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Wasteland – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Artistic Director: Gary Clarke Musical Director: Steven Roberts Reviewer: Jonathan Cash Gary Clarke is pulling no punches as he goes back to his roots to look at the devastation wrought on mining communities by the pit closures of the nineteen eighties and nineties.  Following on from his earlier piece, ‘Coal’, which portrayed the miners’ strike, Wasteland is a fierce and ...

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Thoughts & Prayers – TADA! Youth Theater, New York City

Director/Creator/Choreographer: Lauren Hlubny  Composer: Thomas Giles  Book: Alexis Roblan  Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers  It seems the state of the world of late is foisting outrage fatigue among humans across the globe.  With the twenty-four-seven news cycle, covering everything from environmental devastation to political unrest to local and national tragedies, there is always something out there to break our hearts or ignite ...

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The Talmud– The Doxee Theater, Brooklyn, NY

Director: Jesse Freedman Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell When one thinks of kung fu films, many things come to mind: intricate fight choreography, long-held grudges, battles for honor, whooshing sounds to mark every punch or kick, and, if you’re Meta Phys Ed. artistic director Jesse Freedman, lengthy debates surrounding Jewish religious law. Meta Phys Ed.’s latest production, The Talmud, which meshes ...

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Swan Lake – New Theatre, Cardiff

English Youth Ballet Music:  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Original Choreography: Marius Petipa Adaptor: Janet Lewis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the most popular of full-length classical ballet, and technically most demanding, Swan Lake has been performed countless times by world-famous companies such the Bolshoi, Kirov, and The Royal Ballet.  To dance the ballet, even in an adaptation, is a considerable challenge ...

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Surveys the Prairie of Your Room – La MaMa Experimental Theatre, New York City

Director and Choreographer: Dan Safer Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Witness Relocation brought Surveys the Prairie of Your Room, their first full-length duet, to the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival this past weekend. The Witness Relocation website describes the dance piece as “A duet about when things could go in any number of directions and you’re not quite sure which one ...

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Victoria – New Theatre, Cardiff

ballet dancers dressed as queen victoria and prince albert

Northern Ballet with The National Ballet of Canada Choreography, Direction and Scenario: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer; Barbara Michaels The recent spate of Victoria TV series and documentaries – to be expected in celebration of the bicentenary of the monarch’s birth – works in some respects as a precursor for a portrayal in another genre, so to some extent ...

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Cirque Berserk – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Cirque Berserk is as its title suggests – a raucous circus with a carnival atmosphere. This carnival quality is unsurprising when you consider the diverse nationalities of the acts, including performers from Brazil, Cuba, Mongolia, France, and that’s only a few. Cirque Berserk are clearly, and rightly, proud of the range of cultures that make each act ...

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Tmesis Theatre: Beyond Belief – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Artistic Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Award-winning Tmesis Theatre are one of the UK’s leading physical theatre companies, creating vibrant and questioning touring theatre productions, workshops as well as delivering an annual festival – Physical Fest- all from their base in Liverpool. Their style is playful and curious, combining text, music, strong physical movement and dance, ...

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