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Winner of this venue’s 2018 International Playwriting Award, Out Of Sorts is a movingly-written and deeply felt drama.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Alice Birch’s experimental new play [Blank] prioritises form over content and is at heart depressingly reactionary.
Sabrina Mahfouz’s feminist account of British imperialism in A History of Water in the Middle East is energetic and passionate but also turns out to be a very slender piece of theatre.
Mephisto [A Rhapsody], a French meta-theatrical update of Klaus Mann’s classic novel, has some brilliant moments but lacks metaphorical force.
Baby Reindeer at the Bush Theatre, stand-up comedian Richard Gadd’s provocative one-man show about a stalker and complicit victimhood, is darkly exciting.
Ruby Thomas’ experimental debut play Either is an intriguing questioning of gender identity that retains an air of politeness.
This sharp and starry revival of Peter Nichols’ taboo-busting fantasia A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is pretty magnificent.
Caryl Churchill’s Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. at the Royal Court is wonderfully bright and incisively perceptive.
Scrupulous revival of Black Chiffon, an almost forgotten psychological thriller about class and unconscious desire.
There’s excellent acting in Two Ladies, a play that tickles the senses and the intellect by playfully morphing from one genre to another.
New Israeli play Amsterdam about the effect of the past on the present is an open text which owes much too much to Martin Crimp.
Tanika Gupta’s superb reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic A Doll’s House is both entertaining and deep.
New docu-drama The King of Hell’s Palace about the Chinese blood-contamination scandal of 1990s is about corruption and cover-up.
Lucy Prebble’s latest tells the story of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in A Very Expensive Poison, but prefers buffoonery over analysis.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk. Favourite stage direction: “There are two printed versions …
Lively gig theatre revival of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuroa, a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience doesn’t quite work.
Tim Crouch returns! And Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation at the Royal Court, his experimental exploration of belief and determinism, is touched by genius.
Simon Woods’ debut play Hansard, about the parliamentary ruling class is timely, and amusingly preceptive, but ultimately unsatisfying.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play Appropriate is a brilliantly acute and entertaining, if a bit depressing, deconstruction of the great American family drama.
One from the archives: In 1988, excavations began on the site of Shakespeare’s Globe and the occasion called for a symbolic moment.
In The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre Juliet Stevenson is mesmerising in a brilliantly written ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging.
Warheads, a new play about PTSD, features its co-author on stage in a powerful production which is basically a medical case study.
Rare Philip King play tries to turn a farcical situation into a serious drama - and it doesn't quite work.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk...