Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 13 October 2019), ranging from Aleks Sierz’s thoughts on the still very relevant A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the Trafalgar Studios to Libby Purves’ reaction to Mischief Theatre’s new offering Groan Ups, plus reviews of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Good Scout, Mites, …
Ruby Thomas’ experimental debut play Either is an intriguing questioning of gender identity that retains an air of politeness.
This sharp and starry revival of Peter Nichols’ taboo-busting fantasia A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is pretty magnificent.
Caryl Churchill’s Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. at the Royal Court is wonderfully bright and incisively perceptive.
Scrupulous revival of Black Chiffon, an almost forgotten psychological thriller about class and unconscious desire.
There’s excellent acting in Two Ladies, a play that tickles the senses and the intellect by playfully morphing from one genre to another.
Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on Big, A Dolls’s House, Shida & The Eyes Of The Night.
New Israeli play Amsterdam about the effect of the past on the present is an open text which owes much too much to Martin Crimp.
Tanika Gupta’s superb reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic A Doll’s House is both entertaining and deep.
New docu-drama The King of Hell’s Palace about the Chinese blood-contamination scandal of 1990s is about corruption and cover-up.
Lucy Prebble’s latest tells the story of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in A Very Expensive Poison, but prefers buffoonery over analysis.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk. Favourite stage direction: “There are two printed versions of this play. One is exclusively used by the actors and audience in the performance. The actors read most of their lines from that book. They invite the audience to turn the pages with …
Lively gig theatre revival of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuroa, a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience doesn’t quite work.
Tim Crouch returns! And Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation at the Royal Court, his experimental exploration of belief and determinism, is touched by genius.
Simon Woods’ debut play Hansard, about the parliamentary ruling class is timely, and amusingly preceptive, but ultimately unsatisfying.