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Elf Off – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Devisors: Monorogue Reviewer: Ruby Isla Cera Marle Santa’s elves are exhausted, overworked and they just can’t meet the demands of the festive season, so the workers that are at the top of the Christmas tree are recruiting a bauble level human to help with demand. Upon arrival, the audience is given candy canes which will be used at the end ...

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Griff Rhys Jones: Jones and Smith – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Griff Rhys Jones says he doesn’t like going to parties, which is strange because coming out of this show feels just like leaving one – a party full of middle-aged friends at which the jovial host has shared some funny stories and you’ve all been pleasantly reminded of things that happened, and people you knew, 25 years ...

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Sleeping Beauty – The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: Rufus Norris Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Mary Scriven What better time for a bit of theatre magic than the Christmas season and they’re making an early and very impressive start at The Watermill Theatre in Bagnor with their production of Sleeping Beauty.   Christmas is always special at The Watermill, and they’ve brought the big guns in for this one ...

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Katy Baird: Workshy – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Performer: Katy Baird Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Piss, ketchup, sex toys, flesh - Katy Baird’s Workshy is both a study in abjection and a very honest autobiography of her own working life. Baird’s style is anecdotal, stories of terrible jobs told with warmth, humour and a matter-of-factness that feels often more like a night in the pub than a ‘performance’ to an ...

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin In a town where “all roads lead to Tesco”, it’s inevitable that this is the setting for Valentine and Vicky’s first date and the starting point for this story. A quirky spin on the classic boy-meets-girl tale – boy meets girl and tries to convince her not to film a porno… ...

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Beautiful Thing – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Andrew Greaves and Reis Bruce in Beautiful Thing

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is a truly charming tale of first love. Set in the early 1990s on a rundown council estate in Thamesmead, our protagonists gradually discover their depth of feelings for each other and, against the odds, seem set to live happily ever after. But this is not a ...

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Infertile – UCB Theatre Chelsea, New York

(Infertile) (UCB Chelsea, New York) (c) Francine Daveta

Writers: John Murray &Silvija Ozols Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Comedy and laughter, employed as strength giving tools in times of hardship, are some of the greatest gifts humankind has at its disposal. With as many as one out of six modern couples facing infertility, and no coming decrease in those numbers, John Murray and Silvija Ozols share their light-hearted take on ...

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Trans-Jester – The Stonewall Inn, New York

(Trans-Jester) (Stonewall Inn) (c) Jeff Eason

Writer: Lady Bunny & Beryl Mendelbaum Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Lady Bunny brings her delightfully crass humor to the upstairs theatre of the historic Stonewall Inn, in the now twice-extended Trans-Jester. A drag icon, Bunny melds show tunes, audience-interactive monologue, video media, pop music, and brilliant one-liners together in a one-person show that  balances social commentary with toilet humor to achieve a ...

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