Author Archives: Carole Woddis

Vincent River

Studio 2, Trafalgar Studios, London ****
Runs: 1hr 20mins without an interval

Review of perf seen May 21, 2019:

© Scott Rylander, Louise Jameson as Anita and Thomas Mahy as Davey, both on a path to redemption, a son murdered, a lover lost and cowardice redeemed...

© Scott Rylander, Louise Jameson as Anita and Thomas Mahy as Davey, both on a path to redemption, a son murdered, a lover lost and cowardice redeemed…

Philip Ridley is nothing less than a creative phenomenon. I’ve only come across him through his stage plays for adults but a quick glance at his Wiki entry shows those to be merely the tip of a gigantic iceberg of creativity that stretches across theatre – for children as well as adults – literature (especially for children) – Art, photography and film – and music as a lyricist with notably Nick Bicât. Continue reading

Death of a Salesman

Young Vic Theatre, London ****

Review of perf seen May 10, 2019:
Runs: 3hrs with a 15 min interval

© Brinkhoff Mogensburg, Sharon D Clarke (Linda Loman), Wendell Pierce (Willy Loman) - a loving couple but unhappy household...

© Brinkhoff Mogensburg, Sharon D Clarke (Linda Loman), Wendell Pierce (Willy Loman) – a loving couple but unhappy household…

This is the third production of that titan of a play, Arthur Miller’s semi-autobiographical reworking of his own family history, Death of a Salesman, I’ve seen in the past four years.

Miller is having something of a renaissance just at the moment with All My Sons, The American Clock and The Price all having been recently seen in the West End.  Continue reading

Rosmersholm

Duke of York’s Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hrs 30mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen May 3, 2019:

© Johan Persson, Hayley Atwell (Rebecca West), Tom Burke (Rosmer), eventually declaring love for each other...

© Johan Persson, Hayley Atwell (Rebecca West), Tom Burke (Rosmer), eventually declaring love for each other…

It’s rather wonderful that fully fledged stage classics can still turn up in the West End without having first started out life in the subsidised sector. Once upon a time, that would have been thanks to Michael Codron. Now Sonia Friedman is the one who still boldly goes where few others dare to follow. In this day and age, that’s no mean achievement. Continue reading

Avalanche

Barbican Theatre, London ****
Runs: 1hr 30mins without interval
Review of perf seen May 2, 2019

© The Other Richard, Maxine Peake as the woman - stubborn, determined to become a mother by IVF...

© The Other Richard, Maxine Peake as the woman – stubborn, determined to become a mother by IVF…

The desire to conceive, to be a mother. What a mighty force it is and how society has made it, in the West at least, one of its pre-eminent priorities. Millions has been spent on fertility research. And millions are now spent on treatment in ensuring that the desire to conceive is met. Continue reading

Three Sisters

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hr 55 with one interval
Review of perf seen April 19, 2019:

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran (Olga), Pearl Chanda (Masha), Ria Zmitrowicz (Irina) - on a journey to acceptance and stoicism...wonderful trio.

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran (Olga), Pearl Chanda (Masha), Ria Zmitrowicz (Irina) – on a journey to acceptance and stoicism…wonderful trio.

Whichever way you cut it, Chekhov’s Three Sisters is about loss, mounting loss and how to cope with it.

But then, you might adapt that to Chekhov’s two other mighty tragedies, Uncle Vanya and eminently The Cherry OrchardContinue reading