Quote Unquote #1: 15 of my favourite lines from 6 recent plays

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People who see me in the theatre no doubt assume I’m always armed with my little notebook and scrambling for the pen that always seems to have fallen to the bottom of my bag because I’m a critic. [Readers of this blog know, however, that I never lay claim to that label.]

But I’m not making notes for reviews: it’s the quotes I want. I can’t help it, I’m a quote fiend. As it happens, I also find the plays that have me scribbling fastest are the ones that I feel compelled to recommend most enthusiastically.

So here are some of my favourite lines – at least the legible ones (my penmanship is awful) – from recent weeks’ playgoing. And my highest recommendations from the six plays that these derive from:

  • Snoo Wilson’s Alan Turing bio-play Lovesong of the Electric Bear, in Matthew Parker’s playful revival now transferred from the Hope Theatre to the studio Above the Arts
  • Jon Brittain’s new comedy about transgender relationship trials and tribulations, Rotterdam, in its world premiere season at Theatre 503
  • Ian Kelly’s adaptation of his own acclaimed history book, Mr Foote’s Other Leg, a true “love letter to the theatre” that tells the story of 18th-century comedian Samuel Foote, the man who gave the Haymarket (where, so fittingly, Kelly’s play is now running) its Theatre Royal status

Scroll down for booking dates and tweet reactions to these six plays, as well as other shows I’ve seen recently.

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Booking dates

ROTTERDAM – Theatre 503 until 21 November 2015
LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR – Above the Arts until 21 November 2015
THE HAIRY APE – the Old Vic until 21 November 2015
DINNER WITH FRIENDS – Park Theatre until 28 November 2015
HARLEQUINADE – Garrick Theatre until 13 January 2016
MR FOOTE’S OTHER LEG – Theatre Royal Haymarket until 23 January 2016

Terri on Twitter

Theatre Diary – 12 Nov 15
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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