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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

‘It lingers in your mind’: THE ELEPHANT SONG – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Nicolas Billon’s The Elephant Song at the Park Theatre takes us through a game of cat and mouse as Dr Greenberg tries to talk resident Michael into revealing the information he has. Michae…

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Friday, January 20, 2023

‘Bursts onto the stage’: NO ONE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

No One at the Omnibus Theatre bursts onto the stage with a scene in a club, complete with a live DJ, which quickly descends into a fight. Then we jump to a police station and investigation i…

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

‘The comedy is lost in translation’: THE ART OF ILLUSION – Hampstead Theatre by Rev Stan

The Art of Illusion won several awards when it opened in Paris in 2014. Now it gets its London premiere at the Hampstead Theatre but will this play about magic and illusion conjure up some E…

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Rev Stan chooses her Top Ten Plays of 2022 by Rev Stan

This feels like a moment; I haven't been able to do a best of theatre list since 2019 because of ‘you know what’. It’s been huge fun revisiting the plays I’ve seen – nearly 50. And…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

‘Vividly atmospheric & kinetic production’: OTHELLO – National Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

The National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage has been transformed with steps and terraces around the performance space, creating a look that is a cross between an ancient greek theatre and a fig…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

‘The power is in the modern parallels’: RICHARD THE SECOND – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Anna Coombs’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II sees the story slimmed down for five actors, with three of the cast playing more than one character. It focuses the attention on King …

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

‘Explores a slow indoctrination from good to bad’: KING HAMLIN – Park Theatre by Rev Stan

King Hamlin at the Park Theatre is a play which has its serious and important subject matter drowned out. In the end, I wanted much less of Quinn and Nic and more of Hamlin and his mum.

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

‘A profoundly thought-provoking play’: GOOD – Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

A victim of rescheduling because of theatre lockdowns, Good, starring David Tennant, finally gets in front of an audience but is it worth the wait? Tennant is a household name because of his…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

‘A fascinating story at its heart’: DMITRY – Marylebone Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Written by Peter Oswald and Alexander J Gifford ‘after’ an unfinished play by Friedrich Schiller, Dmitry is the story of the much loved, youngest son of the Tzar of Russia who was murder…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

‘A brilliant ensemble piece’: EUREKA DAY – Old Vic Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

There is a scene in Eureka Day at the Old Vic during which the audience is roaring with laughter, but it isn’t anything to do with the actors who are on stage or what they are saying. And …

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Friday, September 16, 2022

‘Some of the twists are gasp-inducing’: THE CLINIC – Almeida Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Tea drinking features heavily in Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s posh kitchen-set play The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre. But this tea may or may not have intoxicating or calming effects; even those wh…

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

‘Subtle but powerful’: WHO KILLED MY FATHER – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

I can now say I've seen Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio on stage. OK, so they were on telly on stage, but that is technically on stage. Kate and Leo were in Titanic mode, the favourite fi…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

‘Factual approach strips away some of the emotion’: SILENCE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★ by Rev Stan

Silence at the Donmar Warehouse is based on a non-fiction book by journalist Kavita Puri who interviewed people who lived through the partition of India in 1947 and subsequently settled in t…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

‘Brilliantly written & performed’: MONSTER – Park Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

There was a point while watching Monster at the Park Theatre when I realised I had my hand over my mouth. What was unfolding on stage was shocking, and I haven’t had a reaction like that t…

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Friday, July 29, 2022

‘A compelling watch’: FREUD’S LAST SESSION – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Mark St Germain’s play Freud’s Last Session at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington is a compact yet powerful play which imagines a clash of intellect and reasoning between two famous …

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

‘Interesting exploration of relationships’: CLOSER – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★ by Rev Stan

I liked the tone of this production of Closer at the Lyric Hammersmith and the sense of sadness that underpinned it, even if I was glad to leave the characters behind. It is an interesting e…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

‘It feels like several plays mashed together’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre by Rev Stan

Roy Williams’ play The Fellowship centres on a small family unit, but there are a lot of big things going on. Dawn (Cherrelle Skeet) is grieving the loss of a child while caring for her te…

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Friday, July 8, 2022

‘Jamie Lloyd is a genius’: THE SEAGULL – Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

At the Harold Pinter Theatre this is The Seagull as a tragic love story turned up to the max. It opens up new avenues in what is a familiar play and takes a fresh approach to what you'd expe…

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

‘You can’t fault the acting’: JITNEY – Old Vic Theatre by Rev Stan

The thing is, you can’t fault the acting in Jitney at the Old Vic – the actors are superb. And Tinuke Craig’s expert direction means the cab office setting doesn't feel static or force…

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

‘A gripping yarn’: BRITANNICUS – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★ by Rev Stan

While elements of Britannicus at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith feel like hollow embellishment, as a family drama about a toxic family who happens to be the ruling class it is a gripping yarn.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

‘You feel Amy Adams’ absence when she is not on stage’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Duke of York’s Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Amy Adams’ Amanda is a matriarch full of bustle and bristle in Jeremy Herrin’s production of The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre. She is an irritating spark to her despon…

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

‘It is refreshing to see a play like this’: THE MINISTRY OF LESBIAN AFFAIRS – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs at the Soho Theatre is one of those plays that unashamedly bursts off the stage, much like the lesbian choir around which the story revolves.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

‘A slow burn’: THE BREACH – Hampstead Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

There is a stillness that descends over a theatre audience when they are gripped and fidgeting when they aren’t. In the first half of The Breach at Hampstead Theatre, the audience was fidg…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

‘Has some interesting things to say about some of life’s struggles in an unfair society’: SAD – Omnibus Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Gloria has taken refuge in her attic, distracting herself from the dark winter months and grief by playing punk and dictating entries for her memoir into her laptop.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

‘Modern families, money & the morals of genetics’: THE FEVER SYNDROME – Hampstead Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

The family at the centre of the story is that of Richard Myers (Robert Lindsay), an eminent geneticist who now has Parkinson's Disease.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

‘Is it a dark comedy, a thriller or a horror?’: UNDER THE RADAR – Old Red Lion Theatre by Rev Stan

In Jonathan Crewe's play Under the Radar, female journalist Lee Stilling (Eleanor Hill) is profiling male inventor Martin Christensen, who has built his own submarine.

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Friday, March 18, 2022

‘I was gripped in the presence of two great artists & gripped by their stories’: THE COLLABORATION – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Anthony McCarten's new play The Collaboration at the Young Vic kicks off as you arrive in the auditorium with an 80s DJ set. It's toe-tapping, hip and creates a party, edgy, youthful yet nos…

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

‘Kit Harington is nuanced, often quiet & considered’: HENRY V – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Henry V opens with a burst of energy at a club with a worse for wear party prince. It's lifted from Henry IV part 2 and is an important reminder of Henry V's past and subsequent transformati…

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

‘Like looking at broken mirror pieces’: THE FOREST – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

The play follows Pierre, a successful surgeon who's married and the father of a grown-up daughter, as he juggles his professional and family life with having a mistress.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

‘Surreal & almost cosmic’: THE GLOW – Royal Court Theatre by Rev Stan

Alistair McDowall's The Glow at the Royal Court is a play I've had to ponder - a lot - and I still don't have any firm conclusions.

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

‘Shades of Scandi humour on the slopes’: FORCE MAJEURE – Donmar Warehouse by Rev Stan

The Donmar Warehouse's stage has been converted into a French ski resort for Force Majeure. Force Majeur...

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