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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Greatest Liar in all the World – The Warren Main House

The Greatest Liar in all the World

Reviewer: Simon Topping Bursting onto the stage, a two-bit mentalist act and band of assistants try and raise enthusiasm in the crowd. It is not forthcoming. Feeling the need to end it all, the world-weary impresario attempts the “two-inch bullet catch”. But, just as he is about to pull the trigger, is persuaded by his companions to tell the story ...

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East is East – Nottingham Playhouse

An Asian family in their chip shop

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Dave Smith The press night for this timely revival of Ayub Khan Din’s 1996 play, a co-production with Northern Stage, takes place a little over a week before a General Election in which Islam, immigration and Britain’s place in the world have played a leading role. That many of the issues that ...

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Reprise – Paradise Factory Theater, New York

(Reprise) (Paradise Factory) (NYC) (c)Leandro Badalotti

Writer: Eric Maierson Director: Eric Maierson Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If you’re relatively up to date with the current state of Progressivism in the United States, then you may have heard of Nice Guy Syndrome. It usually goes hand in hand with the Friend Zone, in which someone, generally a cisgender heterosexual male, equates “being a nice guy and a good ...

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Jon Richardson: Old Man – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Jon Richardson, best known as a regular team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats, has brought his Old Man tour to The Lowry for three nights as part of his five-month run. Richardson’s life has changed a lot since his last tour: he has surprised everyone (but mainly himself) in bagging himself a wife (fellow stand-up ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: B.A.D.D – Sweet Waterfront

BADD

Writer and performer: Carrie Marx Director: Chris Lincé Reviewer: James Napleton B.A.D.D (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) is a meta-play where the audience is, in fact, a group of concerning parents, who have gathered in a church meeting room to discuss satanic worship. A clever and sharp parody, Carrie Marx’s script fuses wry British humour within a 1980s America evangelical setting. ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Slooshy Wordshow, The Rialto Theatre

Man in black jacket

Reviewer: Simon Topping Greg Byron, the performance poet persona of actor, writer, director and producer Gavin Roberston, heads to the stage swathed in darkness; he steps in a slowly dramatic way. The lights switch on suddenly to spot an avuncular face resting his eyes upon us. Stood, with writers notepad in hand, Bryon softly begins the show. With vocal rhythms ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Performance – The Warren: Studio 3

Writer and Performer: Iain Gibbons Reviewer: Paul Couch As we enter The Warren’s Studio 3, we’re greeted by an usher, played by Iain Gibbons. We settle back into our seats to await The Performance through the medium of interpretive dance by the world-famous Jacques-Baptiste Weckbach (played by Iain Gibbons). Fortunately, the show is delayed slightly, which allows a latecomer to ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Enter the Dragons – Exeter Street Hall

Enter The Dragons

Writer and Performers: Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards Director: Toby Park and Will Kerley Reviewer: Sophie Huggins With impressive credits such as Phillippe Gaulier, Peepolykus and Trestle attached to the two performers names, a sense of anticipation arises in the hope of physical engagement, anarchic comedy and clown storytelling, to which both Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards not only deliver ...

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