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Sunday, September 13, 2020

’An insightful & fascinating journey of exploration’: ABOUT WE ARE SHADOWS – Brick Lane by Aleks Sierz

Although I have visited Brick Lane a number of times over the years, much of We Are Shadows: Brick Lane this was refreshingly new to me and the adventure was a delightful experience.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

”Scrounger” at the Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

During the current pandemic, stories about isolation have a particular resonance. Feelings of claustrophobia, loneliness, and frustration slide off the stage and echo in our subconscious —…

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

‘Marvellously inventive & thoroughly compelling’: BLINDNESS – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

Simon Stephens and Juliet Stevenson create a perfectly beautiful and haunting installation for our times in The Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

“My White Best Friend (And Other Letters Left Unsaid)” at The Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

The strength of the response to the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter campaign has encouraged some theatres to create provocative, new work. Often, the keynote is a personal feeling. On…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Beautifully conveys its emotional & political charge’: SCROUNGER – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The bright colours of the performance underline the surrealism of Scrounger’s quest for justice, and Athena Stevens, the first actor in a wheelchair nominated for an Offie, performs her st…

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Review of “Spring Cleaning,” Arlington Road, London by Aleks Sierz

Can the act of dusting be a metaphor? This is the all-too-obvious question that jumps into the mind while watching Spring Cleaning, a very site-specific immersive theatre production that ta…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Death Of The Theatre Critic? by Aleks Sierz

This is the age of marketing, not the age of criticism. To give an example, I’ll start with a small incident that has a wider symbolic value. In November 2013, a new show called Gastronau…

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

“Les Blancs” at The National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Lorraine Hansberry’s debut, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first drama written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, where it opened in 1959. It is now an American classic, but it’…

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

“Jane Clegg” at Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Edwardian dramatist St John Ervine was once, along with Arthur Wing Pinero, Henry Arthur Jones, Harley Granville Barker and George Bernard Shaw, hailed as a British Ibsen. They wrote problem…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

‘This is a play that certainly repays interest’: JANE CLEGG – Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

A rediscovered Edwardian problem play gives a clear picture of marriage and morals in a bygone era.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sea Wall: A Profound Performance By Andrew Scott by Aleks Sierz

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

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

“Continuity”, Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Yesterday, I took a break from my sunny local park and turned a room in my house into the Finborough fringe theatre. You know the kind of thing: very small, very dark, very hot and airless, …

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

‘Psychologically convincing & fiercely compelling’: CONTINUITY – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

In Continuity, Gerry Moynihan explores the men’s fanaticism and the effects of their frustrated masculinity on their political beliefs.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

‘Theatre is rarely so forceful or so urgent’: THE PROTEST – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

This venue's urgent response to the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter campaign is powerfully realised.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

‘Mark Gatiss’ mesmerising acting dominates the play’: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III – Nottingham Playhouse (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Alan Bennett writes that “I’ve always had a soft spot for George III”, for no better reason than that he had studied the monarch’s reign at secondary school and then again at uni.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Reasons To Be Cheerful, Theatre Royal Stratford East by Aleks Sierz

If any musical can attempt to live up to this title in these troubled times, it must be this show from Graeae, a theatre company whose mission is to champion the work of Deaf and disabled ar…

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Caretaker: An Unnecessary Art Installation? by Aleks Sierz

We are living, I have frequently been told, through weird times. Maybe. But do weird times necessarily require weird art? Do bad times provoke bad art? Well, one of the most unusual response…

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

‘A real gem’: Philip Ridley’s online series The Beast Will Rise is ‘sublime storytelling’ by Aleks Sierz

The problem with creating theatre in an era of lockdown is that the constraints of working online tend towards a uniformity of creativity

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Unprecedented or uninteresting? Do bad times provoke bad art? by Aleks Sierz

We are living, I have frequently been told, through weird times. Maybe. But do weird times necessarily require weird art? Do bad times provoke bad art?

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Brief Notes Towards A Definition Of Leftfield Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In his wide-ranging, and widely read, survey of postwar British theatre, called State of the Nation, the Guardian critic Michael Billington sets out his stall: in the introduction to the …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

‘Diana Quick gives a bravura performance’: MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME – Donmar Warehouse (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

This revival of a 2011 HighTide hit, reconceived for streaming, stars Diana Quick and is intimate and quietly moving.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Zoom Play: “Midnight Your Time” at The Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

During the lockdown, the best online theatre, more or less, are shows that are specially created for this digital format. Much better than dull records of dramas that might have worked well …

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

‘Gillian Anderson’s performance is a scorcher’: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Young Vic Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

World on fire: The NT Live recording of this classic Young Vic production stars Gillian Anderson and is genuinely unmissable.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Curve Leicester’s “What the Butler Saw”: A Review by Aleks Sierz

Over the past couple of months, theatre reviewing has become film reviewing, and venues all over the country have struggled to make material available for watching online. The biggest instit…

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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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