Are you a child of the 1980s? How many of these albums did you have on repeat on your Sony Walkman? Get into the period mood ahead of seeing Steven Dietz’s American AIDS-era two-hander Lonely Planet, transferring this month to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. Time to get booking!
From its haunting title, to its moments of explosive dialogue, this is a modern classic, which when it was first staged won Mamet the Pulitzer Prize. Set in Chicago, it shows a group of slick hustlers who have to sell tracts of indifferent Florida real estate.
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David Storey’s family celebration drama of 1989 is typically natural, subtle and poignant, but also retro
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Powerful revival of Jim Cartwright’s 1986 modern classic comes alive in all its noisy, vulgar and transcendent glory.
It’s a radical rewrite. Gone is a lot of the mystery and the poetry of the original. In their place is a contemporary, accessible version which emphasises realistic psychology (a lot of backstory detail) and social realism (a lot of childcare detail).
Politics is a serious business, but it’s also a fun spectator sport. Think of the duels in Prime Minister’s Questions; or the marathon that is Brexit.
The late Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic has a great title for a 1980s feminist drama. In three words she presents the emotional landscape of her play: uncertain, edgy, angsty.
Great work from Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith saves a nostalgic drama from wallowing in its own Britishness.
Six veterans of both British and Argentinian armies feature in a disappointingly ultra-cool Falklands War drama.