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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Counting Sheep review at the Vaults, London – ‘propulsive and kinetic’ by Natasha Tripney

Counting Sheep, an immersive show about the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, is the headline production at this year’s Vault Festival. Its changed shape

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 18-24) by Natasha Tripney

Come from Away – Phoenix Theatre, London Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s “daring and original” new musical based on a heartwarming true story

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Bottled review at the Vaults, London – ‘promising, powerful new writing’ by Natasha Tripney

Hayley Wareham’s debut play Bottled initially comes across as a familiar coming of age story. Katie is about to turn 15 and is

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Berberian Sound Studio review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘impressive directorial debut’ by Natasha Tripney

Peter Strickland’s 2012 cult film Berberian Sound Studio is a very sensory cinematic experience – aurally and visually disorientating, almost hallucinatory in

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mother Courage and Her Children review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘brutal and brilliant’ by Natasha Tripney

Amy Hodge’s production of Brecht’s epic play of conflict and commerce sets out its stall from the start. The Royal Exchange stage

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

All About Eve review at Noel Coward Theatre, London – ‘a stylish but functional production’ by Natasha Tripney

As a film, All About Eve is pretty close to perfect. Written and directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz in 1950, it’s also one

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Rutherford and Son review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘an engaging revival of a resonant play’ by Natasha Tripney

Though a big hit when first staged, Githa Sowerby’s 1912 play went unperformed for decades until a relatively recent resurgence of interest

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 11-17) by Natasha Tripney

All About Eve – Noel Coward Theatre, London Gillian Anderson plays the magnificent Margo Channing opposite Lily James’ manipulative, would-be star Eve in Ivo

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Good Person of Szechwan review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘an extraordinary performance’ by Natasha Tripney

The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre production of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan contains one of the most impressive performances you’re likely

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Greyscale review at the Vaults, London – ‘high concept exploration of dating and consent’ by Natasha Tripney

Last year’s Babe.net article in which a woman detailed her disastrous date with comedian Aziz Ansari, while an ethically questionable piece of

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pinter Seven review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘two plays of paranoia’ by Natasha Tripney

Jamie Lloyd’s lavishly cast and intelligently programmed season of Harold Pinter’s one-act works draws to a close with a double bill of

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The Cherry Orchard review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘visually striking, psychologically nuanced’ by Natasha Tripney

Vladimir Mirzoev’s visually striking, psychologically nuanced staging of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, one of three productions being staged in London by Moscow

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Astronaut review at the Vaults, London – ‘a compassionate show about homelessness’ by Natasha Tripney

Joe Wright’s solo show about the Irish homelessness crisis, one of a number of pieces coming to the Vault Festival from the

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 4-10) by Natasha Tripney

Blue/Orange – Birmingham Repertory Theatre Daniel Bailey, associate director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, directs a revival of Joe Penhall’s intelligent examination of institutional

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Violet review at the Vaults, London – ‘affecting and beautifully crafted’ by Natasha Tripney

The premise for Bebe Sanders’ Violet – a recently dumped millennial gains a new appreciation for life through a friendship with a

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Cost of Living review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘tender drama about the complexities of care’ by Natasha Tripney

There are some incredibly tender moments in Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the intricate interpersonal relationship between two disabled people

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Top theatre shows to see this week (January 28-February 3) by Natasha Tripney

Father – Barbican Theatre, London Peeping Tom’s new piece, a follow-up to the distinctive Mother, “a strange and unsettling piece of dance theatre,

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

17 review at the Vaults, London – ‘a promising two-hander about teenage friendship, sex and social media’ by Natasha Tripney

Yasmin and Casey have one of those heady adolescent friendships fuelled by envy as much as affection. They know just the right

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Opal Fruits review at the Vaults, London – ‘a highly personal solo show’ by Natasha Tripney

Holly Beasley-Garrigan’s intensely personal debut solo sets out to shine light on much of British theatre’s, and by extension society’s, galloping inadequacy

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other starring Cate Blanchett review at National Theatre – ‘arduous and opaque’ by Natasha Tripney

When this production was first announced, excitement and demand over renowned director Katie Mitchell working with Hollywood star Cate Blanchett was so

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Dear Elizabeth review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘a fascinating experiment’ by Natasha Tripney

American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell had a rich, complicated relationship. Over a 30-year period they wrote each other more than

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Moscow’s Pushkin Drama Theatre: The Russian theatre ripping up the rule book by Natasha Tripney

From The Cherry Orchard with no trees to a Russian-language Shakespeare in Love, Pushkin Drama Theatre artistic director Evgeny Pisarev tells Natasha

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 21-27) by Natasha Tripney

Jack Lear – Hull Truck Theatre Barrie Rutter directs and plays the title role in Ben Benison’s updating of King Lear about a Humber

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Abigail’s Party review at Theatre Royal, Brighton – ‘time-capsule theatre’ by Natasha Tripney

Beverly, the suburban hostess of Mike Leigh’s 1977 comic drama, is one of theatre’s great monsters. She’s toweringly awful, controlling, aggressive and

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Our Lady of Kibeho review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘engaging and strongly-performed’ by Natasha Tripney

In 1981, a group of girls at a Catholic school in Rwanda claimed to have had visions of the Virgin Mary. Over

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 14-20) by Natasha Tripney

Approaching Empty – Kiln Theatre, London Kiln Theatre joins forces with Tamasha and Live Theatre to present the premiere of Ishy Din’s new

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The War of the Worlds review at New Diorama, London – ‘engagingly layered’ by Natasha Tripney

Physical theatre company Rhum and Clay’s new show is inspired by Orson Welles’ notorious 1938 radio broadcast. Welles’ famously retold HG Wells’

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 7-11) by Natasha Tripney

Time Is Love – Finborough Theatre, London The Finborough kicks off its year with Che Walker’s Time Is Love, starring and featuring music

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pinter Six review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘a prescient double-bill’ by Natasha Tripney

One of the most enjoyable things about this run of Pinter’s short plays is the way they have been programmed – not

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Pinter Five review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘an intriguing triple bill’ by Natasha Tripney

We’ve reached the fifth instalment of Jamie Lloyd’s season of Pinter’s one-act plays, but only now do we arrive at The Room,

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Top five theatre shows to see (December 24-January 6) by Natasha Tripney

Orpheus – Battersea Arts Centre, London Little Bulb’s jazz club re-imagining of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the most

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