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Ongals: Babbling Comedy – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

four koren men dressed as toddlers in babygrows

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on the heels of the K-Pop phenomenon, Korean comedy troupe Ongals, bring their old-school with a new twist slapstick to the Fringe after successful runs in South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Clad in eye-popping toddler outfits, the rosy-cheeked, Three Stooges-haircut foursome combine magic, circus, mime, physical comedy, juggling, bell-ringing, breaking wind and beatboxing. Intending ...

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Quarter Life Crisis – Underbelly Delhi Belly, Edinburgh

woman yoland mercy in a party hat

Writer: Yolanda Mercy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The last few years have seen an upsurge in shows from Millennials pondering the meaning of life, and this year’s Fringe is positively awash with 20-somethings decrying their lack of a future and the problems of ‘adulting’. Yolanda Mercy, through her semi-autobiographical character Alicia in Quarter Life Crisis, brings, in her own words; “some ...

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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Richard Hurford Music/Lyrics: Rob Castell Directors: Suzann McLean, Damian Cruden Designer: Jane Linz Roberts Reviewer: Ron Simpson Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny takes its time deciding whether it wants to be a humorously feminist take on the Robin Hood story (with a message among the songs and the daft gags) or simply a summer pantomime. After a first ...

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The Wedding Singer – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Director and Choreographer Nick Winston turns back time to 1985 in this musical adaptation of the hit Adam Sandler film, which had a modest run on Broadway in 2006. The nostalgia trip starts as soon as you walk in as classic film ...

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Boom, Theatre 503 – London

Writer: Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Director: Katherine Nesbitt Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Written by a self-confessed biology buff, Boom is the story of a second Big Bang, an apocalyptic event caused by a huge comet colliding with the earth. Not an obvious subject for a comedy. Warned of this event by his fish, our hero, Jules, played with pitiable naivety by Will ...

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Decolonizing My Vagina – New Ohio Theatre, New York

Writer: Cristina Pitter Director: Jordana De La Cruz Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Part of the New Ohio Theatre’s ICE Factory Festival, Fridays On ICE is a late night salon series featuring work “more typically... perform[ed] in nightclubs, bars, and private apartments” than in more traditional theatrical venues. Each night of the series features a different artist. The August 4 salon, ...

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Apologia – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Alex Ramon Following on from his popular 2008 Royal Court debut with the dual-timeline gay drama The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s second play Apologia was produced at the Bush in 2009. It’s one of a number of plays of its period (Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love and Stephen Beresford’s The Last of ...

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Flood – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Hartwell Director: Georgie Staight Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s apt that in the same week that the weathermen warn us that August will be a washout, Flood opens at Covent Garden’s Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe. Set in the West Country, after a month’s worth of rain falls in one night, Flood follows the story of Adam, who is ...

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