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Friday, January 24, 2020

Flights review at Project Arts Centre, Dublin – ‘bleak, tender and intricately written’ by Dave Fargnoli

Bleak, tender and shot through with stinging black humour, Flights is a meandering but intricately written meditation on the joyful recklessness of

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Beckett Triple Bill review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘humour and humanity’ by Dave Fargnoli

Memories can either comfort or torment us. Samuel Beckett’s fascination with the ways we distort, betray and cling to our past experiences

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Process review at the Bunker, London – ‘cleverly constructed dystopian thriller’ by Dave Fargnoli

No two people experience the world in precisely the same way, an ominously crackling projection declares in the opening moments of Sarah

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Shackleton and His Stowaway review at Park Theatre, London – ‘an uneven historical drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Chronicling the infamous, disaster-stricken 1914 attempt to cross Antarctica, Shackleton and his Stowaway is an uneven historical drama from author Andy Dickinson.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Trygve Wakenshaw: Only Bones v1.4 review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘farcical physicality’ by Dave Fargnoli

No text, no props, one light. Performance artist Thomas Monckton laid down some provocatively stringent parameters to frame his 2017 solo show

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Peter Pan Goes Wrong review at Alexandra Palace, London – ‘impeccable comic timing’ by Dave Fargnoli

Mischief Theatre’s accessible brand of slick, silly slapstick has made it an indisputable phenomenon, with the company putting successful TV spots, multiple

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Snowflake review at Kiln Theatre, London – ‘Mike Bartlett’s astute Christmas drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Downbeat and often devastatingly insightful, Snowflake is a heartfelt Christmas-time drama taking its title from the recently-coined term used to belittle anyone

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Monday, December 16, 2019

The Snow Queen review Rose Theatre, Kingston – ‘high-concept Christmas show’ by Dave Fargnoli

Writer and director Ciaran McConville’s high-adventure adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s melancholic parable The Snow Queen certainly widens the story’s scope, but

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Aladdin review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘infectiously enjoyable panto-musical’ by Dave Fargnoli

Powered along by a blazingly charismatic actor-musician ensemble, Aladdin is the latest in a string of annual rock‘n’roll pantos from Peter Rowe,

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Dick Whittington review at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – ‘tired and creaky pantomime’ by Dave Fargnoli

There is a fine line between maintaining fondly remembered traditions and rehashing a tired format. Marking the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s 125th anniversary,

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ravens: Spassky vs Fischer review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘an elegant study of pressure and paranoia’ by Dave Fargnoli

In 1972, the world chess championship became a proxy battlefront in the rumbling belligerence of the cold war. Recounting the gruelling, 21-game

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Musketeers review at Battersea Arts Centre – ‘daft and delightfully inventive’ by Dave Fargnoli

Enthusiastically performed but infused with gentleness, Goldilocks and the Three Musketeers is a charmingly creaky Christmas show with an endearingly home-made feel.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

West Side Story review at Curve, Leicester – ‘vivid, original choreography’ by Dave Fargnoli

In some ways, little has changed since West Side Story – the perennially popular musical from Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

My Brilliant Friend review at the National Theatre, London – ‘epic, unwieldy experience’ by Dave Fargnoli

When a pair of ragged, decades-old dolls are anonymously delivered to the home of a respected author, they trigger a flood of

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The Canterville Ghost review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘breezy, family-friendly adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Oscar Wilde’s gothic satire The Canterville Ghost gets a breezy, family-friendly adaptation from author Anthony Weigh, with the macabre meditations on mortality

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Season review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘sassy, small-scale festive musical’ by Dave Fargnoli

Unapologetically adhering to a well-established festive romcom template, The Season is a warm-hearted new musical from promising writing partnership Jim Barne and

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Puss in Boots review at the Theatre, Chipping Norton – ‘charming but awkwardly paced’ by Dave Fargnoli

Bright, light and meandering, Toby Hulse’s Puss in Boots is a cheerful trad pantomime weighed down by a few too many ideas.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Easy review at Blue Elephant Theatre, London – ‘quietly compelling monologue’ by Dave Fargnoli

Telling a familiar tale of sex, betrayal, and teenage anxiety, Easy is an engaging monologue from emerging playwright Amy Blakelock. The story

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Frankenstein review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘stilted sci-fi adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Reworking Mary Shelley’s seminal work of gothic sci-fi for the digital age, the National Youth Theatre’s Frankenstein explores the line between artificial

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Shook review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘consummately performed’ by Dave Fargnoli

Serving lengthy prison sentences, three young men attend parenting classes in preparation for a return to the outside world. Samuel Bailey’s first

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

God’s Dice review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘David Baddiel’s slick but slight new play’ by Dave Fargnoli

In a letter to a fellow physicist, Einstein once famously claimed that God does not play dice with the universe. The question

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Great Expectations review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘light and lively production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Kicking off this year’s National Youth Theatre REP season, Neil Bartlett’s take on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is an engaging if unadventurous adaptation.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Out of Order review at Southbank Centre, London – ‘an absurdist response to troubled times’ by Dave Fargnoli

It’s a bleak indictment of the times when a wordless, 90-minute clown brawl feels like an apt metaphor for any number of

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ivanov review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘powerfully performed production of Chekhov’s early play’ by Dave Fargnoli

One of Chekhov’s earliest, lesser-known works, bleak domestic drama Ivanov gets a sharply insightful treatment by Moscow-based company Theatre of Nations. It’s

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Friday, October 11, 2019

One Man, Two Guvnors review at Nuffield Southampton Theatres – ‘overplayed but enjoyable’ by Dave Fargnoli

Telling the story of a buffoonish liar swindling those he should be serving, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors – adapted from

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Monday, October 7, 2019

We Anchor in Hope review at the Bunker, London – ‘passionate performances, but lacks dramatic drive’ by Dave Fargnoli

Set in a traditional London pub on the night it goes out of business, We Anchor in Hope is a nostalgic elegy

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Either review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘playful, thought-provoking debut’ by Dave Fargnoli

Every relationship, from the briefest fling to the longest marriage, comes with expectations attached. Gently interrogating the impact of gender roles and

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Friday, September 27, 2019

King John review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-uponon-Avon – ‘bombastic and stylish’ by Dave Fargnoli

Full of ruthless ambition, destructive entitlement and cynical political flip-flops, King John may be amongst Shakespeare’s least-performed plays, but it certainly isn’t

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mother of Him review at Park Theatre, London – ‘thoughtful, morally knotty character sketch’ by Dave Fargnoli

Tackling the fallout within a family that follows when one member commits an unconscionable crime, Mother of Him is a thoughtful, morally

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Permanent Way review at The Vaults, London – ‘compelling indictment of corporate mismanagement’ by Dave Fargnoli

Investigating the controversial legacy of railway privatisation, The Permanent Way is a detailed, dry and typically forensic piece of verbatim theatre from

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Faith, Hope and Charity review at National Theatre, London – ‘grim yet galvanising’ by Dave Fargnoli

Surviving on little more than Faith, Hope and Charity, a group of volunteers, vulnerable adults and desperate families gather in a dilapidated

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