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Smashed – Udderbelly Festival, London

Director: Sean Gandini Reviewer: Katherine Burr With a title like Smashed, Gandini Juggling’s performance promises to be somewhat riotous, so the opening stage, set with neat rows of apples surrounded by dainty china tea sets, creates an immediate sense of apprehension about what exactly is getting smashed. As the orderly chorus line file in to a wartime song, their formal ...

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Translations – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Alice Frances Brian Friel wrote his classic play in 1980, during the period of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Strangely, Friel denied that it was a play about politics, stating that it was about 'language and only language'. Indeed it is a delightful dramatisation of the illegal hedge schools existing in Ireland throughout ...

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Romeoand Juliet -Pleasance Theatre,London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Anna Simpson Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The Blue Crate Theatre company was formed by graduates of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2012 and was named after the only props they had for their first production. True to their origins this production is a prime example of how little a play has to depend upon its ...

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Privacy – Donmar Warehouse, London

Writer: James Graham Director: Josie Rourke Reviewer: Alison Lewin Not really a play in the conventional sense, but a cleverly constructed series of discussions that are pulled together under the premise of a play being written. What happens every time we 'like' a Facebook status? What's the harm in 'checking in ' and letting your friends know you're in Starbucks? ...

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Lucifer Saved – Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Oswald Director: Ray Shell Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The director describes Peter Oswald's verse play as "intriguing, majestic, magical, beautiful'' and, in parts, this London premiere of a new version of the play does live up to every one of these adjectives. It is also overwrought, overlong and overegged: a slender story, barely more than a sketch, relying on ...

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Dorian Gray – Riverside Studios, London

Writer and Director: Linnie Reedman Music and Lyrics: Joe Evans Reviewer: Stephen Bates Oscar Wilde’s narcissistic fantasy of eternal youth has entered our collective consciousness to the extent that almost everyone knows the very simple story - handsome young man does a deal with the Devil so that his portrait ages while he stays young. However, if simplicity is a ...

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The Perfect Murder – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Andy Moseley As the lights go up in Richmond Theatre, an imaginative, well-constructed, stage set is revealed, with two raised bedrooms at either end, and a living room and kitchen at a lower level. The attention to detail Michael Holt has given to the individual rooms and the overall design ...

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La Merda – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Cristian Ceresoli Reviewer: Harry Stern Walking into the small auditorium upstairs at the Soho Theatre, a champion of innovation, to take their seats the audience is confronted by a tall metal platform, atop which sits a woman muttering to herself in Italian. Not so remarkable in itself except for the fact that she is naked. She remains naked throughout ...

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