Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Runs: 2hr 20 mins incl an interval
TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
In person: Mon–Sat, 10am-start of perf or 6pm if no show

© Johan Persson, Louisa Harland, Kwabena Ansah, Rebekah Murrell, Patrick McNamee - red rubber dog, a clock, a glass girl, a vase - with human feelings...in Glass

© Johan Persson, Louisa Harland, Kwabena Ansah, Rebekah Murrell, Patrick McNamee – red rubber dog, a clock, a glass girl, a vase – with human feelings…in Glass

Review: of perf seen Sept 26, 2019:

Remarkable. At 81, Caryl Churchill is still producing new plays as daring in form and treatment as any. She’s now brought not one but four new plays to the Royal Court, in many ways her alma mater where so many of her plays have seen the first light of day.  Continue reading

Until the Flood

Arcola Theatre, London ****
Runs: 1hr 10 mins without interval
Box Office:  020 7503 1646
Online: www.arcolatheatre.com

© Alex Brenner, remembering Michael Brown...

© Alex Brenner, remembering Michael Brown…

Review of perf seen Sept 20, 2019:

When it comes to capturing the soul of a nation, America can certainly field some big hitters.

Last year it was the mother of verbatim theatre, Anna Deveare Smith who appeared briefly in London with Notes from the Field, a searing, intense investigation into discrimination seen through the penal and education systems – the disproportionate number of African-Americans in prison, excluded from schools and shot by police.  Continue reading

total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London ****
Runs: 1hr 10 mins without interval
TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
In person: Mon–Sat, 10am-start of perf or 6pm if no show
On-line: www.royalcourttheatre.co.uk

© Eoin Carey, Susan Vidler and Shyvonne Ahmmad, surrounded by audience members. A young girl awakes, and an older woman tries to engage in a narrative that neither can agree on...

© Eoin Carey, Susan Vidler and Shyvonne Ahmmad, surrounded by audience members. A young girl awakes, and an older woman tries to engage in a narrative that neither can agree on…

Review of perf seen Sept 13, 2019:

Total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation. 

Quite a handful of a title to get hold of. But unlike much printed on the front of the bottle these days, it is what it says. It is a total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation – of sorts. Continue reading

Amsterdam

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond ***
Runs: 1hr 20mins without an interval
TICKETS: Box Office: 020 8940 3633
On-line: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

© Helen Murray, Michal Horowicz - the young violinist

© Helen Murray, Michal Horowicz – the young violinist

Review of perf seen Sept 11, 2019:

Maya Arad Yasur’s Amsterdam had already had an illustrious reception before it hit Paul Miller’s pocket dynamo Orange Tree, Richmond this week. Continue reading

Hedda Tesman

Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre ****
Runs 2hrs 30 mins with one interval

Review of perf seen Sept 5, 2019:

© Johan Persson, Haydn Gwynne as the unhappy, self-hating Hedda Tesman...

© Johan Persson, Haydn Gwynne as the unhappy, self-hating Hedda Tesman…

Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler – along with Nora Helmer – are two of the most haunting characters in the classical theatre repertoire.  Continue reading

Appropriate

Donmar Warehouse, London ***
Box office:   020 3282 3808 (No booking fees, £1 postage fee may apply)                    Telephone Mon-Sat 10am-6pm In person Mon-Sat, 10am-curtain up (with some exceptions, see website) 

© Marc Brenner, Monica Dolan as an angry older sister, Toni, Steven Mackintosh as wry, wheeler-dealer brother Bo and Edward Hogg amidst the rubbish of their family home...

© Marc Brenner, Monica Dolan as an angry older sister, Toni, Steven Mackintosh as wry, wheeler-dealer brother Bo and Edward Hogg as the unkempt and repentant Franz amidst the rubbish of their family home…

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval Review of perf seen Aug 23, 2019: Where would American theatre be without the family drama? It seems we have been watching them forever, from Arthur Miller to good old Tennessee, to latter day versions such as Bruce Norris and Tracey Letts. And not forgetting Lorraine Hansberry whose Raisin in the Sun begat August Wilson’s African-American decology of plays, all of them centred around a family. Continue reading