2010’s

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

Sweet Charity

Donmar Warehouse, London ****

© Johan Persson; Anne-Marie Duff as Charity Hope Valentine, a sweet innocent in a dark world, always looking for something better and hoping to be loved...

© Johan Persson; Anne-Marie Duff as Charity Hope Valentine, a sweet innocent in a dark world, always looking for something better and hoping to be loved…

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen April 18, 2019:

`A sweet sexy fairy tale’ is how one critic described Sweet Charity on its opening in London in Oct 1967.

And Josie Rourke’s final production as the Donmar’s artistic director before handing over to Michael Longhurst certainly lives up to that description but also makes it something rather more and darker because of the unlikely casting of Anne-Marie Duff as Sweet Charity. Continue reading

Rooms

Silk Street Theatre, Barbican, London ****
Runs: 1hr 15 mins without an interval
Review of performance seen April 11, 2019:

© Andrew Downes for GIAF, modern bathroom, spick and span except for the smashed basin, something's not right here...

© Andrew Downes for GIAF, modern bathroom, spick and span except for the smashed basin, something’s not right here…

Perhaps it depends on the order in which you see them. Then again, perhaps it makes no difference at all. Continue reading

The One

Soho Theatre, London
Runs: 70 mins no interval.

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Feb 26, 2014

With a nod to Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Pinter (sexual manipulation) and Strindberg (till death do them part a la Dance of Death), Vicky Jones’s 2013 Verity Bargate Award winner hits where it hurts most. In the heart. And in the solar plexus. Continue reading

Fleabag

Soho Theatre, London
Fleabag

Runs: 60 mins no interval.

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen May 14, 2014:

Was there ever a more provocative debut than this? Phoebe Waller-Bridge certainly made a huge splash with Fleabag when she opened it up at Edinburgh Fringe last year. Since then, this ode to modern womanhood has picked up every award going as most promising playwright (a lethal label really, how do you follow it?) and as performer. Continue reading