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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Catching Up… by Stephen Farrow

Again, here’s many reviews in a single post. Normal service will be resumed as soon as I get a better definition of normal. A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON A very big miss. There’s a terrific pl…

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

“…and we need to know our worst sides aren’t ignored!” by Stephen Farrow

It seems almost unbelievable that London has had to wait twenty-seven years for a professional production of Falsettos, the seminal 1992 Broadway musical about a New York family that breaks …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Southern Gothic by Stephen Farrow

Razor-sharp, ice cold, meaner than a box of snakes, and VERY funny. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s thermonuclear family drama goes off with the force of a fifteen-kiloton bomb. We’re in a plan…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Small ones are more juicy! by Stephen Farrow

No, this isn’t an orange advert from 1985. Playing catch-up again: three small musicals, in (coincidentally) diminishing order of size, seen over the last month or so. The Secret Diary of …

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Silk purse/sow’s ear by Stephen Farrow

Cast Robert James Waller’s dazzlingly awful 1992 novel out of your mind. While you’re at it, you might as well forget Clint Eastwood’s almost-as-stinky 1995 film adaptation. This is, y…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Bitter lemon by Stephen Farrow

Oh, come on. You didn’t think a David Mamet play about the Me Too movement with a thinly-disguised Harvey Weinstein figure as the central character was actually going to be good, did you? …

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ATTENTION!!!! by Stephen Farrow

There’s a danger sometimes in waiting until the end of the run to see a show that everyone has praised to the skies and back again. When you go in after hearing an almost neverending choru…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sweet sorrow by Stephen Farrow

See all those stars on the poster? Matthew Warchus’s stellar revival of Present Laughter deserves every last one of them, and so does Andrew Scott. This is a blissfully funny, absolutely p…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019


Yes, five: the UK tour of Lincoln Center’s revival of The King and I in Manchester, Fiddler on the Roof, the last night of the National Theatre revival of Follies, and The Play That Goes W…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Shake Your Badonkadonk… but keep away from the toilets and don’t look at the floor. by Stephen Farrow

If you’d asked me to place a bet, I wouldn’t have put money on William Finn and James Lapine‘s Little Miss Sunshine – yes, an adaptation of the 2006 film – arriving in the UK befor…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Seeing Stars by Stephen Farrow

There’s a moment late in the second act of Jeremy Herrin‘s star-driven revival of All My Sons, which just opened at the Old Vic, when Sally Field‘s Kate Keller appears to age twenty ye…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Namastaaaaaaaaaaaaaay…. by Stephen Farrow

We’re all familiar by now with preshow announcements about cellphones and smartphones, right? After last Wednesday night’s performance of the National Theatre‘s very, very wonderful ad…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sympathy for the Devil by Stephen Farrow

Mad props, or something, to the very intense woman seated three seats down the front row from me at Wednesday afternoon’s performance of Bruce Norris‘s Downstate, a play so relentlessly …

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Going Home by Stephen Farrow

In the closing moments of the first act of Local Hero, the new musical based on Bill Forsyth‘s 1983 film, Texan oil executive Mac steps outside a pub in the run-down Scottish village of Fe…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out by Stephen Farrow

(Yes, I’m playing catch-up. The production closed two weeks ago. Deal with it.) Meet the Baum family: Moe and Rose, comfortably-off Manhattanites who lose almost everything in the 1929 sto…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

(Lower) East Side Story by Stephen Farrow

The original Broadway production of Rags in 1986 was a notorious flop, running for just four performances. Despite the short run, it received five Tony nominations, including a nod for Best …

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Monday, March 4, 2019

The Right Girl by Stephen Farrow

It’s back, and it’s (even) better. The first time around, Dominic Cooke’s revival of Follies at the National Theatre was simultaneously thrilling, breathtaking, and slightly flawed. Co…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Welcome to the Rock by Stephen Farrow

On paper, Come From Away looks wince-inducing. A musical set against the backdrop of 9/11 following the story of people stranded in a small town in Newfoundland when their flights were force…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Fasten your seatbelt… by Stephen Farrow

Actually, this time the ride could be bumpier. In describing Ivo van Hove‘s fascinating stage adaptation of the classic 1950 backstage drama All About Eve, it’s possibly helpful to start…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Let It Sing by Stephen Farrow

Another one crossed off the list. I’ve loved Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley‘s score for Violet since the first recording of it was released in 1999, but somehow I’ve never managed to…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

People get hurt by Stephen Farrow

It’s not giving anything away to say that Lynn Nottage‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat, currently receiving its British premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, basically involves two hours of w…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Next stop, Hell by Stephen Farrow

André de Shields knows the value of silence. At the very beginning of Hadestown, the Anaïs Mitchell folk opera currently playing a pre-Broadway tryout at the National Theatre, he steps for…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Party like it’s 1999 by Stephen Farrow

Another op’nin, another revival of Kiss Me, Kate. The Crucible‘s Christmas musicals are usually worth looking forward to, and this one is no exception. In terms of execution, it’s up t…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Girl Power! by Stephen Farrow

Fun fact: if you were once married to a king, you can still belt out the big notes even after you’ve been beheaded. Six, the clever one-act musical currently touring prior to a second Lond…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Spend your money somewhere else. by Stephen Farrow

In the title role in Nottingham Playhouse‘s revival of Alan Bennett‘s The Madness of George III, Mark Gatiss delivers a breathtaking, stunning, dazzling star turn. Well, delivered, it’…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Welcome to the land of Lola by Stephen Farrow

It’s probably damning Kinky Boots with faint praise to say that it’s one of the better recent-ish musicals adapted from recent-ish films. It might also raise your expectations slightly t…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Illyria, W11 by Stephen Farrow

  Take one Shakespeare comedy. Fillet out most of the poetry, throw in an eclectic set of songs by Shaina Taub, add a brightly-coloured Notting Hill streetscape (by Rob Jones), a thirty-mem…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Very Very Very Big Miss by Stephen Farrow

By the time the lights fade on the final scene of the Bridge Theatre‘s production of what one must assume is the unrevised first draft of Martin McDonagh‘s very very very uneven new play…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

That doesn’t look like Jeff Rawle… by Stephen Farrow

Understudies do a tremendous job in difficult circumstances, and often don’t get enough credit for it. I say this upfront because at the performance I saw of Alan Bennett‘s new play Alle…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Money changes everything by Stephen Farrow

It’s probably as well to say this upfront: Stefano Massini‘s The Lehman Trilogy, at least as adapted into English by Ben Power, is basically an extended theatrical stunt. Three (superlat…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Déjà vu all over again by Stephen Farrow

  Good news/bad news. Danny Rubin and Tim Minchin‘s new musical adaptation of Rubin and Harold Ramis‘s Groundhog Day deserves every single one of the five-star reviews it received last …

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