Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on Noises Off, Translations, [Blank], The Girl Who Fell, Tickle The Musical & more

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In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 20 October 2019), ranging from Olivia Mitchell’s thigh-slapping joy on seeing the West End production of Noises Off to Libby Purves’ plea that we listen to the story being told in [Blank] at the Donmar Warehouse plus reviews of The Girl Who Fell, Translations, Tickle The Musical, Baby Reindeer and Mephisto [A Rhapsody].

Noises Off – Garrick Theatre ★★★★
Olivia Mitchell: “If you’re looking for a few hours of complete laugh-out-loud escapism, Noises Off is 100% the show for you.”
[BLANK] – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★
Libby Purves: “It is tremendous ensemble work, physically expressive, verbally articulate, ripping off layers of smug delusion with elegant skill.”
The Girl Who Fell – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★
Emma Clarendon: “A sensitive piece of drama that covers all perspectives of those caught up in tragedy and grief with brilliant insight.”
Translations – National Theatre
Tom Bolton: “Translations is a masterpiece, a play in which the past and the future jostle for space in the shifting present and people try to locate their identities as language slips from their grasp.”
Tickle the Musical – King’s Head Theatre
Ian Foster: “So it’s all really rather good fun, slotting in nicely to the King’s Head’s late slot and wrapping up long before you’ll be wanting to cry out ‘enough’.”
Baby Reindeer – Bush Theatre
Aleks Sierz: “An obsessive story about about obsession, and one which asks pertinent questions about what it means to be a victim, complicit or not, and how difficult it is to recover from trauma.”
Mephisto [A Rhapsody] – Gate Theatre
Laura Kressly: “The play confronts classism, racism and lack of political action in the UK today, both in the arts and in the privileged but apathetic public.”
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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.