Best of the Blogs: The Lehman Trilogy, Anna, Vincent River, Our Town & more

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

It’s impossible to stereotype the theatre entertaining and educating audiences across the UK and this past week has been no different with our 40-plus Mates revisiting hit plays, discovering immersive new ones and highlighting fresh, up and coming talent.

As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (20-27 May 2019). Amidst her choices is the return of The Lehman Trilogy, fresh from its success on Broadway and impressing Jonathan Baz with its ‘sheer technical theatrical genius”, while Aleks Sierz asks whether wearing headphones during a performance of Anna at the National Theatre is all a gimmick or vital to the impact of the play.

Elsewhere Olivia Mitchell catches up with another hit hoping to reprise its success, Vincent River, and new Mate One Woman West End Show (Sophie Garrod) chats to the founders of Liminal Theatre Productions as part of her compelling Rise Up series. Hope you enjoy the choices below.

The Lehman Trilogy – Piccadilly Theatre, London ★★★★

 

Jonathan Baz: “Notwithstanding its flawed message, in these times of unparalleled political polarisation The Lehman Trilogy will be lapped up by eager audiences. And for sheer technical theatrical genius, the play is in a class of its own.”

 

Anna – National Theatre,
London

 

Aleks Sierz: “If you don’t care about historical anachronisms, about verbal tone, this staging will delight – if you do, your pleasure might be compromised.”

 

Vincent River – Trafalgar Studios, London ★★★★

 

Olivia Mitchell: “This is a devastatingly beautiful play which is performed so well by two nuanced actors. Aggressive sections are perfectly contrasted by moments of unspoken emotion.”

 

Our Town – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

 

Lara Alier: “The casting of this play is on point in this ensemble piece. All of the actors create a beautiful puzzle of different personalities, dynamics and ages that really make their performance shine as a whole.”

 

User not found – The CoffeeWorks Project, London ★★★★

 

Luca Molinari: “This one-man show sees Terry O’Donovan doing a sterling job taking us through the humour and heartbreak of relationships, their demise, and the dilemma of death and the digital world.”

 

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet – Touring

 

No Billington: “This is a wakeup call to the conscious and unconscious abuse of children and adolescents – psychological, sexual, physical – that plagues our society. The litter of bloodied bodies at the close is hideously inevitable, tragic and unjust. Bravo.”

 

 

Sophie Garrod: “The theatre company
was named Liminal following Nicole and
Beth’s second year studying. They were told
by a lecturer that the year would be difficult, would test them, and so it would be a “liminal” journey.”

 

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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.