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Sunday, June 30, 2024

The Marilyn Conspiracy, Park Theatre review - intriguing murder mystery by Aleks.sierz

New play about the death of the most famous American woman of the Camelot era The death of Marilyn Monroe is a wet dream for conspiracy theorists. Like the assassination of JFK in the follo…

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Monday, June 24, 2024

My Father's Fable, Bush Theatre review - hilarious and haunting family drama by Aleks.sierz

New play about secrets from the past is both funny and profound Following the huge success of Benedict Lombe’s Shifters, which transfers soon to the West End, the Bush Theatre is riding h…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Bounds, Royal Court review - soccer play scores badly by Aleks.sierz

New history play about football has a flawed second half Every day this week I’m watching a football match, and now — after April’s production of Lydia Higman, Julia Grogan and Rachel …

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Lie Low, Royal Court review – short sharp sliver of pain by Aleks.sierz

Dublin Fringe Festival hit from 2022 comes to London’s main new writing theatre Faye is okay. Or, at least she says she’s okay. But is she really? And, if she really is, like really oka…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Harmony Test, Hampstead Theatre review - pregnancy and parenthood by Aleks.sierz

Taboo-tickling comedy about both conceiving a baby and life as empty nesters “Welcome to motherhood, bitch!” By the time a character delivers this reality check, there have been plenty o…

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Bluets, Royal Court review - more grey than ultramarine by Aleks.sierz

Katie Mitchell’s staging of Maggie Nelson’s bestseller is neither original nor beautiful When does creativity become mannered? When it’s based on repetition, and repetition without dev…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Between Riverside and Crazy, Hampstead Theatre review - race, religion and rough justice by Aleks.sierz

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Pulitzer-Prize winner finally makes it to London It’s often said that contemporary American playwrights are too polite, too afraid of giving offence. But this acc…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

London Tide, National Theatre review - haunting moody river blues by Aleks.sierz

New play-with-songs version of Dickens’s 'Our Mutual Friend' is a panoramic Victori-noir “He do the police in different voices.” If ever one phrase summed up a work of fiction, and th…

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Monday, April 15, 2024

The Comeuppance, Almeida Theatre review – remembering high-school high jinks by Aleks.sierz

Latest from American penman Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is less than the sum of its parts I’ve never been one for school reunions, but even if I had kept in touch with former classmates I thin…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Out of Season, Hampstead Theatre review - banter as bullying by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about masculinity and music is predictable and clumsy One island off the coast of Spain has more cultural oomph than all the rest put together. I’m talking about Ibiza, the sun…

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Shifters, Bush Theatre review – love will tear us apart again by Aleks.sierz

New play about love and memory is exquisitely written and beautifully acted For the past ten years, Black-British playwrights have been in the vanguard of innovation in the form and content …

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Metamorphosis, Lyric Hammersmith review – vivid images, but where’s the drama? by Aleks.sierz

Lemn Sissay’s adaptation of the Franz Kafka classic is just too wordy Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” is a novella whose cultural resonance has echoed loudly down the years. As a mode…

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Till the Stars Come Down, National Theatre review - exuberant comedy with a dark edge by Aleks.sierz

New play about three sisters is full of energy, but also a bit too populist for me The National Theatre is meant to represent the whole nation — and not just the metropolitan middle classe…

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Cowbois, Royal Court review – fabulously queer extravaganza by Aleks.sierz

London transfer for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s riotous comedy Western At its best theatre is a seducer. It weaves a magic spell that can persuade you, perhaps against your better jud…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Don't Destroy Me, Arcola Theatre review - a theatre history curio by Aleks.sierz

Forgotten play by the author of Tom & Viv is realistic, but lacks dramatic focus British Theatre abounds in forgotten writers. And in ones whose early work is too rarely revived. One su…

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Sunday, December 17, 2023

Rock 'N' Roll, Hampstead Theatre review - exciting music, uneven staging by Aleks.sierz

Nina Raine’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s 2006 epic rocks, but also stumbles There is a song by Syd Barrett, founder member of Pink Floyd, called “Golden Hair”. It’s on his album The …

