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Friday, September 22, 2023

Lauren Gunderson’s Anthropology at the Hampstead Theatre: Interesting Digital Thriller Falters On The Edge of Darkness by Aleks Sierz

Androids no longer dream of electric sheep — instead they inhabit our dreams. Whether it is novels such as Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun or Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me, or films…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Anupama Chandrasekhar’s “The Father And The Assassin” At The National Theatre: Vastly Compelling And Darkly Comic History Play About Indian Inde by Aleks Sierz

Nobodies who kill somebodies: let’s make a list. Okay, there’s Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK), James Earl Ray (MLK) and Mark Chapman (John Lennon). But what about the man who shot Mahatma Gandh…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Miriam Battye’s Strategic Love Play At The Soho Theatre: Mixture Of Laughter, Pain Ad Insight Into Contemporary Romance by Aleks Sierz

Remember what a first date feels like? Awkward. Exciting. Awkward. Intriguing. Awkward. Difficult. Yes, it’s a mixture of emotions, often between the desire to be liked and the frustration…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Tim Fraser’s Candy At Park Theatre: Moving Account Of Gender Identity And Masculinity by Aleks Sierz

Okay, let’s start with a definition: it is said that sex is what you have between your legs, and gender is what you have between your ears. Certainly, the emotional experience of falling i…

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Monday, August 21, 2023

Lucy Prebble’s “The Effect” At The National Theatre: Non-White Cast Bring A New Energy To This Contemporary Classic by Aleks Sierz

Success always opens doors. Ever since the HBO drama Succession was lauded as a huge international hit, one of its writers and producers, Lucy Prebble, has been a hot property. Although I pe…

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Friday, August 4, 2023

“Beneatha’s Place,” Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

Trauma is the source of identity politics. In the case of African-Americans, the experience of brutal slavery, exploitative colonialism and violent racism are defining experiences in their h…

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Sarah Middleton’s “Shewolves” at the Southwark Playhouse: Energetic Teen Fairy Tale by Aleks Sierz

Climate-change activist Greta Thunberg is great at doing two things: irritating complacent adults and inspiring idealistic teens. In Sarah Middleton’s debut comedy, Shewolves, which was fi…

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Monday, July 3, 2023

James Graham’s “Dear England” At The National Theatre: Joseph Fiennes Plays A Mesmerizing Soccer Manager In This Sport-Of-The-Nation Drama by Aleks Sierz

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Peter Morgan’s Patriots At The Noël Coward Theatre: Award-Winning Story Of Putin’s Triumph Is Vivid But Unreal by Aleks Sierz

Peter Morgan’s Patriots at the Noël Coward Theatre: award-winning story of Putin’s triumph is vivid but unreal The full version of the article Peter Morgan’s Patriots At The Noël Co…

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Danny Robins’s 2:22 A Ghost Story At The Apollo Theatre: Populist Shocker Is Pretty Chill Free by Aleks Sierz

Can you enjoy a ghost story during summer? Usually the idea of a haunted house suggests images of dark winter nights, thunder and lightning, and howling wolves. These atmospheric factors are…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, Barbican Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Imagine yourself in a remote place: it could be a mountaintop, or a lost village, or the Amazon. These are the locations that Simon McBurney and his Complicité theater company take us to wi…

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Vinnie Heaven’s “Faun” at Theatre 503: queer show is both joyful and thought-provoking by Aleks Sierz

We are watching history being made: after decades of being in the shadows, queer drama is now singing and dancing into the mainstream. Theatre after theatre is staging stories about queer, t…

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Friday, April 28, 2023

“Sea Creatures,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is it possible to successfully challenge naturalism in British theatre today? At a time when audiences crave feelgood dramas, uplifting musicals and classic well-made plays, there is very li…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” at the National Theatre: Josie Rourke’s Spirited Revival of This 1990 Classic Is More Fun than Subtle by Aleks Sierz

Brian Friel’s classic play about the blending of Paganism and Christianity in 1930s Ireland is more than 30 years old — and I remember seeing the original production from Dublin’s Abbe…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Miriam Battye’s Little Scratch At The New Diorama Theatre: Restaged Adaptation Of Rebecca Watson’s Novel Is Powerfully Theatrical by Aleks Sierz

