Best of the Blogs: White Christmas, An Act of God, My Brilliant Friend & 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 2 December 2019), ranging from The Blog Of Theatre Things Liz Dyer feeling festive thanks to a joyful production of White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre, to the witty and satirical An Act Of God at The Vaults, as reviewed by Emma Clarendon for Love London Love Culture. Plus find out what the Mates think of My Brilliant Friend Parts One and Two, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Curtains, West Side Story and The Arrival.

White Christmas – Dominion Theatre
Liz Dyer: “Before long the stage is overflowing with so much joy, romance and goodwill to all that ultimately, much like the ‘Snow’ song, this White Christmas proves impossible to resist.”
An Act of God – The Vaults ★★★★
Emma Clarendon: “Want to understand God and the Bible in a whole new way? That is a question I never thought I would ask but it is quite necessary as this razor sharp comedy by David Javerbaum proves.”
My Brilliant Friend Parts One and Two – National Theatre
Maryam Philpott: “It’s hard not to be impressed by the achievement of this two part production of My Brilliant Friend and its interesting techniques to imagine the vast world of Elena Ferrante’s novels.”
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – Bridge Theatre ★★★★
Libby Purves: “So give it to the inventive director Sally Cookson, let Rae Smith loose on design, use the fantasy of bare-stage and musicians and some nifty trapdoor work, and trust a hardworking ensemble.”
Curtains – Touring & West End
★★★★
Family Stage: “This is a fantastic production of Curtains which really comes to life in the musical numbers. It is performed brilliantly by an impressively large cast in which there is not a weak link. Manford is excellent as theatre-enthusiast Cioffi.”
West Side Story – Curve Leicester
Ian Foster: “Through musical supervisor Sarah Travis’ incredible treatment of this iconic Bernstein score, to Kane’s sensational set-pieces which fill every inch of the Curve’s stage, this is damn close to musical theatre perfection.”
The Arrival – Bush Theatre
Aleks Sierz: “As the moments of tenderness follow incidents of aggression, a terrifically complex picture emerges of how boys will simply always be boys. Great stuff excellently performed”.
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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.