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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The Octagon, Bolton

Book and Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill and Elizabeth Hauptmann Director: David Thacker   Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Adapted from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s iconic play The Threepenny Opera traditionally offers a socialist critique to a struggling world. The latest production from The Octagon transforms the dominant themes of poverty and corruption into a ...

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Arden/Everywhere – Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York

(Arden/Everywhere) (Baruch PAC) (NYC) (c)Russell Rowland

Writer: William Shakespeare Director & Adaptor: Jessica Bauman Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New Feet Productions’ adaptation of As You Like It highlights the international refugee crisis with its staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of exile and hidden identity. Hinting at modernity but with no tangible time period, the production creates a sense of timelessness amid a set consisting of wooden pallets ...

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Squeamish – Theatre Row (Beckett Theatre), New York

(Squeamish) (Theatre Row) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Writer & Director: Aaron Mark Reviewer: Robert Price Sharon visits Dr. Schneider on the Upper West Side in the middle of the night, because she is desperate and genuinely scared. She sits in a winged chair with a coffee cup and tells him (us) about the last five months. She hasn’t talked to Dr. Schneider since her birthday, when she ...

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Kiss Me – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Matt Aston Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Richard Bean’s last play to be seen on Humberside was the rowdy and exuberantly comic The Hypocrite which helped Hull Truck celebrate the City of Culture. It is a great achievement for East Riding Theatre to be able to present his 2016 play, Kiss Me, which was ...

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The Good House of Happiness, Smock Alley Theatre – Dublin

Writers: Eugene O’Brien and Gavin Quinn Directors: Aedin Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Good House of Happiness is presented by Pan Pan Theatre Company at Smock Alley Theatre as a part of the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival. The play is a modern retelling of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, a parable set in China between the ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Endings – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Concept and Text: Tamara Saulwick Song Writer: Paddy Mann Reviewer: David Keane Grief and loss often act as a catalyst for artistic expression but in the case of Endings the impetus for creativity is the moment of life ending itself. A combination of analogue and digital technology mix with dramatic lighting in this docu-theatre performance piece by Tamara Saulwick.  Reel-to-reel ...

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Love Song to Lavender Menace – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: James Ley Director: Ros Philips Reviewer: Emily Hall Edinburgh needs Love Song to Lavender Menace. Not only a stunningly beautiful play, but an essential portrait of LGBTQ+ life in the capital in the 1980s. This Royal Lyceum run is an indispensable cultural event for a city with a vivacious queer community, an internationally renowned theatre scene and too many ...

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