The popularity of plays that feature trauma is certainly a trend in British theatre today. But is this a good thing? On the one hand, staging stories of sexual assault might offer consolatio…

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Monday, April 17, 2023

‘It’s uncomfortable, but real’: LITTLE SCRATCH – New Diorama Theatre by Aleks Sierz

little scratch (deliberately styled in lower case) is adapted by Miriam Battye from Rebecca Watson’s 2020 debut novel, and was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre in 2021. It now transfe…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

‘Neither a straight play nor an absurdist drama’: SEA CREATURES – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The Downstairs studio space of the Hampstead Theatre manages to continue to offer an opportunity to go beyond the usual naturalism of traditional storytelling, and this is exemplified by Cor…

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Friday, April 7, 2023

‘Unrelentingly dark & dismal’: A LITTLE LIFE – Harold Pinter Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Wow! James Norton naked! Wow! New play by Ivo van Hove. Wow! It’s four hours long. Wow! Wow! Wow! The much anticipated play of the year, an adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s 700-page best…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

‘Too messy to fulfil its ambition’: BLACK SUPERHERO – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In Olivier Award-nominated actor and activist Danny Lee Wynter’s Royal Court debut, the attractively titled Black Superhero, the ambitious theme of black queerness is explored through the …

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

‘A haunting story told in a magical way’: FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING – Young Vic Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Empathetic revival of Zinnie Harris’s 2000 play about a lost world and small island longings The post Further Than the Furthest Thing, Young Vic appeared first on Aleks Sierz.

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Monday, March 13, 2023

‘There are several beautiful moments of tender humanity’: THE JOURNEY TO VENICE – Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

The memory play is a theatrical genre which allows the playwright to locate their characters in the here and now while at the same time travelling back in time. It is the form adopted by Bj�…

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Bjørg Vik’s “The Journey To Venice” At the Finborough Theatre: Norwegian Memory Play Is Tender If Slight by Aleks Sierz

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini’s “Sleepova” at the Bush Theatre: Rather Predictable, but Fun Show about Coming of Age by Aleks Sierz

Is anyone still nostalgic about their teen years? The coming-of-age drama is a staple of contemporary British theatre, but surely there is something just a bit too predictable about stories …

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

‘Feels like a really essential piece of contemporary culture’: TRUTH’S A DOG MUST TO KENNEL – Battersea Arts Centre by Aleks Sierz

Has theatre’s time passed? In Tim Crouch’s latest 70-minute show, Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel, first staged at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh last year and now at Battersea Art…

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Friday, February 24, 2023

‘Makes for an entertaining show’: TROUBLE IN BUTETOWN – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

Donmar Warehouse, London – until 25 March 2023 With the fast-approaching anniversary of the latest war in Europe, our culture’s continued fascination with the second world war gets a con…

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Monday, February 20, 2023

‘If you blink you’ll miss the bruises’: GRACELAND – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is new writing becoming increasingly literary? Recently, some of the language being used by younger playwrights seems to me to be becoming too subtle, something to be savoured on the page ra…

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Laura Horton’s Breathless at the Soho Theatre: slender but heartfelt account of hoarding by Aleks Sierz

The female monologue is a well-established contemporary theatre form, but often the content is predictable and sometimes clichéd. No such doubts come to mind with Laura Horton’s latest pl…

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Monday, February 13, 2023

‘Has some wonderful moments’: LINCK & MULHAHN – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

With the total loss of its Arts Council funding, Hampstead Theatre’s future as a specialist new writing venue is in doubt. But before anything drastically changes, the playwrights and play…

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

‘A blend of rom-com & dystopian fantasy’: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Harold Pinter Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Culture which arrives from the margins to the mainstream is a classic phenomenon. In the case of Sam Steiner’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons it has taken almost a decade for this two-…

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Willy Hudson’s Welcome Home at the Soho Theatre: messy queer sci-fi show by Aleks Sierz

Willy Hudson is a writer and performer from Exeter — his Willy Hudson Ltd theatre company advertises itself as making “fabulous queer theatrical extravaganzas to make you go ooh, argh an…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

‘A show whose electric ending pushes you higher’: SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Ever been to a queer club? You know, drag cabaret night at Madame Jojo’s, or the Black Cap or Her Upstairs. No? Well, not to worry — the Royal Court’s latest provides a fabulously extr…

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