Best of the Blogs

Best of the Blogs: The House of the Spirits, The Green Fairy, Death of a Salesman & more

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Lisa Martland

In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 10 November 2019), ranging from Aleks Sierz’s thoughts on Caridad Svich’s “excellent” adaptation of Isabel Allende’s 1982 modern classic The House of the Spirits at Cervantes Theatre to the work of the “ever-marvellous Julie Atherton” in The Green Fairy at the Union Theatre, as reviewed by Ian Foster. Plus find out what the Mates think of Death of a Salesman, Sydney & the Old Girl and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Enjoy.

The House of the Spirits – Cervantes Theatre
Aleks Sierz: “The play is absorbing in its emotional perceptiveness and sensual reality. Paula Paz’s production has a fine pace and the narrative is clear and compelling.”
The Green Fairy – Union Theatre
Ian Foster: “The ever-marvellous Julie Atherton plays her role with a real astringency, never looking for sympathy in her portrayal of a woman whose alcohol addiction has left her teetering on the edge of the abyss. And that voice! It’s a real thrill to witness it up close and personal like this.”
Death of a Salesman – Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★
Emma Clarendon: “Helping to keep the tension bubbling nicely throughout are some stunning performances. As Willy, Wendell Pierce delivers a powerful and deeply engaging portrayal of a man who is in despair.”
Sydney & the Old Girl – Park Theatre ★★★★
Johnny Fox: “Sydney & the Old Girl is a refreshing breath of foul air, a dark comedy with deeply unpleasant characters which manages to echo Pinter and Joe Orton in its macabre domestic antagonism.”
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Chiswick Playhouse
Vivienne King: “It is definitely confirmed that this UK debut is the better edition as Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) and Jimmy Roberts (music) have filled their musical with pop-culture references and comprehensive couplings galore.”
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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.