2010’s

Bitter Wheat

Garrick Theatre, London ***
Runs: 2hrs 20mins incl interval.
TICKETS 0844 412 4659
On-line: www.nimaxtheatres.com
Review: of perf seen June 19, 2019:

© Manuel Harlan, John Malkovich as Barney Fein, film mogul and Matthew Pidgeon as putative script-writer falling foul of Fein's deal-making...

© Manuel Harlan, John Malkovich as Barney Fein, film mogul and Matthew Pidgeon as putative script-writer falling foul of Fein’s deal-making…

Any production that has John Malkovich heading its cast in a new David Mamet is going to sound like a sure-fire box office hit. Continue reading

Country Music

 

Omnibus Theatre, London ****
Runs: 90 mins without interval
Box Office: phone: 0207 498 4699

Review of performance seen June 11, 2019:

Cary Crankson as the wayward and vulnerable Jamie...

© Bonnie Britain, Cary Crankson as the wayward and vulnerable Jamie…

Marie McCarthy’s Clapham Omnibus venue never ceases to surprise. Dedicated, as befits its previous life as a library, to story-telling in all its various forms, Scott Le Crass’s revival of Simon Stephens’ Country Music is itself a revelation. Continue reading

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