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CD REVIEW: My Fair Lady – 2018 Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg From the urgent, pulsing opening bars of its overture to its beautifully ambiguous ending, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady is unequivocally one of the greatest musicals ever written (credit should also be given to George Bernard Shaw for the original play Pygmalion, much of which survives verbatim in the musical adaption). Debuting in 1956 ...

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The Prisoner – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: S.E. Webster Peter Brook, a titan of British theatre, has collaborated once again with Marie-Hélène Estienne to create The Prisoner, which first premiered in Paris earlier this year. With support from the Institut Français and a strong cast, it is disappointing to find that the drama falls flat and far below ...

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Midsummer – The Hub, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Composer: Gordon McIntyre Director: Kate Hewitt Reviewer: S.E. Webster A whole decade has passed since acclaimed playwright David Greig’s Midsummer first premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Since then the play has toured across the world from New York to Seoul. 2018 now sees this fun, carefree musical theatre production return to the city of its ...

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Duckie – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling has become a magnet for theatre makers looking to explore feelings of isolation and difference in a manner that is accessible for children. Le Gateau Chocolat’s Duckie takes up that mantle in a show packed with charming theatricality and a wonderful central performance, though somewhat beset by moments of confusion. Duckie ...

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Can’t Stop, Can’t Stop – C Royale, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Sam Ross Reviewer: Tom Ralphs This is the most honest performance you will see at the Fringe this year. Sam is a student at Sheffield University. He lives with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At times it can be completely disruptive, making it impossible for him to live a normal life. At other times it can be manageable, but while he ...

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Sugar Baby – Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Catherine Paskell Reviewer: Clare Howdon Dirty Protests’ acclaimed one-man play Sugar Baby returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year following a very successful run at last year’s festival. The play centres on Marc, a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and his dalliances with him mum, dad, childhood sweetheart Lisa and local loan shark Oggy. Written by ...

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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Tom Ralphs After missing the Fringe for the first time since he made his Edinburgh debut, Paul Merton is back this year with his improv show. He’s joined by comedians including Mike McShane and Richard Vranch who, along with Merton, were mainstays of Whose Line is it Anyway? Because of this, it’s fair to say that, whoever Merton’s four ...

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Underground Railroad Game – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Creators: Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special Director: Taibi Magar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The small town of Hanover sits on what was, during the American Civil War, the Union side of the Mason-Dixon line. Over on the Confederate side, black slaves would enter the “underground railway” to escape to freedom through Hanover and, hopefully, onward to ...

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