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Talking About the Fire, Royal Court review – urgent and informative by Aleks.sierz

Chris Thorpe’s one-man show about nuclear weapons is intelligent and humane Let’s start with what we know: the climate emergency is the single most burning question facing the planet. Ou…

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Friday, December 1, 2023

A Sherlock Carol, Marylebone Theatre review – merry, but mirthless by Aleks.sierz

Seasonal Eng Lit mash-up returns with its festive message of forgiveness It’s an elementary fact that Dickens sells at this time of year — look at all the perennial Christmas Carols spro…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen, Bush Theatre review – charismatic stand-up routine by Aleks.sierz

Samuel Barnett performs a sizzling monologue about sex and fatal attraction The Comedian runs, bounces even, onto the stage. The audience immediately applauds. He seizes the mic and makes se…

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Mates in Chelsea, Royal Court review – silly rather than satirical by Aleks.sierz

New comedy about toffs and tycoons is disappointingly juvenile and weak As Christmas looms, ’tis the season for comedy. And even the traditionally austere Royal Court feels obliged to join…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

To Have and To Hold, Hampstead Theatre review - funny but flawed by Aleks.sierz

Richard Bean’s new comedy about old age occasionally glows, but stays lukewarm There’s only a couple of things you need to know about playwright Richard Bean: he started out as a stand-…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

The Interview, Park Theatre review – Martin Bashir’s comeuppance by Aleks.sierz

Princess Diana’s BBC soul-searching makes for a slender docu-drama Journalism is a despised profession. And when you consider the story behind the interview that Diana, Princess of Wales,…

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Boy Parts, Soho Theatre review – not subversive enough by Aleks.sierz

New adaptation of Eliza Clark’s highly praised novel lacks a genuine heart of darkness We’ve all heard of the male gaze, but what about its subversion? Overturning masculine dominance i…

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Blue Mist, Royal Court review – authentic, but not entirely convincing by Aleks.sierz

Energetic new play about South Asian Muslim men challenges stereotypes Multiculturalism, according to the Home Secretary, has failed, so where does that leave British Black and Asian commun…

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Death of England: Closing Time, National Theatre review - thrillingly and abundantly alive by Aleks.sierz

Triumphant climax to Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s brilliant tetralogy about race It’s closing time somewhere in the East End. Nah, not the pub, but at a small local shop. Inside, Denise…

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Octopolis, Hampstead Theatre review - blue, blue, electric blue by Aleks.sierz

New play about the relations between humans and other life forms has profound depths How many hearts does an octopus have? Answer: three. This pub quiz clincher is just one of the many fasci…

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Operation Epsilon, Southwark Playhouse review – alternative Oppenheimer by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Alan Brody’s award-winning 2013 history play is solid but plodding Must science always be dominated by politics? This question is most urgent when the stakes are high — climat…

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Friday, September 15, 2023

That Face, Orange Tree Theatre review – in-yer-face family drama by Aleks.sierz

Revival of Polly Stenham’s 2007 punk extravaganza stars Niamh Cusack Playwright Polly Stenham MBE had a meteoric rise with this play, her award-winning 2007 debut which she wrote aged 19 …

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Friday, August 25, 2023

A Mirror, Almeida Theatre review - unconvincing and contrived by Aleks.sierz

Jonny Lee Miller stars in a problematically dystopian story of creativity and censorship This is a play about censorship in a totalitarian state — but, no, I’m not reviewing The Pillowm…

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Friday, July 14, 2023

Cuckoo, Royal Court review - slow, superficial and unfunny by Aleks.sierz

New comedy explores digital and family alienation, but finds nothing to say Historically, the Royal Court is the venue for cutting-edge new writing – you know, the kind of plays that have…

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Beneatha's Place, Young Vic review - strongly felt, but uneven by Aleks.sierz

British premiere by this venue’s supremo is thrillingly provocative but also flawed Trauma is the source of identity politics. In the case of African-Americans, the experience of brutal sl…

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