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Joan, Ovalhouse – Review

Joan

Pros: Laugh-out-loud funny, with catchy tunes. An interesting retelling of history. Cons: Not enough drag for me! It’s not very often I come across drag king shows, which is primarily the reason why I was drawn to Joan. For those who don’t know a drag king is (often but not always) a woman who dresses up in masculine clothing to personify gender stereotypes. This approach to a retelling of Joan of Arc’s story seemed to me like a unique way to merge drag, cabaret ...

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Focus Group, Ovalhouse – Review

Focus Group

Pros: Brilliant writing, excellent acting Cons: You have to be comfortable with audience participation to enjoy the show There are many reasons why I love Woody Allen. Not least of them is his rare gift of addressing profound existential issues in a way that is not only thoroughly enjoyable but also hysterically funny. In this regard Focus Group, a play adapted by Toot Theatre from David Foster Wallace’s short story Mister Squishy, is not unlike an Allen comedy. It tells ...

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Waking Beauty, Ovalhouse – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: At last a fairy tale to promote LGBTQ equality. Cons: Don’t expect elaborate set and costumes, but focus on the acting. Oval must be one of the cutest Underground stations in London. Coming up the escalator I was welcomed by classical music, pot plants and even a little shelf unit for the book exchange. A white board with the ‘thought of the day’ reminded me that every great action starts with a great dream and set the mood for ...

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