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The Psychic Project – The Vaults, London

Performer: David Narayan Reviewer: Richard Maguire Billed as a mind-reading show, The Psychic Project initially ran for just an hour. In its newest iteration at The Vaults in London it probably still lasts an hour, but with a 20-minute delay to proceedings and then an interval coming in after only 30 minutes, the show extends over two hours. Perhaps it ...

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Shrew-ed – UCB Theatre, New York City

Writer: Caitlin Bitzegaio Director: Matt Gehrig Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Writer and performer Caitlin Bitzegaio’s new one-woman show, Shrew-ed, at UCB Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen has a very charming premise. As mentioned in the press release, Bitzegaio encounters a group of aliens that are determined to kill off all the women on the planet. The reason for their intended gendercide? The ...

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Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva – Bread and Roses, London

Writer: Laura-Doe, Anando Bharti and Robert Grayson Director:  Penelope Chater Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There are quite a few vulvas – or should that be vulvae as Laura-Doe insists? – in London at the moment. Last month we had the lyrical Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at the Ovalhouse Theatre, and opening later this month at ...

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An Indian Abroad – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Pariah Khan Director: Eduardo Gama Reviewer: James Garrington We all know about the gap year when students take a break from studies to travel the world and experience exotic places. It’s often perceived as a Western thing – but what would happen if an Indian student took a year out to visit the exotic island of Great Britain? Written and ...

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A Christmas Carol – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Director: Tom Cairns Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ebenezer Scrooge is alive, to begin with. A Christmas Carolis, too, alive with characters who emerge fully-drawn from their first breath, from the humbuggery of Scrooge to the ebullience of his nephew, Fred. Given that Dickens himself would perform his Yuletide short story, it is no surprise that his prose works ...

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Paul Mecurio’s Permission to Speak – Actors Temple Theatre, New York

Writer: Paul Mecurio Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers One of the most underused, and perhaps under-experienced, words in our culture? Sonder. The realization that everyone one passes/interacts with has as vivid and complex a life as themselves. For New Yorkers, the constant sharing of space tends to cause us to mentally isolate ourselves, to disengage. Other people become obstacles, traffic, demons who ...

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Burgerz – Hackney Showroom, London

Writer and Performer: Travis Alabanza Director:  Sam Curtis Lindsay Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Two years ago, while walking across Waterloo Bridge a man yelled ‘Tranny’, and then threw a burger at Travis Alabanza, a trans person of colour. About 100 people witnessed this transphobic assault, and yet nobody did anything. No one helped Travis clean up the mayonnaise that had landed ...

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