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All About Eve – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Adaptor and Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Two big stories compete for space in this exciting interpretation of a classic. Both are brought to life vividly, though don’t seem to depend on each other. All About Eve feels like two plays with the same characters. Eve turns up at the stage door of Margot Channing’s playhouse every night ...

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Rasheeda Speaking – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Joel Drake Johnson Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Richard Maguire After causing some controversy in Chicago, where it is set, and New York, Rasheeda Speaking now receives its UK premiere in the snug upstairs space at the Trafalgar Studios. The play’s frank examination of a relationship between a white woman and a black woman, both working as receptionists in a doctor’s ...

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Silver Lining – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Lizz Clark It's common to refer to the Bechdel Test in discussions about women in media: it's a way of confirming that women perform more than the most perfunctory role in a film, play or TV episode. Is there an equivalent test for older people, I wonder, or for old women specifically? So ...

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Silver Lining – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Paul Couch According to the actor and comedian, Groucho Marx, "getting older is no problem - you just have to live long enough". But for the five elderly women who comprise the ensemble cast of Sandi Toksvig's Silver Lining, living long enough isn't the problem, it's having lived so long that they've survived ...

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The Driver’s Seat – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Muriel Spark Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: R G Balgray Mention Muriel Spark, and what do you think of? That’s right, Miss Jean Brodie. And it’s a curious business sitting in an Edinburgh audience, who are all tuned in to that very specific cultural reference. However, Spark wrote many other pieces, and this – atypically – is set in Italy. ...

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Ghost From A Perfect Place – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Have you many good memories? If you didn't, do you think you could create some and believe in them so much they became real? If you took a look at the timeline, and built your fantasist’s reality around events that actually happened, you may just sound plausible enough that others ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning 15th September 2014

History and choice seem to be the running themes through this weeks What's Hot choices. With plenty of theatre happening up and down the country we would love to know what you thought if you go and see any of these productions. Likewise if you think we have missed something off the list then again let us know in the ...

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Maurice’s Jubilee – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Nichola McAuliffe Director: Hannah Eidinow Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:3.5] Maurice’s Jubilee was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 to some very positive reviews, and has now been adapted for a national tour. It tells the story of an old man, ill and fallen on hard times, and his dreams, reminiscences and an old fantasy... or is it ...

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