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Black Jesus, Finborough Theatre – Review

Anders LustgartenDirected by David Mercatali★★★★  Pros: A powerful and intelligent script, excellent performance, functional and well-designed set. Cons: The play runs a bit short and couple have benefited from an extra scene or two to cinch the potency of the piece. Our Verdict: Black Jesus is a simply fantastic new work in every way and deserves a high place on your must-see list. Courtesy of Finborough Theatre Every time I visit the Finborough Theatre, I’m always shocked at the extent ...

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Heaven in Berlin, Testbed1 – Review

Ciaran McConvilleDirected by Jamie Harper★★★ Pros: Impressive use of lighting and music to create an atmosphere which heightens your senses. Cons: This kind of promenade does provoke competition amongst the audience – all straining to get a good view of the action across the space. Be prepared to get some elbows! Our Verdict: This is good promenade theatre – energetic, slick and raw all at the same time. Courtesy of Hobo Theatre I was running a bit late in getting ...

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PVT Wars, The Space – Review

James McLure Directed by Naomi Wirthner ★★★★ Pros: A funny and sad performance that is very well thought-out. Cons: An ending that could have been shorter, and sharper. Our Verdict: A very poignant look at the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the destruction left behind both physically and emotionally.  Courtesy of the Barebones Project PVT wars takes place in one of my favourite London venues, The Space, a lovely former church in Mudchute. The always-friendly staff and bar staff ...

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Call Mr Robeson, Tristan Bates Theatre – Review

Written and performed by Tayo AlukoDirected by Olusola Oyeleye★★★★ Pros: This is an interesting and important story told as an engaging and thought-provoking reminiscence. Aluko’s performance is impressively heartfelt and dynamic – I feel I have a real sense of this incredible man. Cons: There are few – the timeline does jump about a bit, which confused me at times. Our Verdict: This is an emotionally charged, insightful monodrama of a lesser known civil rights activist. Wonderfully performed, it leaves ...

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Show Me The Money, Chelsea Theatre – Review

Tony Diggle Directed by Matthew Gould★★ Pros: A simple, cheerful story that is easy to follow in a homely and friendly atmosphere.  Cons: The predictable storyline and the actors’ strange, unnecessary facial twitches. Our Verdict: A romantic comedy that would have benefited from a little more of both romance and comedy. Courtesy of Castlebar Productions Cycling for what seemed forever down posh but quaint King’s Road in Chelsea, as the traffic thinned and the trees became more abundant, made me feel ...

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The Domestic Crusaders, Tara Arts – Review

Wajahat AliDirected by Jatinder Verma★★ Pros: A unique and informative approach to the political and social climate faced by Muslims in America, with an incredibly detailed set. Cons: A heavy handed script and overacting makes the show difficult to bear at times. Our Verdict: The content of the show plus its expert design give it value, though ultimately some flaws in style and performance detract from from the best aspects. Credit: George Torode Wajahat Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders, which makes ...

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There Has Possibly Been An Incident, Soho Theatre – Review

Chris Thorpe  Directed by Sam Pritchard ★★★ Pros: An insightful look into violence and moral ambiguity in the modern world. Cons: Extremely inaccessible and demanding of its audience. I found the staging and the general style of performance very difficult to engage with. Our Verdict: This was very difficult to engage with. Brilliant in some ways, but certainly not easy watching. Courtesy of Soho Theatre I have to say, I feel a little guilty for not having loved this show. It ...

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Into The Woods Screening, Regents Park Open Air Theatre – Review

Stephen Sondheim Directed by Timothy Sheader Hosted by Digital Theatre ★★★★  Pros: We can see a show from 2010 and create a new live event around it. The atmosphere was very fun and personable with a lovely array of guests. Cons: Limited connection with the other audiences watching in other locations.  Our Verdict: A very fun way to revive a revival, I see screening parties becoming more popular. Courtesy of Digital Theatre Ever felt frustrated that you don’t have time ...

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The Barrier, Park Theatre – Review

Sally Llewellyn Directed by Kirrie Wratten  ★★  Pros: The set, lighting and audio enhance the performance. The program is full of interesting reading, adding a lot of context to the show. There is a good amount of on-stage action, so the audience sees what is happening. Cons: The story is very simple, especially given the subject matter. The dialogue felt contrived, and the delivery is a bit melodramatic. Our Verdict: Conceptually this story is interesting. Unfortunately, it does not translate to ...

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Jekyll and Hyde, Southwark Playhouse – Review

Jonathan Holloway Directed by Jessica Edwards ★★ Pros: An original adaptation of a classic text. Cons: I found it easy to stop caring about what was going on. Our Verdict: Brilliantly sordid without actually being brilliant. Courtesy of Flipping the Bird Theatre This is an interesting one. Back in July one of my fellow Everything Theatre contributors reviewed this production before it went up to the Edinburgh Festival – as you will read, they felt rather differently to me about ...

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