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Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Bitter Wheat, the most controversial play of the year, is almost certainly also going to be the worst.
Citysong at the Soho Theatre is a beautifully written, poetic journey through time and space in Dublin.
Caryl Phillips’ 1980 Windrush classic Strange Fruit is a bit too masculinist and verbose, and poorly staged.
Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama Sweat vigorously massages the wounded heart of rustbelt America.
Long-overdue revival of a wartime classic, Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines offers an evening that is full of hilarity and insight.
Wife at the Kiln Theatre is a decade-hopping epic about marriage and sexual identity which joyfully celebrates the art of theatre.
Sarah Kosar’s new play Armadillo at the Yard Theatre, about guns and power, is an edge-of-your seat experience which is both frightening and troubling.
Revival of Githa Sowerby’s 1912 classic of industrial patriarchy Rutherford and Son is worthy but rather cumbersome and inaccessible.
Julia Pascal’s retelling of the Medea myth in Blueprint Medea situates the story in the contemporary struggle of the Kurdish people for their own homeland.
Intriguing Cold War thriller Anna is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of historical reality.
One woman’s journey to explore the legacy of the slave trade is brilliantly personal and provocative in salt. at the Royal Court Theatre.
White Pearl at the Royal Court Theatre, a new satire about the cosmetics industry and race, plays with stereotypes but is only mildly funny.
The stage version of Andrea Levy’s classic Windrush story is a fun epic that takes ages and ages to warm up.
Out of Water, a new play about gender, regional and professional identity, rides the crest of the feelgood factor.
Jude, Howard Brenton’s new cerebral tragi-comedy about a Syrian refugee’s Oxford dreams, is just too gnomic.
Poetic two-hander The Half God of Rainfall combines epic myth, family relationships and gender politics in an exciting evening.
Revival of Arthur Miller’s classic family drama All My Sons is very starry but the result is disappointingly uneven.
Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke is too middle of the road
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