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Tape – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Stephen Belber Director: Rob McFeely Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Three old school-friends reunite in a motel room, with one memory from senior year. No, three memories of the same moment in senior year. Fregoli Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Belber’s Tape is an intense and engaging theatrical experience that explores ideas of memory, friendship, motive, and perception. Vince (Peter Shine), ...

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Madama Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Annilese Miskimmon Reviewer: Helen Tope Telling the true story of a Japanese geisha abandoned by her American husband, Madama Butterfly is one of opera’s greatest tragedies – perhaps the greatest one of all. The story is irresistible: a naive 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San is married off to an American lieutenant, Pinkerton, in ...

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Once In A Lifetime – The Young Vic, London

Writers: Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Adapter: Christopher Hart Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Tom Finch Richard Jones' revival of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Hollywood satire Once in a Lifetime follows the fortunes of three Vaudevillians who head west having smelled profit in the burgeoning 'Talkie' film industry. In an era of great upheaval in a young ...

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Precious Metal and Night Wandering – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreographers: John Scott and Merce Cunningham Reviewer: Clara Mallon John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre comes to the Project Arts Centre Temple Bar. Presenting us with an intriguing double bill; Precious Metal and Night Wandering, the performances run as part of Project 50, a season of work celebrating 50 years of the Project Arts Centre. This double bill marks the ...

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Don Giovanni – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: Jonathan Kent Revival Director: Lloyd Wood Reviewer: Helen Tope A revival of the 2010 production directed by Jonathan Kent, Don Giovanni returns as part of this year’s Glyndebourne Tour. Based on the 14th Century nobleman Don Juan, Mozart reworks the legend into a tragi-comic opera that is startling as it is unique. In this production, the famous womaniser, and ...

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The Portal – Minetta Lane Theatre, New York

(The Portal) (Minetta Lane Theatre) (c)Russ Rowland

Music: Tierro Lee, Kan’Nal & Lisa Gerrard Lyrics: Daniel Katsuk Director: Luke Comer Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos The Portal, a self-described “modern shamanic journey,” combines film, dance, on-stage drama, and live music to give audiences an 85-minute tour of one man’s vision quest through an unnamed desert. Invoking The Divine Comedy, we follow Dante as he moves from hell, through purgatory, ...

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Peter Pan – Exeter Northcott

Writer: J.M Barrie Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Neverland. The ticking crocodile. Wendy, John and Michael. Tinkerbell. Captain Hook. Peter Pan. The familiarity of these names and phrases to adults and children, even today, over a hundred years since the play first premièred is testament to the magic of J.M. Barrie's creation. In their first recent solo venture, using ...

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Thebes Land – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Sergio Blanco Director: Daniel Goldman Reviewer: Stephen Bates Crouched inside a three-metre high metal cage is, we are told, a very dangerous creature, a young man convicted of patricide who is on temporary release from HMP Belmarsh with strict security conditions to protect the public. He is, of course, an actor and the deceit is so obvious that we question ...

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