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The Probleming – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Steve Jordan Reviewer: Christopher Hong   Thisnew comedy horror, as part of the Camden Fringe 2014, sees Cynthia and Nicole getting bored after their fresher’s week and running out of things to do. In a quest for excitement, they decide to join a supernatural society run by the nerdy Dave. The three then set off on a ...

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NEWS: Playwriting Competition – 1914-2014: The Last Days of Mankind

1914 – 2014: The Last Days of Mankind -Call for Submissions In the year of the 100. anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, we invite British and international playwrights to write a play in response to Austrian writer Karl Kraus’s epicThe Last Days of Mankind. After receiving a copy of the text from us, the writers are invited to use ...

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On Tidy Endings / Safe Sex -Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Director: Dan Phillips Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When talking of his 1987 trio of one-act plays looking at life in thetime of Aids, author Harvey Fierstein told the New York Times, "Look,if I'm gonna bum ya out, I'm gonna make sure ya have a couple a laughstoo." As the Tristan Bates Theatre hosts two plays of the trilogy,Safe ...

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Each of Us – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Moor Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Harry Stern Ben Moor revels in language. Writing it. Performing it. Making it up. Getting his tongue and his brain around what he has created. It’s marvellous stuff. Uplifting, moving and provocative. Whether what he has created here is nihilistic or an exercise in ultimate optimism must be the audience’s privilege to determine. ...

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Oedipus Retold – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Jeremy Kingston Director: Robert Gillespie Reviewer: Christopher Hong This is a double bill of Oedipus The King, a rewrite by Jeremy Kingston of Sophocles’ classic tragedy and Oedipus At The Crossroads, an original work written as a response to the original story. Oedipus The King is as told by Sophocles but with updated dialogue and clarification of some of ...

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The Snow Spider – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Adapted by Delyth Jones and James Lark from a story by Jenny Nimmo Director: Delyth Jones Reviewer: T. L. Wiswell [rating:3] A children's play about a magical spider that helps a young boy on a dangerous adventure? After a month of poufy pantos, limp Nutcrackers, and disappointing Dickens, this seemed like a great change of pace, even if it was ...

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Passing By – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Rob Cottingham [rating:2] Even though it was considered to be radical when first performed, because it was the first time audiences had seen a gay relationship represented on stage without shame or disgust (to paraphrase Simon Callow) this slight, insubstantial play from Martin Sherman is totally un-shocking nowadays, for the fact is that ...

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Call Mr Robeson – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Tayo Aluko Director: Olusola Oyeleye Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:3] Paul Robeson loved London. He first played Othello at the Savoy in 1930 [then something of a novelty – 35 years later Olivier was still blacking up for the Moor].Now, fresh from the Labour Party Conference fringe in Brighton, he's back in the heart of Theatreland, in a compelling monodrama ...

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