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Afterglow – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: S Asher Gelman Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Stephen Bates With this year’s Olivier-Award winner, Mathew Lopez’ The Inheritance, having followed quickly on the heels of successful revivals of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, London has not, in recent times, been short of dramas that chronicle the lives of gay men in ...

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Fabric – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Abi Zakarian Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: David Doyle Abi Zakarian’s Fabric offers a searing look at the life of one woman, Leah, and how her life unravels. In the process, the show explores wider issues of the shifting roles and expectations of women in society today, in a show that showcases wonderful new writing, direction, and performance. The exploration ...

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The Dogs of War – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Foley Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Stephen Bates Taking a train, a ferry and two buses to arrive at his parents’ remote home in Northern Ireland, Johnny is greeted by three invisible dogs and a mother who barks at him louder than any of them. So begins Tim Foley’s debut full-length play, which becomes a harsh and bruising study ...

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The Wedding Singer – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Music: Matthew Sklar Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Craig Hepworth   The Company always impress, a talented group of youngsters aged between 13 and 23 take on one big Broadway show each summer and, with only a couple of weeks rehearsal, leave the audience walking out of the theatre with a smile ...

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The Fastest Clock in the Universe – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Written in the early 1990s, Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe has always carried echoes of Dorian Gray but watching it in 2013, it is remarkable to see how it prefigured the cult of celebrity and television shows like The Only Way is Essex. The perma-tanned, pec-tastic, plucked ...

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock &Willie Gilbert Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Ruth Lovett [Rating:4] 1960’s corporate New York is the back drop for this jazz in fused irreverent musical tacked by the youth theatre group The Company. More recently associated with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s stint on Broadway in the show, this highly accomplished youth group ...

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Our Friends, The Enemy – Theatre503, London

Writer: Alex Gwyther Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4.5]   Being in the World War I trenches on Christmas Eve in 1914 seems impossibly remote from the hottest day of the year in 2013 London. This solo show combining the spoken word with theatre certainly does its utmost to immerse the audience in that world. It tells the story ...

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