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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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:36PM
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 …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:36PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:36PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:42PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:54PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:48PM
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 …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:18PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:18PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:18PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:24PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:12PM
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-…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:32PM
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,…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:42PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:37AM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:07PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:07PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:55PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:19PM
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 …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:49AM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:55AM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:25PM
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…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:25PM
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

When Winston Went to War with the Wireless, Donmar Warehouse review – lively, but messy by Aleks.sierz

Jack Thorne’s play about the BBC informs and educates, but does not really entertain Can things change, or must they always stay the same? The latest history play by Jack Thorne, a man of…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:25PM
Sunday, July 2, 2023

The Swell, Orange Tree Theatre review - mind-bending romantic drama by Aleks.sierz

New play about a lesbian love triangle is emotionally true and profoundly theatrical There are some songs, and singers, that make your heart swell. One of them, for me, is Ani DiFranco’s …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:13PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

The Pillowman, Duke of York’s Theatre review – starry but slack by Aleks.sierz

West End revival of Martin McDonagh’s storytelling classic is fun but unconvincing British theatre is getting a bit timid — is that right? Ahead of the opening of this revival of Martin …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:55PM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

All of It/Hope Has a Happy Meal, Royal Court review – surreal pleasures by Aleks.sierz

New writing season kicks off with two imaginative adventures in theatre The summer season at the Royal Court, London’s premiere new writing venue, features two plays which imaginatively e…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 02:49PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Dixon and Daughters, National Theatre review - cold discomfort harm by Aleks.sierz

Trauma play about domestic abuse raises questions about the role of theatre Men are bastards. Okay, not all of us, but enough to make the lives of millions of women a misery. This we know, …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:36PM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre review – mysterious and allusive by Aleks.sierz

New play about family trauma and loss is an experiment in poetic drama Is it possible to successfully challenge naturalism in British theatre today? At a time when audiences crave feelgood d…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:18PM

A Little Life, Harold Pinter Theatre review - unrelenting trauma by Aleks.sierz

Ivo van Hove’s stage version of Hanya Yanagihara’s bestseller is a real misery fest Wow! James Norton naked! Wow! New play by Ivo van Hove. Wow! It’s four hours long. Wow! Wow! Wow! Th…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:03AM
Friday, March 24, 2023

Black Superhero, Royal Court review – ambitious, but messy by Aleks.sierz

Debut play about sex, race and queerness is a disappointing mishmash The act of idol worship is, at one and the same time, both distantly ancient and compellingly contemporary. Whether it is…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:32PM
Sunday, March 19, 2023

The Way Old Friends Do, Park Theatre review – sweet, but flimsy by Aleks.sierz

Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard’s ABBA tribute is fun, but clunky Is it a good idea to work with your spouse? The Way Old Friends Do, a love letter to ABBA tribute bands — which premiered a…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:19PM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards