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Friday, February 14, 2020

‘Urgent, provocative & familiar all at the same time’: NORA: A DOLL’S HOUSE – Young Vic Theatre by Carole Woddis

Despite the challenges, and judging by the Young Vic’s typically youthful, mixed audience, Nora: A Doll’s House is a production to which they can relate and which, so far as I could see,…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

‘I came away eager for more’: PERSONA – Riverside Studios ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

I loved precisely Persona’s sense of oddness, it’s sense of non-Englishness, Krige’s subtlety and wonder, Mngcwengi’s unspoken defiance and calmness.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

‘Playlets of insistent intensity’: BECKETT TRIPLE BILL – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Jermyn Street Theatre, London  **** www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk Review: of perf seen January 17, 2020: © Robert Workman, James Hayes in Krapp’s Last Tape, recalling a moment of blis…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

‘Simply delicious’: SWIVE – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Natalie Abrahami makes Ella Hickson’s text and Elizabeth’s story pulsate with the sound of a young woman for whom insecurity runs in every fibre of her being.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

‘It is Shaw at his mischievous, provocative best’: CANDIDA – Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

The intimacy of the Orange Tree gives Candida the perfect setting for a discussion of moral, spiritual and political ethics.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

‘It takes some guts’: FAIRVIEW – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

In Jackie Sibblies Drury’s case, Fairview is very much tied up with the method, the form. She blows the traditional form sky high, introducing repetition, caricature and a final twist.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

‘Unusual & exceptional’: LAND WITHOUT DREAMS – Gate Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Land Without Dreams may be difficult, irritating, sometimes alarmingly ‘obvious’ but they also manage to dig further into what it is to be human, coming at us as it were from left-field.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Rhys Ifans is simply mesmeric’: ON BEAR RIDGE – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

In a mere 90 minutes On Bear Ridge creates a theatrical metaphor of unforgettable power and impact.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

‘Driven by explosive characterisation & dialogue’: SHOOK – Touring ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Spectators will go away wiser and sadder from this encounter with Shook, but most of all they will go away remembering Samuel Bailey’s dialogue and Josh Finan’s barnstormer of a performa…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

‘A triumph in so many ways’: [BLANK] – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Jemima Rooper, Kate O’Flynn, Zainab Hasan and Joanna Horton carry a lion’s share delivering the vitriol, pain and helplessness of struggling women in [Blank].

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

‘Delicious, clever & delectable confection’: THE WATSONS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Like characters in a book who never die, Laura Wade’s The Watsons at the Menier Chocolate Factory deserves to last forever.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

‘A definitive production for many years to come’: BLOOD WEDDING – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Now, in a daring and radical re-imagining, Marina Carr and Yaël Farber have transported Lorca’s Andalusian tragedy Blood Wedding to a deeply Celtic, Irish setting.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘Measured, haunting production’: UNTIL THE FLOOD – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

A great memorial, an unforgettable, nuanced testimony, we have to pay attention to what Until the Flood tells us. Listen, feel, and learn. Do see.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

‘Challenging to say the least’: AMSTERDAM – Orange Tree Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Maya Arad Yasur’s Amsterdam had already had an illustrious reception before it hit Paul Miller’s pocket dynamo Orange Tree, Richmond.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘Master craftsman at work’: Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation. Quite a handful of a title to get hold of. But unlike much printed on the front of the bottle these days, it is what it says. It is…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘A thoroughly plausible, engrossing update’: HEDDA TESMAN – Chichester ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Cordelia Lynn’s Hedda Tesman renews Ibsen’s play in the light of today without in any way losing sight of the original. In this age of radical reinterpretations, that’s quite some achi…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

‘Fascinating stuff’: APPROPRIATE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Donmar Warehouse, London *** Box office:   020 3282 3808 (No booking fees, £1 postage fee may apply)                    Telephone Mon-Sat 10am-6pm ...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

‘Once again Icke has pulled off a brilliant reframing’: THE DOCTOR – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Problematic, troubling, with a cast who give of themselves with unstinting commitment, once again Icke has pulled off a brilliant reframing in The Doctor.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

‘A spectacle that only the most hard-nosed sceptic would be unable to completely resist’: TREE – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

To the credit of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Idris Elba – and maybe Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley – you can feel the urge to find a healing of all sides in a conflict between black and whi…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

‘A battle cry against those who govern the USA’: The Time Of Our Lies – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

In Ché Walker’s dynamic, scarlet splashed, viscerally staged production, The Time of Our Lies is nothing if not a battle cry against those who govern the USA and its militaristic and fore…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

‘Packs a fierce climactic punch’: EUROPE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Michael Longhurst’s terrific, visceral debut production of David Greig’s Europe at the Donmar Warehouse packs a fierce climactic punch.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

‘You can’t help feeling Mamet’s real joy is in the gags’: BITTER WHEAT – West End ★★★ by Carole Woddis

It could be said that Bitter Wheat lifts the lid on the exploitation of power in the film industry, but it eaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Perhaps that was also part of David Mamet…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Philip Osment obituary by Carole Woddis

Theatre director and playwright who spoke for those on the margins of societyThe playwright and director Philip Osment, who has died aged 66 from complications arising from pulmonary fibrosi…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘A truly remarkable, rather wonderful small gem retrieved’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Marie McCarthy’s Clapham Omnibus venue never ceases to surprise. Dedicated, as befits its previous life as a library, to storytelling in all its various forms, Scott Le Crass’ revival of…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘A production of highs & lows’: PICTURES OF DORIAN GRAY – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

It was a bold idea on Tom Littler’s part to think of adapting Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray into a multi gender-swapping stage production.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘One of the most joyous experiences you’ll encounter in the theatre’: COME FROM AWAY – West End ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Come From Away, the story of how one small town, Gander in Newfoundland, responded to events of 9/11 when 7,000 passengers from 38 diverted aircraft landed in their midst, is one of the most…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘Tense, beautifully calibrated revival’: VINCENT RIVER – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Philip Ridley and Robert Chevara’s production of Vincent River emerges as a masterful depiction of oppositional but mutual need unexpectedly producing a healing catharsis.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘Impressive, even dynamic evening’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

For Death of a Salesman, one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays about the hollowness of the American Dream, Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell and their cast make it an impressive, even …

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘A sobering, haunting journey’: AVALANCHE – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Avalanche is a sobering, haunting journey that carries as much warning as it does perhaps solace to those thinking of having IVF or have had it as well as a kind of delight in the sheer beau…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘A cracker of an evening’: ROSMERSHOLM – West End ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

It could all go horribly wrong but Ian Rickson’s production of Rosmersholm in Duncan Macmillan’s new adaptation brings Ibsen’s dense moral and political tragedy safely into port.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

‘The show sparkles with invention’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

‘A sweet sexy fairy tale’ is how one critic described Sweet Charity on its opening in London in October 1967. And Josie Rourke’s final production as the Donmar’s artistic director be…

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