Best of the Blogs: All My Sons, Rosmersholm, Man Of La Mancha, This Is My Family & more

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There is no let-up in the busy theatre calendar and, as always, our 40-plus Mates based in London, across the UK and internationally are on quick off the mark with their reviews – whether it be openings of West End plays and musicals, intriguing Fringe openings or much-anticipated Fringe premieres.

As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (29 April-6 May 2019), ranging from Johnny Fox’s nostalgic return to see All My Sons (led by Sally Field and Bill Pullman) and Maryam Philpott’s thoughts on the much-anticipated Rosmersholm starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell to the opening of the Chichester Festival Theatre season with Matt Merritt’s This Is My Family at the Minerva.

And how did musicals Man Of La Mancha and Ain’t Misbehavin’ fare? Plus check out a contribution from brand new Mate, Elaine Chapman, who has been along on to see Featured Show: Starved at the Bread & Roses Theatre. Read on to find out more.

All My Sons – The Old Vic, London ★★★★

 

Johnny Fox: “My first written review – for a student newspaper – was All My Sons, at the Octagon Theatre Bolton. 45 years, and six thousand seats in the stalls later, we have come full circle and it was with pleasure and a tiny bit of pride I went this evening to see it again.”

 

Rosmersholm – Duke of York’s Theatre, London

 

Maryam Philpott: “Rosmersholm is rarely seen these days but it is a play with a pertinent political and social commentary that clearly justifies this new revival.”

 

Man Of La Mancha – London Coliseum ★★★

 

Jonathan Baz: “Here however, celebrity
stunt casting has stripped what could
have been a majestic musical of its Iberian magic.”

 

This Is My Family – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

 

Matt Merritt: “One of the joys of discovering something new is the lack of expectation and this little gem from Calendar Girls/Neville’s Island writer Tim Firth blindsided me with its warmth and sense of fun, even when dealing with painful situations.”

 

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Southwark Playhouse, London

 

Louis Train: “This revival of the Broadway show Ain’t Misbehavin’ from the 1970s, which strings together tunes from Harlem Renaissance man
and jazz great Fats Waller, proves that when music is really good, it’s really good in any decade.”

 

Top Girls – National Theatre, London

 

No Billington: “There is a plot which develops that recalls the some of the earlier themes of motherhood and autonomy in the stories from act one. Through Marlene choosing between motherhood and a career, defined in the play as belonging to two separate worlds, Top Girls is a blistering attack on the politics of the era.”

 

Starved – Bread & Roses Theatre, London ★★★★

 

Elaine Chapman: “Lad and Lass battle each other through the fear of losing one another
while at the same time they battle their
own hurt and fears from the damage created
by their dysfunctional pasts. Their language
is as raw and open as their bleak living arrangements.

 

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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.

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