Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on When The Crows Visit, Different From The Others, On Bear Ridge, Soho Cinders & more

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In our continuing series, editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 3 November 2019). Libby Purves emphasises the significance of Anumpama Chandrasekhar’s new play When The Crows Visit at the Kiln Theatre, while Stephanie Ressort feels the emotional impact of Different From The Others, currently playing at the White Bear Theatre. Plus reviews of The Antipodes, On Bear Ridge, Soho Cinders, High Fidelity and Ghost Quartet.

When The Crows Visit – Kiln Theatre ★★★★
Libby Purves: “Anumpama Chandrasekhar has given us a violently disturbing play, and so it should be. India bleeds at news of rapes – too often unpunished, too often including violent mutilation as male anger rises against women who are educated, making their way, insolently looking  them straight in the eye.”
Different From The Others – White Bear Theatre
Stephanie Ressort: “The reverence that Claudio Macor clearly has for the history he is sharing, comes through very strongly and adds to the overall emotional impact of the play. I defy anyone not to be moved by Dr Magnus Hirschfield’s passion and commitment.”
The Antipodes – National Theatre
Maryam Philpott: “At times you do wonder if perhaps Annie Baker has bitten off more than she can chew in an attempt to explore the universality of storytelling, while the descent into a kind of collective insanity may seem strange in lieu of a plot. But this is a writer with lots to say and always with her work.”
On Bear Ridge – Royal Court Theatre
Ian Foster: “Rakie Ayola and Rhys Ifans are terrific as Noni and John Daniel, a complementary balance of optimism and teetering panic, especially once their precious memories seem to come under threat.”
Soho Cinders – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★
Emma Clarendon: “Soho Cinders is a delightfully cheeky modern take on Cinderella that has been given a lively and entertaining revival thanks to Will Keith’s production and immensely watchable cast.”
High Fidelity – Turbine Theatre ★★★★
Olivia Mitchell: “Tom Jackson Greaves directs with a brilliant ease and fluency so the entire production feels relatable. Perhaps not in terms of the story itself but through the truthful self-reflection and humour of it all.”
Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre ★★★★★
Michali Swainston-Harrison: “Structured more as a theatrical song cycle, Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet is a ‘kaleidoscope journey’ of love, betrayal and whiskey that questions and explores the nature of storytelling.”
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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.