three-quarters, including the interval. Realistic ...

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Jon Culshaw: The Great British Take Off – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At one time it was possible for impressionists to satisfy their audience simply by approximating the accent and mannerisms of a particular personality and rattling off the occasional catchphrase. Nowadays audiences are more discerning and require a context and script before they will be happy. The autobiographical approach taken by Jon Culshaw in his current show The ...

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The Addams Family – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Maggie Constable Spooky ghouls and strange, creepy types arrive in Milton Keynes this week in the form of The Addams Family, the musical version! Starring Samantha Womack, much-loved actor and fast becoming national treasure, the show has toured to acclaim from all who see it. Wednesday Addams, the quintessential ...

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