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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Medea, @sohoplace review - Sophie Okonedo is commanding in a dated version of the Greek tragedy by Mert Dilek

Dominic Cooke's otherwise uneven production boasts formidable performances What is one to do with Greek tragedy on the contemporary stage? For Simon Stone, whose Phaedra is currently playing…

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Mandela, Young Vic review - baffling bio-musical by Mert Dilek

This new musical about the early life of Nelson Mandela is a mawkish misfire As bio-musicals continue to have their heyday, it makes sense for the Young Vic to throw its hat in the ring and …

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

James Graham’s “Best of Enemies” at the Noël Coward Theatre by Mert Dilek

TV is a strange medium, but James Graham is no stranger to its toxic charm. London audiences have recently witnessed the British playwright’s musical adaptation of the life of Tammy Faye, …

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Orlando, Garrick Theatre review - Emma Corrin is incandescent in an underwhelming adaptation by Mert Dilek

Charming performances in this watered-down version of Virginia Woolf’s novel Identity is thorny business. This was the parting thought of Anna X, the play that marked Emma Corrin’s West …

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Friday, September 30, 2022

The Crucible, National Theatre review - visually stunning revival of Miller's classic drama by Mert Dilek

Lyndsey Turner paints this seminal drama with disturbing colours How can this beauty arise from such ugliness? The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama about the Salem witch trials of 1692…

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Who Killed My Father, Young Vic review - Hans Kesting excels in this solo show by Mert Dilek

Édouard Louis’s book is brought to life in a fierce performance A bare interior with tarnished walls, a single bed, and an oxygen tube. The stage seems to have been set for a Beckett play…

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

My Fair Lady, London Coliseum review - tasteful revival powered by stirring performances by Mert Dilek

Bartlett Sher's Broadway production comes to London with aplomb First staged in 2018, Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady is London’s latest import from B…

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Jerusalem, Apollo Theatre review - Mark Rylance blazes in this astonishing revival by Mert Dilek

Jez Butterworth's 2009 play is evergreen in its excellence At long last, the giant has come back. Over a decade after its critical apotheosis on both sides of the Atlantic, Jez Butterworth…

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Prima Facie, Harold Pinter Theatre review - Jodie Comer sears the stage by Mert Dilek

'Killing Eve' star's stage debut is a triumph National statistics tell us that, in the year ending September 2021, 41% of rape victims in England and Wales eventually withdrew their support …

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Marys Seacole” at the Donmar Warehouse by Mert Dilek

Jackie Sibblies Drury is one of the most exciting voices working in American theatre today. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Fairview and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… has a …

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Monday, November 8, 2021

The Sugar House, Finborough Theatre review - appealing but uneven family drama by Mert Dilek

Alana Valentine's play about crime and poverty in Australia receives a spirited production The complex history of capital punishment in Australia may not be familiar to many Londoners, but t…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

albatross., Playground Theatre review - interconnected intimacies by Mert Dilek

An adroit cast does justice to Isley Lynn's complexly woven narrative "You need to get better at communicating", says one character to another in Isley Lynn’s albatross. Indeed, the same…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” at the Almeida Theatre by Mert Dilek

What does it take to stretch Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy to a runtime of over three hours? Not, as it turns out, a tedious crawl through the play. Rather, an electrifying but patient jo…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

E.V. Crowe’s “Shoe Lady” at the Royal Court by Mert Dilek

“Would you rather have one shoe or no shoes?” Viv is here to show us that missing only one shoe is not necessarily the better option. Having lost one of her shoes on the way to work, she…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Corpse! review at Park Theatre, London – ‘farcical revelations and reversals’ by Mert Dilek

Evelyn Farrant, the scheming actor at the centre of Gerald Moon’s 1983 play Corpse!, would like to believe that he is the

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Apologists review at Omnibus Theatre, London – ‘brilliantly performed trio of monologues’ by Mert Dilek

What goes into an apology, and what comes out of it? The three plays assembled in The Apologists approach these questions from

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Look Back in Anger review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘intimate revival of a landmark play’ by Mert Dilek

John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger is often remembered for its association with kitchen sink realism. Marking the play’s return to London

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over” at the Kiln Theatre by Mert Dilek

Antoinette Nwandu’s play Pass Over is a palimpsest. Its outer surface looks familiar: haunted by the ever-present threat of a murderous police force, two black men are paralyzed into inact…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tony Kushner’s “The Visit” at the National Theatre by Mert Dilek

Now that’s what I call a star turn. Hitting the brakes on an express train, Lesley Manville lands on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage surrounded by thick smoke, supported by prosthet…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stef Smith’s “Nora: A Doll’s House” at the Young Vic by Mert Dilek

A woman walks into her home. Then does another. And another. Stef Smith’s Nora: A Doll’s House is not merely an adaptation of Ibsen’s 1879 play. It is three adaptations superimposed on…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” at Wyndham’s Theatre by Mert Dilek

Towards the end of Leopoldstadt, a young writer named Leonard is handed a sheet of paper with his family tree on it. The chart spans four generations and bears the imprint of two dozen lives…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Crongton Knights review at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – ‘an energetic and engaging adaptation’ by Mert Dilek

“Tonight’s been a drama-overload,” observes one of the “magnificent six” in Crongton Knights. She is not exaggerating: Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Chris Bush’s “Faustus: That Damned Woman” at the Lyric Hammersmith by Mert Dilek

Could diabolical interference be the only way for a woman in 17th-century London to advance in life without being bound to a man? For Joanna Faustus, the answer is in the affirmative. So she…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at the Harold Pinter Theatre by Mert Dilek

The wilting characters of Uncle Vanya would like us to believe that their scenes from country life should not amount to much, except, perhaps, for an endless succession of tedious trifles. T…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Cops review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘undercooked play about police corruption’ by Mert Dilek

Set in Chicago in 1957, Tony Tortora’s Cops zooms in on four jaded police detectives trying to navigate a police force steeped

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Hamlet: Rotten States review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘playful ambition and genial humour’ by Mert Dilek

Imagine if the “rude mechanicals” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream were asked to stage Hamlet in just an hour and with only

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Shelagh Delaney’s “A Taste of Honey” at the Trafalgar Studios by Mert Dilek

It is hard to believe that Shelagh Delaney wrote A Taste of Honey when she was only nineteen. This increasingly textured and knotty play, which received its first—and famous—staging in 1…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi” at the Almeida Theatre by Mert Dilek

This Duchess of Malfi is a cool one. It is so cool that it has lost its gripping temper and, with it, some of its fire. A surprising drop in temperature, because director Rebecca Frecknall h…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Martin Crimp’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Playhouse Theatre by Mert Dilek

“You into words?” Jamie Lloyd’s magnificent treatment of Cyrano de Bergerac very much is. Refracted through Lloyd’s modestly masterful staging, Martin Crimp’s vigorous, insightful …

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Little Prince review at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham – ‘a joyously sparkling interplanetary journey’ by Mert Dilek

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved classic The Little Prince, this year’s festive show at the Omnibus Theatre promises a joyously sparkling

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Fairview” at the Young Vic by Mert Dilek

Fairview is a scorching minefield that looks like a green meadow. At long last, London audiences can enter the beguiling terrain of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2018 play in a flawless Young Vi…

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