REVIEW ROUND-UP: Mood Music at The Old Vic Theatre

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Joe Penhall’s play about the music industry has officially opened at The Old Vic Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it… 

The Stage★★★★ “Penhall puts the musical idea of tension and resolution into his characters to create a fascinating, quietly gripping examination of creativity and everything that goes with it.”

The Arts Desk: “Mood Music is a compelling play that positively sings with great lines and throws Cat’s raw idealism against Bernard’s manipulative pragmatism.”

The Independent: ★★★★ “Roger Michell’s production has an incisive musical elegance.”

Broadway World: ★★★ “Roger Michell’s production remains essentially safe, neither offering a provocation to the traditional structures of theatre, nor to the industry it depicts.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★ “It tells a predictable story unpredictably, and is full of keen observations about the arrested emotional development of celebrities and how artistic collaborations are both forged and destroyed.”

Time Out: ★★★ “Still, if it’s not perfect, it’s certainly impressively in tune with the current climate – no difficult comeback album for Penhall.”

British Theatre Guide: “By the end of what can be a fairly traumatic but absolutely gripping evening with full-on depictions of age and gender discrimination leading to visible distress, viewers will have obtained a much better understanding of the music industry, humanity in the raw and the sad fates of Amy Winehouse and her ilk when the dream goes sour.”

The Times: ★★★★ “Riff on the music biz never hits a false note.”

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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