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Pepper and Honey – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Kristina Gavran Director: Tilly Branson Reviewer: Hannah Powell What is home when you are torn between upholding tradition and family and your own self-expression? Do you make the decision to pack everything into boxes and move your life once again for the sake of other people’s happiness, or do you stay knowing that the majority consider you unwelcome? Notnow Collective presents ...

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Electronic City – New Stage Theatre Company, New York City

Writer: Falk Richter Director: Ildiko Nemeth Reviewer: Robert Price Electronic City begins with big questions, spoken by an ensemble dressed all in black: Where am I, who am I, and what is the series of numbers I need to open this briefcase? Existential quandary in the smartphone era doesn’t sound all that different from the Greek chorus-style playwriting of the ...

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Pepper & Honey – Derby Theatre

Writer: Kristina Gavran Director: Tilly Branson Reviewer: Hannah Powell What does home mean for those whose lives are left precariously in the balance by looming post-Brexit Britain? Notnow Collective present the premiere of their new one-woman show Pepper & Honey on the day after the UK was planned to leave the European Union. Twelve Years, Seven rented apartments, Five jobs, and three different ...

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Ivanov – New York City Center, New York

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Timofey Kulyabin Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The joke goes: What do you call someone that speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American. And so it is for this reviewer at the Theatre of Nations’ brilliant production of Ivanov at New York ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Collapse – Sweet St Andrew’s Church

Writers and Performers: Karlijn Hamer and Mathijs de Valk Reviewer: Glen Pearce One has to pity poor Cassandra. Given prophetic powers and foretelling the destruction of her beloved Troy she was ignored. Gifted with the knowledge to save her city but unable to drove her mad. It’s a madness captured vividly in Karlijn Hamer and Mathijs de Valk’s musical duet, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: I Will Carry You Over Hard Times – Sweet St Andrews

I will carry you over hard times

Composer and Director: Falk Hübner Performer: Maarten Zaagman Reviewer: Glen Pearce Years ago Top Of The Pops became notorious for bands, increasingly obviously, miming along to songs. As you head into I Will Carry You Over Hard Times, Falk Hübner &  Maarten Zaagman’s contribution to Brighton Fringe’s Dutch Season, it is a thought that is hard to excise from your ...

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Something Better – Barrow Street Theatre, New York

(Josie Long) (Something Better) (c) Paul Bevan

Writer: Josie Long Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Josie Long, charming and optimistic comedian from England, brings Something Better to Barrow Street Theatre, in both name and intention. As a left-wing identifying human in a Brexit &Trump world, Long struggles comedically to come to terms with modern politics, baby boomers, and aging, in a not-quite-stand-up, not-quite-solo-show, that is completely heartening during a time in our history ...

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Crackskull Row – the cell at The Workshop Theater, New York

Crackskull Row press photo

Writer: Honor Molloy Director: Kira Simring Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Moving back and forth between past and present, imagination and reality, the living and the dead,Crackskull Row is a dreamlike probe into the history of a broken family. On May Eve, when the lines between the living and the dead are blurred, Masher Moorigan (played by the stunningly talented Terry Donnelly) ...

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