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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

‘A gripping and affecting piece’: THE NORMAL HEART — National Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The Normal Heart is a play of fights. Set in the early 80s, in New York, gay men are dying, but gay activist Ned Weeks (Ben Daniels) is struggling to get anyone to do anything. Only Dr Emma…

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

‘It carries with it a powerful message’: IS GOD IS – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Two actors on stage describe their characters as if the direction in the playtext is part of the script. It is the first of many quirks in Aleshea Harris’ dark revenge comedy Is God Is.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘Digital gives huge opportunities to change the industry in a positive way’: RevStan interviews PR guru Chloe Nelkin on theatre creativity during by Rev Stan

Chloe Nelkin has run theatre, arts and opera PR company, Chloe Nelkin Consulting, for 10 years, and we sat down to talk about how theatres responded during lockdown and what the legacy will …

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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘The superb script is compellingly brought to life’: THE MEMORY OF WATER – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

The three sisters in Shelagh Stephenson’s play The Memory of Water – Teresa (Lucy Black), Mary (Laura Rogers) and Catherine (Carolina Main) – have gathered at their mother’s home ahe…

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

‘Like watching a cross between Waiting For Godot and Noises Off’: THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY – Hampstead Theatre by Rev Stan

The Two Character Play at London’s Hampstead Theatre was at times interesting and enjoyable and at others frustrating and perplexing.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

‘Witty, weighted & lyrical’: LAVA – Bush Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Last year a critic described a dramatic response to the Black Lives Matter protests, to which Benedict Lombe contributed, as ‘more lecture than theatre’. The quote is projected onto the …

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Friday, July 16, 2021

‘It is an intoxicating world’: ANNA X – Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Anna X by Joseph Charlton is a fresh, contemporary play set in New York that explores identity and acceptance in the modern age.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

‘Packs a powerful punch’: J’OUVERT – Harold Pinter Theatre by Rev Stan

J’Ouvert bursts onto the stage and it is the theatre experience I've been waiting to get back to. Theatre that can pack a powerful punch and do it while at the same time be entertaining.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

‘The promised tension is never realised’: WALDEN – Harold Pinter Theatre by Rev Stan

I really wanted to like Walden, it was my first trip to the theatre since they were last open in early December, but it just didn’t deliver the promised tension and drama.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Rev Stan’s Lockdown London walks lead to the Old Red Lion Theatre by Rev Stan

London has an abundance of pub theatres, and the Old Red Lion in Islington is one of my favourites. The space is tiny with pew-like seating on two sides of the tea-tray sized stage.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

‘Rich, multi-layered play that is clever in its storytelling’: OVERFLOW – Bush Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Travis Alabanza's play Overflow is set in the toilet of a club from where transgirl Rosie (Reece Lyons) has locked herself in.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

‘What happens when the camera stops rolling & there is no self-editing?’: ALL BY MYSELF – Part of the Main Theatre Company (Online review) by Rev Stan

All By Myself is a production by Part of the Main theatre company for Applecart Arts and it explores identity during the Covid crisis when your only connection to the outside world is via th…

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Rev Stan marks the Young Vic’s 50th Birthday with a pick of her favourite productions by Rev Stan

The Young Vic is celebrating its 50th birthday and while I've only been visiting since 2007-ish, I’ve seen many fantastic and memorable plays there in that time.

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

‘Gives Scott even more scope to sprinkle his performance magic’: THREE KINGS – Old Vic (Online review) ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Three Kings, beautifully written by Stephen Beresford, gives Andrew Scott even more scope to sprinkle his performance magic. Created especially for the Old Vic’s In Camera season, it is de…

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

’An extraordinary piece of storytelling’: BLINDNESS – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Blindness is adapted by Simon Stephens from a novel by José Saramago and tells the story of an epidemic in which people suddenly go blind.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

‘A powerful exploration of Covid-19 & racism’: WE R NOT VIRUS – Omnibus Theatre (Online review) by Rev Stan

