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Monday, September 2, 2019

Hercules review at Delacorte Theater, New York – ‘community musical staging of the Disney film’ by Nicole Serratore

UK audiences were introduced to the Public Theater’s Public Works programme through Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Twelfth Night at the Young Vic

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ejaculation review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘earnest but confusing’ by Nicole Serratore

Finnish artists Essi Rossi and Sarah Kivi set out to educate themselves and the audience on women, sex, and desire in Ejaculation:

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Watching Glory Die review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘heartbreaking tale of teen in prison’ by Nicole Serratore

Watching Glory Die makes clear from its title where it is going to go. Based on a true story about a young

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Shit review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘riveting performances’ by Nicole Serratore

Getting a brief glimpse of the shattered, abused child within the aggressive adult woman standing before us is a remarkable achievement of

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Friday, August 9, 2019

A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘fuzzy tone’ by Nicole Serratore

A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego walks a wobbly line between poking fun at the oversensitivity of men and expressing

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IvankaPlay review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘perfectly puzzled scowl’ by Nicole Serratore

Imagine if Ivanka Trump had a heart! Suspend your disbelief. This is the fictional speculation that playwright Charles Gershman engages in for

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Passengers review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘probing physical theatre’ by Nicole Serratore

Physicalising the exhausting, throbbing struggle when parts of your mind do battle with each other, Passengers is a probing look at both

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Algorithms review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘spirited debut play’ by Nicole Serratore

Sadie Clark’s Algorithms is a romcom with more com than rom. Using movie references, pop music, and online dating as its framework,

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wild Swimming review at Beneath, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘confident comedic exploration of gender rights’ by Nicole Serratore

Wild Swimming is an anachronistic romp tackling history, gender politics and art. With fourth-wall breaking, audience assistance and improvised elements, the work

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

My Mum’s a Twat review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘colorful and unexpected teen adventures’ by Nicole Serratore

Parental neglect is no laughing matter, but when a parent is brainwashed into a cult it’s not your typical desertion story. That

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Madame Ovary review at the Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘intriguing concepts’ by Nicole Serratore

No one expects a cancer diagnosis aged 23. In 2018 Rosa Hesmondhalgh developed a sudden, painful, bloated belly. The star and writer

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Deer Woman review at CanadaHub, Edinburgh – ‘powerful story weakened by graphic violence’ by Nicole Serratore

For decades in Canada, Indigenous women went missing and were murdered with little government response or action. Tara Beagan’s play Deer Woman

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Cotton Fingers review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘powerful and poetic’ by Nicole Serratore

In Ireland, the eight amendment referendum didn’t just change the law around abortion; in Rachel Trezise’s Cotton Fingers, it inspired a teen

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Encores! Off-Center – the musical revival factory venturing off the beaten track by Nicole Serratore

Encores!, a concert series reviving Broadway hits, has brought back the likes of Chicago. Nicole Serratore meets Anne Kauffman, the artistic director

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘delicate and powerful’ by Nicole Serratore

Adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees is a coming-of-age story that portrays African-American faith and community with

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Clubbed Thumb: The East Village theatre company giving writers a launchpad to Broadway by Nicole Serratore

The Off-Off-Broadway theatre has provided a testing ground for a string of plays that have hit the Great White Way. Artistic director

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Talk review at Pershing Square Signature Center, New York – ‘an awkward mixture of comedy and sincerity’ by Nicole Serratore

When Susan Sarandon finally ceases her persistent upbeat chatter in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play Happy Talk, the resulting awkward silence does not

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The pick of the supporting ‘scene stealers’ vying for Tony award glory by Nicole Serratore

With Tony nominations out this week, there’s an abundance of talent to celebrate. But this year, rather than the attention being drawn

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Beetlejuice review at the Winter Garden, New York – ‘uneasy mixture of the mournful and macabre’ by Nicole Serratore

This new screen-to-stage musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s ghoulish 1988 film feels like two different musicals have been fused together. On one

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tootsie review at Marquis Theatre, New York – ‘superb performances, ho-hum score’ by Nicole Serratore

Despite a rather flavourless score by David Yazbek, the screen-to-stage adaptation of Tootsie, the film that scored Dustin Hoffman an Oscar nomination

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus review at Booth Theatre – ‘Taylor Mac’s laborious comedy’ by Nicole Serratore

Taylor Mac, the radically subversive theatre artist, and Nathan Lane, America’s stage comedy sweetheart, make an unlikely pairing. Lane is the star

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burn This review at Hudson Theatre, New York – ‘a sublime performance from Adam Driver’ by Nicole Serratore

Adam Driver gives a sublimely physical performance in this Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 play. As a piece of writing Burn

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

King Lear starring Glenda Jackson review at Cort Theatre, New York – ‘a performance of quiet fury’ by Nicole Serratore

In 2016, Glenda Jackson made a triumphant return to the stage in King Lear at London’s Old Vic. Now, she plays the

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Monday, April 1, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me review at Helen Hayes Theater, New York – ‘personal, political, powerful’ by Nicole Serratore

Should the US constitution be abolished? Playwright and star Heidi Schreck debates this issue in her improbably funny and deeply felt play,

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara – review at Studio 54, New York – ‘the leads sparkle’ by Nicole Serratore

Scott Ellis’ revival of the Cole Porter musical unites the effervescent Kelli O’Hara with the rakish Will Chase for a production that

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Off-Broadway’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene: bringing Yiddish theatre to the rest of the world by Nicole Serratore

Off-Broadway’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene began a century ago by bringing international theatre to the Yiddish-speaking population. Today it brings Yiddish theatre

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fleabag review at Soho Playhouse, New York – ‘belly laughs and agonising wounds’ by Nicole Serratore

Nothing has dulled Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sharp-edged, caustic, comedic solo show, Fleabag, since it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. What has

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler: ‘We need more Asian-American women on stage’ by Nicole Serratore

Leah Nanako Winkler knew she wanted to be a writer when she was about seven. The playwright had been underestimated in her

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Rent: Live review on Fox – ‘mixed performances and technical issues’ by Nicole Serratore

Fox’s broadcast of Jonathan Larson’s cult 1990s musical Rent: Live ended up being Rent: Pre-Taped due to the injury of Brennin Hunt,

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘a bold performance from Ethan Hawke’ by Nicole Serratore

Sam Shepard’s play about brotherly animosity and the mythical American West returns to Broadway in a kinetic production by James Macdonald featuring

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Choir Boy review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘Tarell Alvin McCraney’s superb Broadway debut’ by Nicole Serratore

The new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner of the best adapted screenplay Oscar for Moonlight, is set in the Charles R

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