Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on Joe Egg, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Mites, Islander & 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 13 October 2019), ranging from Aleks Sierz’s thoughts on the still very relevant A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the Trafalgar Studios to Libby Purves’ reaction to Mischief Theatre’s new offering Groan Ups, plus reviews of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Good Scout, Mites, Islander and the West End stage adaptation of the Ealing comedy classic The Man In The White Suit.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Trafalgar Studios

 

Aleks Sierz: “The issues raised by the play remain vivid: how do we treat disabled children, how much of a strain does a needy child put on its parents, and how do adults cope with emotional strain?”

 

The Good Scout – Above The Stag Theatre ★★★★

 

Elaine Chapman: “It’s a part of history that has been left unspoken about for many years and an extremely interesting twist in the past that deserves to be heard.”

 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Union Theatre

 

Ian Foster: “Some cracking choreography and two barnstorming lead performances make Gentlemen Prefer Blondes a musical treat at the Union Theatre.”

 

Groan Ups – Vaudeville Theatre

 

Libby Purves: “After the interval it takes off, vroom! One is a barrister, one a pet shop manager, one a urinal-cake salesman so desperate to impress that he has hired a fake girlfriend.”

 

Mites – Tristan Bates Theatre ★★★★

 

Emma Clarendon: “James Mannion’s deeply disturbing but bleakly funny play is given a thoroughly gripping production at the Tristan Bates Theatre.”

 

Islander – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★

 

The Family Stage: “Finn Anderson’s stunning score is performed beautifully by Tennick and Findlay, who both have crystal clear voices. Despite the understated staging, there is nothing simple about the task they undertake.”

 

The Man In The White Suit – Wyndham’s Theatre

 

Johnny Fox: “Unfortunately, The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre feels infinitely more laboured. The satire simply doesn’t survive the surgery and dies on the operating table early in Act One.”

 

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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.