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, hate crime targeted at East and South-East Asians has tripled. We R Not Virus is a series of monologues, films and poetry responding to that.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

‘It’s important to remain positive’: Brixton House’s Owen Calvert-Lyons on the future of fringe theatre post lockdown by Rev Stan

Head of theatre and artist development at Brixton House (formally Ovalhouse*) Owen Calvert-Lyons talks about life during the lockdown, the post-Covid future for fringe theatre and streaming.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

11 actresses I’d love to see onstage more often post-lockdown by Rev Stan

While there might not be quite as many meaty stage roles for actresses as there are actors (is that changing?), the plethora of acting talent I've seen over the past 10 years made this quite…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

After Matt Smith & Claire Foy in Lungs, here are 5 more plays perfect for the social distance treatment by Rev Stan

The idea of re-performing Lungs while the actors safely socially distance got me thinking about other plays which have been performed over the past year or two that could be similarly revive…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

‘A vivid kaleidoscope of culture & thinking’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – National Theatre ★★★★★ (Online review) by Rev Stan

You can't beat the experience of sitting in a theatre watching a live performance, but one of the lockdown-positives is a chance to watch stuff I sadly missed and Barber Shop Chronicles is o…

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Monday, May 18, 2020

10 plays that, in hindsight, feel strangely appropriate for lockdown during a pandemic by Rev Stan

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has thrown a whole new light on certain plays, the ones about isolation, loneliness and surreal landscapes.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The best play I’ve seen for each of the past 10 years (aka the agony-to-choose list) by Rev Stan

Not to let a decade of theatre bloggery go by without marking the occasion, to kick things off, I've compiled a list of my favourite play for each year I've been blogging. It has been fun re…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

‘You genuinely feel part of a shared experience’: THE TEMPEST – Creation Theatre (Online review) by Rev Stan

'We' the audience help with sound effects or stand-in for mysterious creatures or provide props but if you don't want to get involved it is easy to 'sit out' and just watch. The interaction …

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

‘Proper stagecraft can be achieved even within the confines of a small screen’: Interview with Creation Theatre’s Lucy Askew by Rev Stan

Creation Theatre this month invited audiences to watch an interactive, virtual version of Shakespeare's The Tempest - from the safety of their sofa.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘Truly beautiful, stunning & mesmerising to watch’: BALLETBOYZ: DELUXE – Sadler’s Wells (Online Review) ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Last year I was introduced to the BalletBoyz and their show Them/Us moved me to tears. I was looking forward to their new show Deluxe which, fortunately, was filmed before theatres closed an…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘Mixes sharp wit & clever satire with utter silliness & slapstick’: UPSTART CROW – West End ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

It doesn’t matter if you've never seen Ben Elton’s TV comedy series Upstart Crow (I hadn’t) as the stage play is a stand-alone piece

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Monday, February 10, 2020

‘It is Cumming’s performance which you are drawn to’: ENDGAME – Old Vic ★★★★ by Rev Stan

It is stuffed dogs, ladders and individual performances in Endgame which stay with me rather than anything more philosophical about the human condition.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

‘Meaty, emotional & funny play’: ALBION – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Albion is a meaty, emotional and funny play with a superb Victoria Hamilton drawing out the complexity of Audrey, even if you don't feel sorry for her.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘Drama is somewhat lacking’: THE SUNSET LIMITED – Boulevard Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Cormac McCarthy isn’t known for cheery topics as anyone who has sat through (or read) The Road will testify and his play The Sunset Limited is no exception.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

‘Funny, haunting, moving & strangely uplifting’: YOU STUPID DARKNESS! – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Given everything that is going on in the world politically and environmentally You Stupid Darkness! feels like it has captured the mood, the battle to stay cheerful and hopeful when everythi…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘Emotionally vivid’: Lullabies for the Lost – Old Red Lion Theatre by Rev Stan

Lullabies For the Lost is one of two plays by Rosalind Blessed about mental health that are being performed in rep at the Old Red Lion.

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