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Magdalena—TheaterLab, New York

[Magdalena] [TheaterLab, NYC] (c)Kevin Yatarola

Writer: Gabri Christa Director: Erwin Maas Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell TheatreLab started its Fall 2018 season, Homecoming, on September 12 with Gabri Christa’s solo performance piece Magdalena, directed by Erwin Maas with design and dramaturgy by Guy de Lancey. The performance uses dance, film, and storytelling to examine the life of Christa’s aging mother (the titular Magdalena) and her struggle ...

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beep boop – HERE Arts Center, New York

[beep boop] [HERE Arts Center, NYC] (c)Jeremy Daniel

Writer: Richard Saudek Director: Wes Grantom Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Before any given theatrical performance, one can spot several patrons with their mobile devices out (and on infuriatingly but blessedly rare occasions, some audience members use their devices during performances, but that is another matter altogether). Screens illuminate faces in the house, with theatregoers sending off texts to cement post-show plans, ...

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I Occur Here – The Space, London

Directors: Malena Arcucci and Mariana Aristizabal Pardo Reviewer: Scott Matthewman During this devised physical theatre work, a voiceover explains that there are four types of traveller: whether one is running away from something or running towards something else, merely travelling for the journey, and those for whom migration occurs more from necessity than desire. Those four archetypes do not map ...

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Where the Hell is Bernard? – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Haste Theatre Associate Director: Ally Cologna Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Where the Hell is Bernard invites us to imagine an authoritarian dystopia where occupants are drilled in obedience and productivity. Forbidden to explore or play at will, we meet the childlike members of Pod 17, locked in a mechanised efficiency; loyal subjects of an ambivalent ruler. For reasons that ...

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One Small Step—New Ohio Theatre, New York

[One Small Step] [New Ohio Theatre, Ice Factory Festival] [NYC] (c)Jack Frederick

Writer: The Saint Fortune Collective Choreographer: Emily Craver & Emily Pacilio Director: Gavin Price Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell The New Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival celebrates its 25th year this summer. In honor of this milestone, the festival departed from its usual open submission process and instead asked some of their most celebrated alumni to “identify companies they're watching as ...

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Circa’s Peep Show – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Sophia Moss A human pyramid stands before us. Three men in sparkly, colourful shorts stand at the bottom, three women balances on their shoulders and a fourth (Rowan Heydon-White), who we still believe to be an unwitting member of the audience, stands at the top, her head almost level with the ceiling.  The audience shrieks as ...

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The Belly of the Whale – Greenwich Festival, London

Director: Tina Koch Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Running away to the circus isn’t quite what it used to be, gone are the lion tamers and garishly painted clowns, these days circus performance is all about acrobatic skill. Ockham’s Razor have brought the tightrope walker and trapeze artist almost down to earth with their new show The Belly of the Whale, created ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tom has early onset dementia. It’s his birthday and his daughter struggles to get him in a jacket and tie for the arrival of his friends and family. Tom can’t remember which jacket she told him to put on two minutes ago, but he can remember plenty of other things – his school days, ...

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