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All in a Row – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Alex Oates Director: Dominic Shaw Reviewer: Heather Deacon All any writer can wish for is to ignite impassioned debate with their script and all a producer could wish for is that the production furthers that debate. Given the protesters outside of the Southwark Playhouse on Monday evening, All in a Row is doing just that, with a play that ...

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Keith?: Or Moliere Rewired – The Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Patrick Marmion Director: Oscar Pearce Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Patrick Marmion’s new comedy Keith? is all about chaos and the ease with which established structures can be upended. People like order, a way to give meaning to the terrifying randomness of the world, whether that’s through some form of religion to give life a pre-destined purpose, or the imposed human ...

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The Full Monty – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Helen Jones There can't be many people above a certain age who haven't seen the film The Full Monty, released in 1997 to great acclaim.  The story of unemployed Sheffield steelworkers resonated in the post-Thatcher era yet gave a feel-good factor to a dark time in modern history. Writer Simon Beaufoy has skillfully ...

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Mark Watson: The Infinite Show –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest In 2018 Mark took his latest stand-up, The Infinite Show to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was a huge commercial and critical success, with four and five star reviews across the board. The subject of the show is empathy. Following a much-discussed messy divorce, Watson is on a quest to gain a greater understanding of the people in ...

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Art – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Yasmina Reza Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Steve Turner Over 20 years ago Yasmina Reza’s short play was a major hit on the West End stage, with many well-known actors willing to take on the role of one of the three protagonists. It comes as some surprise then, to learn that it was written as a tragedy and not as ...

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Bonnie’s Last Flight – Fourth Street Theatre, New York

(Bonnie's Last Flight) (NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre) (c)Toby Tenenbaum

Writer: Eliza Bent Director: Annie Tippe Reviewer: Solace J. As you enter the plane (the theater), your tickets are torn and you are directed to your seat by a flight attendant. The layout of the seats replicates an airplane, with one center row and two aisles on either side. There are monitors overhead the seats, similar to overhead monitors on ...

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Kite – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Creators and Directors: Rachael Canning and Hannah Mulder Reviewer: Nicole Craft After the death of her mother, a young girl (Amy Blair), whose name we will never discover, finds herself going to live with her Grandma (Rosy Fordham). Not even remotely ready to grieve, let alone to get used to the sights and sounds of living in an old fashioned home ...

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Come From Away  – Phoenix Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein Director:  Christopher Ashley Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s surprising that this Tony-nominated musical has taken so long to reach London. Come From Away, about plane passengers diverted on the day of 9/11, is the perfect show to thaw the cynicism of our current times. When America closed its airspace after the attack ...

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