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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Revisiting the National Theatre’s 2011 “Frankenstein” by Aleks Sierz

So far, it could be said that the National Theatre is having a good lockdown. Every week, this flagship streams one of its stock of NT Live films, which are always a welcome reminder of the …

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‘This is our humanity. And sheer genius’ – Andrew Scott in SEA WALL by Aleks Sierz

Lockdown occasionally spawns some real delights. Like the surprise appearance of a strange creature from the profoundest depths. One of these must be Andrew Scott’s superb performance in S…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

‘The camera captures Benedict Wong’s perfectly nuanced performance’: THE ARREST OF AI WEIWEI – Hampstead Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Howard Brenton's docu-drama about the harassment of the Chinese artist is imbued with fresh urgency and relevance.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

‘It is also about the elemental longing of all of us for human connection’: FRANKENSTEIN – National Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The megahit NT Live version of this iconic tale of creative hubris features a dynamic acting duo, but it is not perfect.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

“Gators” at Tramp Productions by Aleks Sierz

She’s an ordinary young woman, and she really doesn’t know what to think. After all, things are way out of control. Out of order. She knows that the natural world is pretty fucked and th…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

“Wise Children” at York Theatre Royal by Aleks Sierz

Reviewing theatre now means reviewing the film. Knowing that Emma Rice’s Old Vic 2018 production of Wise Children, her typically rambunctious version of Angela Carter’s last novel, publi…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell’s “Orlando” at the Schaubühne Theatre: Queer Desire on the Big Screen by Aleks Sierz

Virginia Woolf’s reputation has closely followed British cultural trends: in the interwar years she was a beacon of modernism, austere and difficult; by the 1970s a feminist icon; in the 1…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

‘A joyous celebration of the magic of theatre’: WISE CHILDREN – York Theatre Royal (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Emma Rice's version of Angela Carter's last novel is a beautifully bizarre celebration of alternative families.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

‘A powerfully resonant, relevant & riveting watch’: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – Breach Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The BBC film version of a Renaissance rape trial is powerfully resonant, relevant and a riveting watch.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

“One Man, Two Guvnors” at The National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Armchair theatre-lovers rejoice. During the lockdown, the National Theatre is streaming a selection of its past hits for free for one week at a time. These shows, originally filmed as part o…

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

‘Philip Ridley’s masterly monologue explores the anxieties of our current culture of fear’: GATORS (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Gloriously surreal monologue about everyday anxieties in extraordinary circumstances: welcome back the glittering dark!

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

“Bubble” is Digital Performance for the Political Viewer by Aleks Sierz

It’s only been a week since London’s West End went dark and theatres closed all over the UK, but it feels like months. Really. Like many others, I’m in self-isolation, stressed by work…

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Family and Community and Isolation in “The Croft” by Aleks Sierz

With everyone in lockdown, observing physical if not social distancing, a story about isolation can have a particular resonance. And there are few places in the UK that are as isolated as so…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

‘This proves that staying in really does have its compensation’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

These shows, originally filmed as part of the flagship’s NT Live project, are now available on its YouTube channel. The first is Richard Bean’s gloriously silly farce, One Man, Two, Guvn…

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

‘A story about isolation has a particular resonance’: THE CROFT – Original Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

This touring theatre's new tartan gothic thriller is complex, but also a bit overwrought and conventional.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

“The Claim” at The Shoreditch Town Hall by Aleks Sierz

Your story. Our story. Their story. Just imagine: you’re a political refugee, and, having experienced horrible things that happened to your family, you finally, after a lot of trouble, arr…

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

‘Many good debating points here’: BUBBLE – Theatre Uncut (Online Review) by Aleks Sierz

Theatre Uncut’s Bubble, a streamed film about social media and the woke generation is educational, but unexceptional.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

“I Think We Are Alone” at Theatre Royal Stratford East by Aleks Sierz

Once-radical theatre companies are increasingly celebrating anniversaries, as if to say, hey, look, we’re still here. Now it’s the turn of Frantic Assembly to mark its 25th anniversary w…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

“The Special Relationship” at Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Since 2000, Esther Baker’s Synergy Theatre Project has worked with prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending to produce powerful dramas about some of the most fraught s…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Text of the Day: I Think We Are Alone by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

‘A powerful account of female middle-class anxieties in Britain today’: SHOE LADY – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Shoe Lady at the Royal Court is not the most involving play in the world, but it does have an evocative resonance.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

‘Has some watchable, even intriguing, moments’: CORPSE! – Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Gerald Moon’s 1983 comedy-thriller, Corpse!, is a typical example of a style of writing about murder that is entertaining in its plotting, but offers little else of dramatic pleasure.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

‘Stories that have the compelling power of truth’: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

A verbatim piece about the subject of transatlantic deportation, The Special Relationship is a well researched, strongly contemporary piece.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Text of the Day: The Haystack by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Text of the Day: Pass Over by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Gerald Moon’s “Corpse!” at the Park Theatre: Comedy Thriller In A Tight Spot by Aleks Sierz

The idea of the perfect murder is a genre standard. The fantasy that you are so intellectually gifted that you could use a supremely clever scheme to bump off an enemy, or make a fortune, is…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sally Abbott’s “I Think We Are Alone” at Theatre Royal Stratford East: Coolly Controlled Study of Loneliness by Aleks Sierz

Once radical theatre companies are increasingly celebrating anniversaries, as if to say, hey, look, we’re still here. Now it’s the turn of Frantic Assembly to mark its 25th anniversary w…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

‘Great play, great revival’: THE CLAIM – Shoreditch Town Hall by Aleks Sierz

In the era of Brexit, and the government’s new immigration proposals, Tim Cowbury’s The Claim feels suddenly even more relevant.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Churchill’s “Far Away” at The Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

Caryl Churchill, Britain’s best living playwright, is enjoying a spate of high-profile revivals of her classic work. Last year, the National Theatre staged her Top Girls, and an upcoming p…

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Text of the Day: Endgame by Aleks Sierz

Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tim Cowbury’s “The Claim” at Shoreditch Town Hall: Quietly Satirical Account of Political Asylum by Aleks Sierz

Your story. Our story. Their story. Just imagine: you’re a political refugee, and, having experienced horrible things that happened to your family, you finally, after a lot of trouble, arr…

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