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On The Exhale, Traverse Theatre (Traverse 2) – Review

2. Polly Frame in On the Exhale. Photo by Sid Scott

Pros: This personal drama stands out for its political message. Cons: Zimmerman’s notes on production indicate that the woman is determined not to be a victim, but during the play we see her entirely losing her clarity of mind with a nearly-irreversible fallout. Working as a teacher in a United States school, a woman (Polly Frame) develops a compulsive fear of falling victim to a shooting. She knows it’s only a matter of time before this happens in her establishment ...

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In The Heights, Stockwell Playhouse – Review

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Pros: The main characters were phenomenal, especially for being ages 16-21. Not a note, dance move or line out of place. Truly professionals. Cons: The band was way too loud and drowned out the performers. In The Heights, the popular musical by Lin Manuel Miranda, has been chosen by RicNic Theatre Company for their summer show. It tells the story of a group of Latinos living in Washington Heights, New York and the journey they all take, learning about themselves, each other and their ...

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The Ladies Loo Chronicles, theSpace on North Bridge (Fife Theatre) – Review

The Ladies Loo Chronicles - Photo credit William Osbon

Pros: Laugh-out-loud funny. Cons: There are some seriously icky scenes. Best friends Lydia (Evangeline Dickson) and Megan (Flora London) are partying in a club, when the latter realises that her period has suddenly started and she hasn’t got any sanitary products. The toilet attendant Winnie (Savanna Griffiths) wants to charge her £2.50 for a tampon, but the young girls don’t have any cash and the bar’s card reader doesn’t work. The only choice for Megan is to wait inside the ...

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Impact, Pleasance Courtyard (This) – Review

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Pros: The final twist is pretty clever. Cons: This show didn’t stand up to its name and made very little impact on me. The narrator of this drama is smartly dressed and has distinct manners. When he walks in, he puts his briefcase on the floor behind his chair, and invites us to pick some envelopes from a rack. These contain victim impact statements, talking about the aftermath of a big tragedy: loss, grief, and the inability to forgive. Then the ...

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Vivian’s Music, 1969, Sweet Grassmarket (Grassmarket 3) – Review

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Pros: Jazz music is neatly interwoven into the fabric of this play. Cons: The performance space is one of the worst I’ve ever been to. In 1969 a 14-year old Afro-American girl was shot at point blank range by a white policeman, sparking one of the biggest race riots of the decade. Not much is known about her, other than her name – Vivian Strong – and the fact that she was returning home from a party she’d attended with her ...

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Much Ado About Nothing, Gray’s Inn Hall – Review

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Pros: A silent but expressive, accordion-toting Verges Cons: Too many cicadas It’s common these days to watch ‘high’ culture in a ‘low’ setting: Mayerling at the local multiplex, Hamlet on catch-up, in PJs. Watching Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing is the opposite experience. It’s a sort of cheesy sitcom (with shades of honour killing), in the pannelled and stained-glassed splendour of Gray’s Inn Hall. This cheesy sitcom is set in France, 1945. There are pretty girls in tea dresses ...

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