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

The Doctor

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hr 45 mins incl one interval
TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)

© Manuel Harlan, Juliet Stevenson as the ethical Ruth Wolff, Medical Consultant and Joy Richardson as partner, Charlie - could be either male or female, bringing up all kinds of ambiguities about identity, sexuality, freedom...

© Manuel Harlan, Juliet Stevenson as the ethical Ruth Wolff, Medical Consultant and Joy Richardson as partner, Charlie – could be either male or female, bringing up all kinds of ambiguities about identity, sexuality, freedom…

Review of perf seen Aug 24, 2019:

One thing you can be sure of at Rupert Goold’s Almeida. You will be provoked. You may also be challenged and, at the end of the day, you will have to admire the sheer bravura of the production.  Continue reading

Tree

Young Vic Theatre, London ****
Runs: 1hr 30mins without interval
Review of perf seen Aug 6, 2019:

© Marc Brenner, Alfred Enoch and the `ancestors' ensemble drawing him back into the present...

© Marc Brenner, Alfred Enoch and the `ancestors’ ensemble drawing him back into the present…

There are some mighty aspirations driving Tree. And, after all the controversy, it turns out to be a theatrical spectacle that only the most hard-nosed sceptic would be unable to completely resist. Continue reading

The Time of Our Lies

Park Theatre, London ****
Runs: 65 mins without interval
Review of perf seen Aug 1, 2019:

© Tomas Turpie, Jessye Romeo (foreground) and the cast in Che Walker's visceral, blood drenched production of Bianca Bagatourian's memoir of American anti-war and political activist/historian Howard Zinn.

© Tomas Turpie, Jessye Romeo (foreground) and the cast in Che Walker’s visceral, blood drenched production of Bianca Bagatourian’s memoir of American anti-war and political activist/historian Howard Zinn.

There is much in Bianca Bagatourian’s The Time Of Our Lies that reminded me of George Brant’s Grounded, the play that told the story an American woman drone pilot and in so doing brought home the dehumanising effect of modern warfare on those shielded by distance but not by the after-effects of sensing the violence they were inflicting on other human beings.  Continue reading

the end of history

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs ***
Runs: 1hr 50 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

© Johan Persson, David Morrissey as a sympathetic David, husband to Lesley Sharp's dynamic Sal - a loving couple...

© Johan Persson, David Morrissey as a sympathetic David, husband to Lesley Sharp’s dynamic Sal – a loving couple…

Review: of performance seen July 4, 2019:

Even the best of intentions can sometimes end up messily.

You’d think the combo of Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and before that, Hope, and the brilliant adaptation of the Swedish gothic tale, let the right one in) would be a brilliant reunion. Continue reading