Best Of The Blogs 17 Feb 20

Best of the Blogs: Leopoldstadt, Far Away, Nora, People Show 137 & more

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

In our continuing series, editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 16 February 2020), ranging from Maryam Philpott’s thoughts on Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt – quite the occasion – at the Wyndham’s Theatre to why Caryl Churchill’s 45-minute play Far Away, staged at the Donmar Warehouse, remains a beautifully imagined fantastical catastrophe according to Aleks Sierz.

Plus find out what the Mates think of Nora: A Doll’s House, People Show 137: God Knows How Many, On McQuillan’s Hill, Musik and Once.

Leopoldstadt – Wyndham’s Theatre
Maryam Philpott: “Nonetheless, Leopoldstadt has feeling as well as intellect, a very personal reflection on who Stoppard is and what he wants to leave behind.”
Far Away – Donmar Warehouse
Aleks Sierz: “While Churchillian devotees will admire the cool economy of the writing and the emotional truth of the acting, other theatre-goers might wonder why they should take the trouble to see a show that barely lasts 45 minutes.”
Nora: A Doll’s House – Young Vic
Carole Woddis: “Despite the challenges, and judging by the Young Vic’s typically youthful, mixed audience, this is a production to which they can relate and which, so far as I could see, kept them on the edge of their seats.”
People Show 137 – Southwark Playhouse
Tom Bolton: “There is no lack of inventiveness in the evening, and the company has an admirable ability to conjure moments that capture the audience’s attention, and to deliver about turns that keep the audience intrigued.”
On McQuillan’s Hill – Finborough Theatre
Michael Davis: “The play shows that even
for the ‘strongest’, most ‘together’ people,
they all have a threshold where they uncharacteristically avoid facing the truth
head on.” ★★★★
Musik – Leicester Square Theatre
Stephanie Ressort: “Frances Barber fully inhabits Billie Trix, bringing her to life with an engaging warmth and compassion. Yes, Billie is a narcissist, fantasist and terrible mother, but that doesn’t make us wrong to love her.”
Once – Touring
Becky Doyle: “The music in this show was fantastic, each and every actor/actress had an unbelievable musical talent, performing with the upmost energy. They genuinely looked like they loved what they do.” ★★★★
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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.