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Love N Stuff, Theatre Royal Stratford East – Review

Tanika Gupta Directed by Kerry Michael ★★★ Pros: Slick, technically excellent and a text-book example of how to present a huge range of characters with very few actors. Cons: Hard to develop an emotional attachment to the piece.  Our Verdict: A gently enjoyable insight into a 35 year-old marriage where one partner makes a radical decision. Quite funny, extremely well executed, but lacking in tension which stops it from being truly engaging. Credit: Robert Day Love N Stuff is a ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noel Coward Theatre – Review

William ShakespeareDirected by Michael Grandage ★★★★★  Pros: A lavish, contemporary, comical production with an outstanding cast. The relatable interpretation succeeded in bringing this play full of fairies and spells to a wide and appreciative audience. Cons: I’m grasping at straws, but Padraic Delaney as Oberon/Theseus is a little less commanding than I expected from the king of the fairies/Duke of Athens. Our Verdict: Grandage’s interpretation proves the timelessnes of Shakespeare’s writing. Don’t be put off if you are not a ...

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Genesis New Writing Night, Genesis Cinema – Review

Presented by Genesis Cinema★★★ Pros: The opportunity to see and influence the development of plays at their earliest stages. Cons: As there were no posters or anything in the foyer to indicate where the event was taking place, venturing there was initially a trifle unnerving. Our Verdict: A very enjoyable experience. Something to put in your diary each month. Courtesy of Genesis Cinema When I first arrived at the Genesis Cinema to collect the tickets, there were no signs or ...

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Californian Lives, OSO Arts Centre – Review

Martin ForemanDirected by Emma King-Farlow★★★ Pros: The performers paint a powerful picture of longing, loneliness and regret that reaches deep within. Cons: Sometimes your mind wanders off because of the monologue-based structure of the play. Our Verdict: A production which has matured and improved since we last saw it. Courtesy of Lauren Wright Californian Lives is comprised of three different stories, each focused on the account of a nameless American character. Set in 1990s California, through a combination of monologues, ...

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No Way Out, White Bear Theatre – Review

Jean-Paul SartreDirected by Felix Schaaf and Tom van der Klugt★★★ Pros: A very clever premise, and a surprisingly humorous take on Hell! Cons: Do not see this while there’s football on in the pub. Just. Don’t. Our verdict: Lively, well acted and interesting! Courtesy of White Bear Theatre The idea behind the play is a clever and modern take on Hell. Three souls arrive in the Inferno only to find the fires are not present – instead they are in ...

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City Slices & Country Crumbs, Hen and Chickens Theatre – Review

Judy Upton, Melanie Hunter, Camilla Whitehill and Wendy Thomson Directed by Tessa Shrubsall and Charlie Ely ★★★ Pros: An eclectic mix of light-hearted and serious insights into life in England with some laugh-out-loud moments. Cons: The four ten-minute plays didn’t manage to go beyond being rather cursory glances into what could have been interesting topics.  Our Verdict: A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a night with friends and be introduced to some emerging young playwrights. Courtesy of Grey and Green ...

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Abandon, CLF Arts Cafe – Review

Carrie Byrne & Cat RosarioDirected by Natasha Markou★★ Pros: An honest portrayal of life with the refreshing reminder that the good guy doesn’t always win. Cons: The narrative lacked real punch. Our Verdict: This is a live performance with a cinematic feel and structure. It would perhaps translate better on screen to articulate subtle themes and ideas more clearly. Courtesy of The Bussey Building The world of internet dating opens up a field of great material for the screen and stage ...

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Suggestions of Love, King’s Head Theatre

Riccardo Bentsik  Music by Luca Tieppo  Directed by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin ★★★★ Pros: Mr Wyrd’s performance and dialogues. Truly enjoyable. Cons: The lyrics of the songs add a level of abstraction to the story that may perhaps complicate it. Our Verdict: A powerful production filled with emotion, music and magic. Credit: Tanushree Mathur Suggestions of Love, an Opera in one act, tells the story of two people – merely known as he and she – and the otherworldly forces that bring ...

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Lost Soles (Programme A), 38 Earlham Street – Review

Radha S Menon, Chloe Mashiter, Liam Tweddle, Mike Carter and Deschaney TateDirected by Nick Myles, Hannah Quigley, Blythe Stewart, Gavin Dent and Tom Lake★★★ Pros: Endearing, heartwarming and incredibly culturally revealing. Cons: Some staging issues meant that a lot of the audience couldn’t see anything. Our Verdict: A very intriguing night of short plays which revealed themes of loneliness, dissatisfaction and longing – but managed never to be melancholy. Courtesy of Riff Raff Productions Lost Soles is a collection of ...

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