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Thursday, March 23, 2023

'Eugenius!' review — no superhero could save this muddled musical by Matt Wolf

Elliott Evans takes the title role in this latest iteration of a still-problematic, slow-aborning musical, here directed by Hannah Chissick

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

'Further than the Furthest Thing' review — a deeply visceral play finds meaning in the mysterious by Matt Wolf

Jenna Russell, in a break from her storied musicals career, plays the Scotswoman, Mill, in this fine revival of Zinnie Harris's elliptical if intriguing 2000 play, seen off Broadway in 2002

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

'Marjorie Prime' review — an eerie look at AI's future potential by Matt Wolf

Anne Reid inherits Lois Smith's stage and screen role as Marjorie, opposite Olivier nominee Richard Fleeshman, late of the West End "Company"

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Review: A Mobile Audience for a Moving ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Matt Wolf

Nicholas Hytner’s heartbreaking ambulatory staging, at the Bridge Theater in London, finds new depths in the classic Broadway musical.

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Shirley Valentine, Duke of York's Theatre review - Sheridan Smith slays it by Matt Wolf

Willy Russell's play gets a renewed lease on life Can lightning strike twice? Very much so, when it comes to Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell's much-revived solo play which I saw back in th…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Review: ‘The Great British Bake Off Musical’ is Sweet but Underbaked by Matt Wolf

In London, a stage show based on the popular TV series tries to capture the warmhearted appeal of the original.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

'Trouble in Butetown' review — Tinuke Craig brings WWII Cardiff to life by Matt Wolf

The director Tinuke Craig follows up last summer's 'Jitney' with another bustling, boisterous play, this one a premiere from the Nigerian-British writer Diana Nneka Atuona; Sarah Parish star…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

'The Winter's Tale' review — Shakespeare's play is cleverly reinvented for the ages by Matt Wolf

Sergo Vares and John Lightbody head the cast in Shakespeare's late Romance, which utilises both stages at the Globe for the first time.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

'Women, Beware the Devil' review — Rupert Goold directs a stylish play with little substance by Matt Wolf

Lydia Leonard, late of "Oslo," leads the cast of young writer Lulu Raczka's Jacobean mash-up, directed for the Almeida by the busy Rupert Goold.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

On London Stages, Finding Something Fresh in Tragedy by Matt Wolf

New productions of “Medea” and “Phaedra” feature outstanding performances from Sophie Okonedo and Janet McTeer as women pushed to the edge.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

'Graceland' review — Sabrina Wu superbly performs a show better suited for the page by Matt Wolf

Sabrina Wu, recently seen in "The Doctor," graduates to the solo part in critic-turned-playwright Ava Wong Davies's anatomy of love and loss

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ and ‘Sylvia’ Energize British Musicals by Matt Wolf

The art form needs to make room for lesser-known names, to refresh and enlarge the talent pool, our critic writes.

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

'The Lehman Trilogy' review — epic play continues to astonish with new cast by Matt Wolf

Hadley Fraser leads adroit new cast in third separate London showing of Ben Power's five-time Tony-winning play.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

'2:22 - A Ghost Story' review — Cheryl triumphs in her West End debut by Matt Wolf

Onetime Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl makes a terrific West End debut in newly apposite thriller from Danny Robins

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Friday, February 3, 2023

'Titus Andronicus' review — Jude Christian adds a revelatory sleekness to Shakespeare's bloodiest play by Matt Wolf

Katy Stephens is a magnificent, maleficent Titus in Jude Christian's all-female production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, complete with original songs

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

'Sound of the Underground' review — a full-bodied celebration of the drag scene by Matt Wolf

London's underground queer culture comes "above ground" for deliberately formless Royal Court show

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Friday, January 20, 2023

The Unfriend' review — Steven Moffat's debut play is an irresistible comic thriller by Matt Wolf

TV writer Steven Moffat, of Sherlock and Doctor Who renown, crosses over to the stage in a starry production headed by the wonderful Reece Shearsmith

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'Alex Edelman: Just For Us' review — a whipsmart blend of personal and political comedy by Matt Wolf

Alex Edelman brings his superb Off Broadway hit back to London, where it was previously seen pre-pandemic

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Paul Mescal in a Streetcar Named Desire by Matt Wolf

In London, the Irish actor stars as Stanley Kowalski in a deeply empathic version of Tennessee Williams’s 1947 play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

'Watch on the Rhine' review — Lillian Hellman's quietly explosive play haunts the mind by Matt Wolf

Lillian Hellman's prescient 1940 play is terrifically well served in a Donmar revival starring English stage veteran Patricia Hodge and a radiant UK stage debut from Caitlin FitzGerald

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Best of 2022: Theatre by Matt Wolf

In an iffy year for new plays and musicals, a post-pandemic London stage returned to life Where were the great new plays during 2022?  That question underscored weeks of playgoing that turn…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

'Hakawatis' review — a storytelling sisterhood reshape Scheherazade's 1001 Nights by Matt Wolf

Pooja Ghai directs Hannah Khalil's play, a co-production between Shakespeare's Globe and Tamasha that captures in some essential way captures the zeitgeist

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Monday, December 19, 2022

'Mother Goose' review — Ian McKellen leads a megawatt pantomime for the ages by Matt Wolf

Ian McKellen is Caroline Goose in a blissed-out panto joyfully directed by Cal McCrystal and co-starring the indispensable Anna-Jane Casey as Cilla Quack.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2022 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

'Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' review — a country-infused seasonal delight warms the soul by Matt Wolf

Robert Bathurst is a nightshirt-wearing Scrooge in a winning 1930s Tennessee take on the ubiquitous Dickens title

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Friday, December 9, 2022

'Mandela' review - banal new musical isn't as pioneering as its title leader by Matt Wolf

Michael Luwoye, late of "Hamilton," has the title role in drearily hagiographic biomusical, enlivened only by its dancing

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

'Kerry Jackson' review — an offensive state-of-the-nation sitcom by Matt Wolf

TV actress Fay Ripley in misbegotten comedy set in east London's Walthamstow

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Review: In ‘Orlando,’ Emma Corrin Straddles Genders and Centuries by Matt Wolf

In a freewheeling London adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, Corrin plays a character whose emotions are as fluid as their identity.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Best of Enemies, Noel Coward Theatre review - opposites attract, sort of by Matt Wolf

James Graham play hits the West End on the way, presumably, to Broadway Opposition (and history) are the apparent mainstays of the ceaselessly busy James Graham, and he conjoins the two to …

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

'Henry V' review — a chilling anatomy of one man’s slide into savagery by Matt Wolf

Oliver Johnstone plays a notably brutal warrior-king in this deliberately revisionist take on Shakespeare's history play

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Friday, November 25, 2022

'Baghdaddy' review — a poignant reflection on identity and immigration by Matt Wolf

Jasmine Naziha Jones takes the lead female role in her own debut play, which is very much a work of two different halves.

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