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Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story – Old Joint Stock theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Chicago, May 1924. Two ferociously intelligent friends, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, commit what is then dubbed the Crime of the Century when they kidnap and kill the 14-year-old son of a wealthy citizen. When they are captured, they admit that they are driven by the thrill of killing: they ...

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The Last Five Years – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Last Five Years has now been around almost twenty years since its première in Chicago in 2001. Moving off-Broadway, it garnered numerous awards. While the story it tells is a path relatively well-trod, its methodology isn’t. Jamie is an aspiring novelist; Cathy aspires to be an actress. They ...

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5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ginny has moved to mid-1950s America from England and feels herself strangely drawn to The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, a society for women that proudly claims that arm in arm they are the equal of any man. Every year the society holds a quiche ...

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Ordinary Days – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

The cast of Ordinary Days: Lisa MacGregor, Duncan Burt, James Edge, Alicia Barban

Music and Lyrics: Adam Gwon Director: Karl Steele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Claire and Jason are a couple trying to work out how to live together but pulling in different directions. Jason is intoxicated with his love for her; she is inexplicably more resistant. Deb has drifted into graduate school and - horror of horrors - has somehow lost her notes ...

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Closer – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer:  John Kennedy Are truth and honesty the antidote to the disease of love’s mutual self-deception or does it just poison it more? This is a provocative and accomplished adaptation of Marber’s award-winning play. A spiral of spiritual and sexual politics where perfidy and infidelity appear to be the only policies our disparate, often ...

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The Last Five Years – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Musical Director: Benjamin Grey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight A young couple, he an aspiring writer, she a struggling actress, meet, fall in love, marry, drift apart and separate. Straightforward Boy-Meets-Girl stuff, it seems. What sets Jason Robert Brown’s show apart is the rawness that comes from its highly personal, semi-autobiographical nature, drawing heavily on ...

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Rent – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company is an amateur company formed in 2011 and based in the intimate fringe theatre at Birmingham’s grand Old Joint Stock pub and theatre. Over the last couple of years they have produced a number of concerts of songs from the shows; ...

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The Book of Musicals – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Director: Richard Haines Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company is resident at this venue in Birmingham. This young amateur group was formed a couple of years ago with the aim of bringing big shows to this intimate venue and has been growing in confidence ever since. Last Christmas, it produced its first full length musical, ...

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