2019

Pictures of Dorian Gray

Jermyn Street Theatre, London ***
Box office: 0207-287-2875

www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Review: of performance seen June 10, 2019. 

© S R Taylor, Stanton Wright as Dorian Gray surrounded by `friends', Henry Wotton (Richard Keightley), Basil Hallward (Helen Reuben) and the subject of his misguided adoration, actress Sybil Vane (Augustina Seymour)...

© S R Taylor, Stanton Wright as Dorian Gray surrounded by `friends’, Henry Wotton (Richard Keightley), Basil Hallward (Helen Reuben) and the subject of his misguided adoration, actress Sybil Vane (Augustina Seymour)…

It was a bold idea on Tom Littler’s part to think of adapting Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray into a multi gender swapping stage production. Wilde’s persona and art was nothing if not multi-faceted, challenging gender orthodoxies of his time in almost all aspects. And respects! So, highly appropriate, and clever.  Continue reading

Come From Away

Come From Away *****

Phoenix Theatre,
Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0JP

Runs: 1hr 40 mins without interval
Review of perf seen May 30, 2019:

© Matthew Murphy, the West End company welcoming us to The Rock in Newfoundland...

© Matthew Murphy, the West End company welcoming us to The Rock in Newfoundland…

`On 9/11, we saw the worst that could happen, but around 7,000 people in that tragedy saw the best in humanity.’

Come From Away, the story of how one small town, Gander in Newfoundland responded to events of 9/11 when 7,000 passengers from 38 diverted aircraft landed in their midst, is one of the most joyous experiences you’ll encounter in the theatre. Continue reading

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