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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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#BigBrightStar – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Chris Harder) (#BigBrightStar) (NYC)

Writer: Chris Harder Director: David Drake Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers After the success of the Nasty Drew and that Harder Boy series at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Chris Harder brings his newest solo show to the venue. Written by the performer himself, #BigBrightStar is a clever, campy reflection on Harder’s career in the gay porn industry. Harder (his real name, convenient ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Play Time – The Warren: Studio 2

Writers and performers: Matt Zeqiri and Oliver Neck Director: Sarah Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce “Out of the mouths of babes,” the saying goes but what if our nine-year-old selves had adult heads on their small shoulders? That’s some Of Mice Theatre explore in their offbeat but charming comedy Play Time. Young Elton, aged nine is something of the school loner, nerdish ...

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Dave Spikey – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Dave Spikey performed his first stand-up show in 1987 while working as a biomedical scientist at Bolton General Hospital. He tells the three-quarter full Quay Theatre that tonight’s show is the story of his career. A tale of how he got from that point 30 years ago, to where he is now via winning The Best Newcomer ...

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