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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘Excellent, moving piece of theatre’: TICK, TICK… BOOM! – Bridge House Theatre by Laura Kressly

Before Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical Rent took the world by storm, there was the autobiographical show, Tick, Tick…Boom!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

‘Use of the grotesque & social critique is highly sophisticated’: GLASS. KILL. BLUBEBEARD. IMP – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

As a body of work, Caryl Churchill’s four plays Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp complement each other well and offer a bold social commentary that is dark, foreboding and surreal.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘Vital & vibrant contribution to contemporary theatre’: CHIAROSCURO – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Chiaroscuro is a relevant, moving production, addressing issues of sexuality and identity & focusing on characters that are often left out of theatrical narratives. It is a vital and vib…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

‘The nasty aftertaste negates the positives’: BIG THE MUSICAL – West End by Laura Kressly

Though the design is superb, the kids are both adorable and excellent performers, and McGuiness’s work is solid, the appalling storyline of Big and its tone-deafness can get in the bin.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘It shows its age’: FAME THE MUSICAL – West End by Laura Kressly

“Fame!” – we all know the infamous song. The lyrics, “I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly, HIGH” are not well known just because of the original 1980 film, but b…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘Powerful play’: JADE CITY – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Jade City is a powerful play confronting the consequences of the UK’s lack of social mobility and opportunity.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

‘Well-made family drama’: THE SON – West End by Laura Kressly

This portrayal of contemporary family life dealing with depression is honest and believable in The Son, yet there’s a cold judgement underpinning it.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

‘Individual scenes make for moving set pieces’: WORLD’S END – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

Part gay, coming-of-age love story and part historical snapshot, James Corley’s debut play World’s End is a detailed character study but one that isn’t quite sure what it wants to say.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

‘He’s funniest on the fly’: TOM LENK IS TRASH – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Tom Lenk is Trash is trash. That’s not even a cruel review, it’s literally what he told me to say. And after seeing the show, I am not going to be so stupid as to say anything he doesn…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

‘Could be a relevant & illuminating discussion’: CONSPIRACY – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Three conspiracy theorists have gathered to unpick discrepancies and inconsistencies in the 1932 photograph ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ in Conspiracy.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

‘Some moments that really hit home’: HOT FLUSH – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Hot Flush is a great idea and there are some moments that really hit home, but while Hot Flush is far from a complete washout, it’s hard to be fully engaged.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

‘Beautifully utilises imagery & metaphor’: RIVER IN THE SKY – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Peter Taylor’s script beautifully utilises imagery and metaphor in River in the Sky at the Hope Theatre and the overarching concept is strong.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

‘Charming & sweet’: Lobster – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Lobster is charming and sweet, if rather naive, making for a refreshing take on the cesspit that is dating by app today.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Roundabout rundown: Six Paines Plough shows at Edfringe by Laura Kressly

The Paines Plough Roundabout is the most reliable, new writing venues at the fringe. With a collection of work that represents the width and breadth of the UK both geographically and themati…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

‘A feat of ingenuity & organisation’: 80 Days: A Real-World Adventure – Underbelly Southbank by Laura Kressly

Guided by a web app, participants have 80 minutes to earn as much money as possible by answering cryptic puzzles. They must choose what equipment to spend their cash on before returning to t…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

‘Reminds us of the importance of activism’: THE TIME OF OUR LIES – Park Theatre by Laura Kressly

As the world feels like it teeters on the edge of a war what with the rise of fascism and the far right, this collage of extracts from Howard Zinn’s writings, music, and original text in T…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

‘Every line is impeccably delivered’: MATING IN CAPTIVITY – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are moments that are incredibly funny in Mating In Captivity, but this isn’t a play that really digs into the knotty issues the initial set-up exposes.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

‘Refreshingly inclusive’: CRYSTAL CLEAR – Old Red Lion Theatre by Laura Kressly

The performances are the strongest feature of this production of Crystal Clear at the Old Red Lion Theatre, along with its access provisions.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

‘Quirky, creepy & colourful’: CHAMBERS – A secret location by Laura Kressly

Chambers is a truly fantastic night out for anyone who’s brave enough to take the plunge into a new dimension.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

‘Tightly plotted & delivered at breakneck speed’: 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew – Touring by Laura Kressly

Armed with a glitzy jacket, a notebook and a whole lot of anger, Gillian English uses William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and it’s 1999 teen adaption 10 Things I Hate About You to …

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘Searing performances’: LUNATIC 19’S – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

Tegan McLeod’s script for Lunatic 19’s is a piercing character study using biting dialogue, ruthless violence and deep, emotional excavation.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

‘Feels much more in the past than it should’: FIVER – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

Musically the show is lovely, but Fiver sadly feels much more in the past than it should, and for a show that is meant to showcase snapshots of all different people’s lives, lacks any sign…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

‘Psychedelic, fever-dream of an interpretation’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Shakespeare’s Globe by Laura Kressly

Joyful, filthy, modern and messy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe will no doubt separate those who like their Shakespeare more reserved from those desperate for fresher takes on …

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Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Authenticity profoundly resonates throughout’: PIZZA SHOP HEROES – Touring by Laura Kressly

Phosphoros Theatre Company platform immigrants and refugees’ stories using comedy, narration and pathos in Pizza Shop Heroes.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘A lovely ode to a well-loved piece of music theatre’: GODSPELL IN CONCERT – Cadogan Hall by Laura Kressly

The British Theatre Academy presents this colourful, semi-staged concert version of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell. Providing a space for young performers to gain real theatrical experience, …

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘Performances are wonderful all round’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall by Laura Kressly

The orchestra, along with the actors and fantastic creative team, create an atmosphere that will leave you longing for your own Italian holiday romance in Light in the Piazza.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘A fine production of a play that still feels vital’: STRANGE FRUIT – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Strange Fruit is a complex, dense play that is beautifully played by a talented ensemble and thoughtfully directed by Nancy Medina.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘The entire cast brings excitement & energy to the piece’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre by Laura Kressly

While the name of the show, Kill Climate Deniers, invokes images of violence and negativity – a fact not unnoticed by the playwright – the show is poignant, entertaining and a clever way…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

‘A smart play & a welcome one’: ARMADILLO – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

British plays attempting to criticise America’s gun problem often come across as distant and condescending, but American Sarah Kosar shows in Armadillo that as awful as gun culture is, it …

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘Questions bandied about with gleeful nihilism’: THE FUTURE – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

In The Future, Little Bulb has drawn on research from the finest minds in science, mathematics and philosophy to look at the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the impact it could…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘A comforting reminder that we’re all suffering together’: EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

The relaxed vibe of Exceptional Promise that encourages audience reaction is hugely refreshing, especially as the topic is one that unites people against a common evil.

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