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Fame the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jose Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen  “You want fame? Well fame costs. And right here is where you start paying in sweat.”  The story and sentiment behind Fame the Musical is indeed an infamous one. It has brought to life the ‘behind the scenes’ of the prestigious New York City High ...

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WEIRD – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Lucy Burke Director: Peter Taylor Reviewer: David Guest Writers have never been shy about tackling mental illness on stage: King Lear, Hamlet, A Doll’s House, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night and more recently the musical Dear Evan Hansen have all dared to deal with an “invisible” illness too often used as a cheap way of getting laughs. Every ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Actors Fund, New York

[A Midsummer Night's Dream] [Smith Street Stage, NYC] (c)Chris Montgomery Photography

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Hopkins Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Smith Street Stage brings a vibrant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Actors Fund after a run at Carroll Park in Brooklyn earlier this month. Jonathan Hopkins directs a dynamic cast with specificity and joy, and the spirit of one of Shakespeare’s most well-trodden romps is freshly invigorated in ...

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The Opera is Always on the Table—New Ohio Theatre, New York

[The Opera is Always on the Table] [New Ohio Theatre, NYC] (c)

Writer: Hanna Lea Novak Director: Hanna Lea Novak & Tina Satter Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell The New Ohio Theatre continues its silver anniversary celebration of the Ice Factory Festival with the third show in its guest-curated lineup, The Opera is Always on the Table by Hanna Lea Novak, curated by Half Straddle. Half Straddle’s artistic director Tina Satter co-directs with ...

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Latitude: Suffrageddon, Theatre Arena

Reviewer: Kris Hallett We’re in a room where it happens but it’s not THE room. In the years after a game-changing musical there are guaranteed years of imitators coming along to try to bask in some of the glory, and more importantly, box office bonanza’s of these works. It hasn’t taken long for Hamilton’s influence to take hold, SUFFRAGEDDONis so in thrall ...

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FIFTY-WORD FRINGE PITCH: Nick Dixon

With time being precious during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we challenged this year’s acts to deliver a 50-word elevator pitch for their show. This time it’s the turn of Nick Dixon. Nick Dixon is already being hailed as the “Saviour of comedy”. He has appeared on TV’s ‘Comedy Central at the Comedy Store’ twice and smashed both, was chosen by ...

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The Producers – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan  Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks Directors: Lewis Butler and Nick Charters Reviewer: Alice Fowler Based on Mel Brooks’ much-loved movie, The Producers took Broadway by storm, galvanising audiences in the wake of 9/11. PPA’s version of this outrageous, high-camp hit plays in the shadow of another fallen edifice – Harvey Weinstein - whose downfall ...

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BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go! – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

[BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go] [Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC] (c)Jason Russo

Writer: BenDeLaCreme Director: BenDeLaCreme Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers After a wildly successful run of the show during the summer of 2016, BenDeLaCreme returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go!. DeLa (as her fans call her) brings her trademark spark and wit to the stage, and even more confidence and polish as a seasoned performer. A fan favorite on ...

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