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The Comedy of Errors, Gray’s Inn Hall – Review

Credit: Scott Rylander

Pros: Excellent performers, ingenious design and impeccable direction. Cons: The period setting is sometimes confused. The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works and certainly his shortest. Significantly influenced by Plautus’ Latin comedy Menaechmi, it is the story of two pairs of twins who fall victim to a series of mishaps related to their ambiguous identity. Egeon (Paul Croft) is a merchant from Syracuse who heads to Ephesus in search of one of his twin sons, lost twenty-five ...

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Forty Shades of Strawberry Blond, Camden Comedy Club – Review

Credit: Karina Bedkowska Photography

Pros: Side-splittingly funny! Cons: Some acts are more polished than others. As a part of the Camden Fringe Festival, Paul Carroll brings his Forty Shades of Strawberry Blond to the Camden Comedy Club for a three-night run. This one-man show, first performed at the Soho Theatre earlier this year, is a compilation of odd acts and unexpected situations, depicted with striking attention to detail. First on stage is a guy with a floral dressing gown and a wind machine, most ...

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Marilyn & Sinatra, Jermyn Street Theatre – Review

Credit: Erin Gavin

Pros: No other studio compliments live singing like the Jermyn Street Theatre. Cons: The topic is captivating but the production lacks verve. The night she died, on the 5th August 1965, Marilyn Monroe had been listening to a stack of Frank Sinatra albums. Curious to uncover the link between the two stars, playwright and director Sandro Monetti undertook a year-long journey which lead him to meet influential people like Monroe’s last publicist Michael Selsman, the producer of Some like it Hot ...

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