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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Tyler Sisters, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review – raucous celebration of sisterhood by Laura De Lisle

Quick-witted new play tackles a sibling bond in snapshots over 40 years The Tyler sisters start as they mean to go on: bickering. Middle sister Gail (Bryony Hannah) has come home from uni t…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mother of Him, Park Theatre review – lean domestic drama unsure where it stands by Laura De Lisle

Award-winning play starring Tracy-Ann Oberman centred on the mother of a teenage rapist Mother of Him was written a decade ago, but its most prescient moment happens in the first five minute…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

For Services Rendered, Jermyn Street Theatre review – uneven revival of 1930s drama by Laura De Lisle

A mixed bag of performances from a big cast in Somerset Maugham's anti-war play “I don’t think I have the right to influence her,” says an older character of her daughter in For Serv…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wilderness, Hampstead Theatre review - stark portrait of modern divorce by Laura De Lisle

Strong performances and snappy lines make this bleak drama sing “We don’t love you any less.” A natural sentiment to express to your child when you’re separating from your partner, b…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Rubenstein Kiss, Southwark Playhouse review - slick spy drama doesn't quite come together by Laura De Lisle

Excellent performances aren't enough to cover the holes in this fictionalised account of the Rosenbergs It's an ideal time to revive James Phillips' debut The Rubenstein Kiss. Since it won t…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Eden, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review - thoughtful commentary on people and principles by Laura De Lisle

★★★★ EDEN, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Thoughtful commentary on people and principles Hannah Patterson's new play is based on a true story, but stands firmly on its own two feet "It's gonna b…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bodies, Southwark Playhouse review - shaky revival misses the mark by Laura De Lisle

Last seen 40 years ago, James Saunders' four-hander never quite gets off the ground Bodies is the latest in Two's Company's series of what they deem "forgotten masterworks", this one making…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Unexpected Joy, Southwark Playhouse review - fully predictable fun by Laura De Lisle

New all-female musical might not be entirely unexpected, but it’s a solid enough evening There's a clear theme running through this year's autumn programme at the Southwark Playhouse: new…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Emilia, Shakespeare's Globe, review - polemic disguised as a play by Laura De Lisle

Great performances save this uneven tribute to a forgotten Elizabethan poet It feels like Michelle Terry’s first summer season at the Globe has been building up to Emilia for a while now. …

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Othello, Shakespeare's Globe review - André Holland shines, Mark Rylance pursues laughs by Laura De Lisle

Claire van Kampen's production is big and bold, but her husband's Iago misses the mark Claire van Kampen has a history of providing roles for her husband, Mark Rylance. He starred …

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Chicago, Phoenix Theatre review - baggy revival picks up later pace by Laura De Lisle

Cuba Gooding Jr hardly rises, but his co-stars shine in a show stronger on wit than tunesChicago has been on, in one form or another, for a very long time.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Misty, Bush Theatre review - powerful meditation on how we tell stories by Laura De Lisle

Arinzé Kene writes and stars in a witty, hard-hitting play about race and culture in modern London Arinzé Kene is having a bit of a moment. He won an Evening Standard Film Award for The Pa…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

La Soirée, Aldwych Theatre review - flickers of brilliance in a patchy evening by Laura De Lisle

The West End run of the cabaret variety show has everything but variety La Soirée is on the up-and-up. Beginning life as an after-hours show at the fringes of the Fringe in 2004, it won an …

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