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Thursday, August 11, 2022

At Edinburgh’s Festivals, Big Names and Live Issues by Matt Wolf

While marquee productions have featured star turns from Ian McKellen and Alan Cumming, smaller shows deal with contemporary life.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

'The Tempest' review — a cut down Shakespeare loses its magic by Matt Wolf

Shakespeare’s valedictory, to comply with the received scholarship on this climactic play of his, lands with muted force in Sean Holmes’s curate’s egg of a production – engaging and …

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Monday, August 8, 2022

'South Pacific' review — Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical is recharged with a new political currency by Matt Wolf

Julian Ovenden and Joanna Ampil in Rodgers & Hammerstein classic directed by Daniel Evans, Ovenden's former castmate in Merrily We Roll Along two decades ago

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

101 Dalmatians, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - puppets rule in patchy musical by Matt Wolf

Long-aborning musical still has a leg or two further to go There's further training, shall we say, still needed on 101 Dalmatians, the much-delayed show that marks the second consecutive mu…

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Monday, August 1, 2022

101 Dalmatians, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - puppets rule in patchy musical by Matt Wolf

Kate Fleetwood as Cruella de Vil in a show in need of further shaping

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

'Bad Jews' review — a shouty revival pushes the play to breaking point by Matt Wolf

Joshua Harmon's Off Broadway play resurfaces in London for a shouty revival headed by newcomer Rosie Yadid

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

'Chasing Hares' review — an ambitious political play that proves why theatre matters by Matt Wolf

Scott Karim and Irfan Shamji reprise their 2019 stage partnership in a new play set between Kolkata, India, and the UK and directed by Milli Bhatia

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Anything Goes, Barbican review - shipboard frivolity still fizzes, mostly by Matt Wolf

Last summer's hit Cole Porter revival is itself now revived, now with Kerry Ellis as Reno Sweeney, replacing Sutton Foster

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Friday, July 22, 2022

'Closer' review — 25 years on, Patrick Marber's play struggles to connect by Matt Wolf

Ella Hunt gives a breakout performance opposite Jack Farthing in patchy 25th anniversary revival of Patrick Marber's London and Broadway play.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Putin, Chekhov and the Theater of Despair by Matt Wolf

In London, a new play about President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and a revival of “The Seagull” explore undercurrents of pain.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

On the London Stage, Families in Disarray by Matt Wolf

Two new plays, “The Southbury Child” and “Mad House,” explore domestic discord with contrasting degrees of success.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

'King Lear' review — 25 years later, Kathryn Hunter still gives an astounding 'Lear' by Matt Wolf

Kathryn Hunter revisits Lear in a patchy production that co-stars Hunter's boss, Globe artistic director Michelle Terry

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A Doll's House, Part 2, Donmar Warehouse review - Noma Dumezweni nails it by Matt Wolf

Broadway entry from 2017 is the rare sequel that richly delivers Slamming the door on experience comes with repercussions in A Doll's House, Part 2, the thrilling Broadway entry from Americ…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

'That Is Not Who I Am' review — a significant play that deserves attention by Matt Wolf

Siena Kelly in superb form in a play by newcomer Dave Davidson - or maybe not .....

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

'Jitney' review — August Wilson's drama is worth the ride by Matt Wolf

Tinuke Craig directs Sule Rimi and a fine ensemble in early August Wilson drama

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In London, a Twist on ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ by Matt Wolf

The updated musical version of the popular film challenges preconceived notions about the protagonist’s appearance. A take on “Oklahoma!” similarly offers a twist on a classic.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

'Britannicus' review — classical drama brings fresh energy and adventure by Matt Wolf

Sirine Saba is Agrippina and Nathaniel Curtis Britannicus in rare sighting of 17th-century classic by Racine, directed by Atri Banerjee

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Review: Amy Adams in a Too-Fragile ‘Glass Menagerie’ by Matt Wolf

In a rare stage outing for the actor, in London, she plays the central character in Tennessee Williams’s play as more of a fusspot than a harridan.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

'Henry VIII' review — Tudor history and contemporary gender politics collide by Matt Wolf

Adam Gillen, the National's recent Mozart in Amadeus, plays the much-married English monarch in anarchic Amy Hodge production

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Theatrical Neophyte With the Know-How of a Pro by Matt Wolf

Jodie Comer, from the TV series “Killing Eve,” makes a thrilling stage debut in “Prima Facie” on London’s West End.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

'The House of Shades' review — a compelling intergenerational drama loses its way by Matt Wolf

Anne-Marie Duff shines in overly sprawling, diffuse play set between 1965 and 2019

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

'Old Friends' in concert was a Stephen Sondheim tribute for the ages by Matt Wolf

Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton and more led a legendary one-off concert in honour of a musical theatre legend

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Review: In ‘Jerusalem,’ a Once-in-a-Lifetime Performance, Again by Matt Wolf

Mark Rylance is back in a role that won him a Tony more than a decade ago. But this London production isn’t just coasting on past kudos.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Carnage of War, in Punchdrunk’s New London Show by Matt Wolf

The immersive theater company’s production invites up to 600 spectators to roam freely around a loose re-creation of the siege of Troy’s aftermath.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Marys Seacole, Donmar Warehouse review - frustrating yet unflinching by Matt Wolf

Off Broadway hit builds to a furious climax in London bow Inspiration jostles irritation in Marys Seacole, Jackie Sibblies Drury's Off Broadway hit from 2019 that has arrived at the Donmar …

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

'Bonnie and Clyde' review — a cartoonish take on a killer couple by Matt Wolf

Francis Mayli McCann is the reason for being of this London musical engagement, following its concert debut on the West End in January

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

'Scandaltown' review — clever Restoration comedy quickly wears thin by Matt Wolf

Mike Bartlett opens his third London play in quick succession, this one starring Rachael Stirling

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Trump and Moses: American Power Brokers on London Stages by Matt Wolf

In new works by English playwrights, the 45th U.S. president plots to become the 47th, and the New York urban planner Robert Moses loses his mind.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

'The Fever Syndrome' review — an overwritten yet vivid family drama by Matt Wolf

Robert Lindsay and Lisa Dillon in inter-generational family drama set in Manhattan.

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Anyone Can Whistle, Southwark Playhouse review - full-on bonkers by Matt Wolf

Niche Sondheim gets an, um, no-trumpets-barred revival Musicals don't get madder than Anyone Can Whistle, the 1964 Broadway flop from onetime West Side Story and Gypsy collaborators Stephen…

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Monday, April 4, 2022

'To Kill a Mockingbird' review: Rafe Spall shines in Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation by Matt Wolf

Rafe Spall and David Moorst headline London version of Broadway smash, alongside Tony winner Jim Norton as the Judge.

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