Reviews

Summer Rolls

Park Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hrs with an interval
Review of perf seen June 24, 2019
© Dante Kim, Michael Phong-Le (Anh) and Linh-Dan Pham (Mother), exposing family secrets from the past...

© Dante Kim, Michael Phong-Le (Anh) and Linh-Dan Pham (Mother), exposing family secrets from the past…

Another milestone, another account of lost stories come to light. Summer Rolls is the first Vietnamese play to have been produced in London and a mark of a growing sense of confidence by its two young producers, Tuyen Do, Summer Rolls’ author and Tuyet Huynh, who only set up their production company, VãnThanh Productions a year ago. Continue reading

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