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The Addams Family: The Comedy Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer:  Clare White Like the Windsors and the Kardashians, The Addams Family is arguably one of history’s most infamous extended families. Created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, the fictional kooky clan was brought to life in a cult television show in the 1970s, followed by two hit films in ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Live Before You Die – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Byron Vincent Reviewer: Paul Couch By his early teens, Byron Vincent was sleeping rough and taking drugs. Then he sold them. Even from an early age, it seems his life was in a terminal decline of nihilistic behaviours born partly from his upbringing on one of Britain’s roughest sink estates and partly from his bipolar illness. Later, he became an ...

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Shirley Valentine – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Daljinder Johal How many of us are truly living? This is the principal question of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. The play opens in a warm and bright kitchen with Shirley, a middle-aged Liverpool housewife whose stagnant life in a loveless marriage is disrupted by her best friend’s offer of a trip-for-two to Greece. ...

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Out Of Order – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer: Ray Cooney Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Dan English Ray Cooney’s revival of his 1990 farce, Out Of Order,  strikes a particular political chord just days before the General Election as it reaches Dartford as part of its UK Tour. Together in affection, divided by political loyalty, Richard (Jeffrey Harmer) and Jane’s (Susie Amy) liaison comes to a sudden halt when ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Bubble Schmeisis – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Nick Cassenbaum Director: Danny Braverman Reviewer: Paul Couch London's Jewish communities are full of history and culture, not least of which Edgeware, Wood Green, Golder's Green, Hendon, Canning Town, and Highgate. Nick Cassenbaum's Bubble Schmeisis is a hilarious recounting of his formative years growing up in Wood Green and, as an adult, his first visit to East London's last authentic ...

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The Artificial Jungle – Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Charles Ludlam Director:  Everett Quinton Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Theatre Breaking Through Barriers celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company with a revival of Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle. A campy take on film noir and Therese Raquin (Émile Zola's first popular novel), this play is a specific style that can be jarring if one walks in not ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Griffin & Jones: Slapdash Magic – Sweet Waterfront 2

Writers and performers: Griffin & Jones Reviewer: Glen Pearce In a crowded marketplace, it takes something special to make magicians stand out from the crowd. For every show-stopping Derren Brown there is a plethora of wannabe slight of hand artists that merge into one. Not so Griffin and Jones, self confessed pioneers of slapdash magic. While the duo may eschew ...

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