How many plays pass the Bechdel Test? Originally featured in a comic strip, and popularised in film criticism, it simply states that to pass this test your story has to have: 1) at least two women in it; 2) who talk to each other; 3) about something other than a man. Well, one of the brilliant things about Irish writer Margaret Perry’s new dark comedy, Paradise Now! is that it passes this test with an A Plus grade.
Alice Birch’s experimental new play [Blank] prioritises form over content and is at heart depressingly reactionary.
Gate Theatre artistic director Ellen McDougall has announced the 40th anniversary season for west London’s Gate Theatre, comprising six new productions – four world premieres, two UK premieres – and a new “Manifesto for Our Future”.
Thornton Wilder’s writing in Our Town feels as fresh and innovative as it must have done in the 1930s and taking an early season risk on a less conventional play ultimately pays off.
An innovative take on the lesser-known Arthur Miller play The American Clock, bringing the Vaudeville elements to the fore – as startlingly relevant as it ever has been.
There’s much to delight in Sarah DeLappe’s punchy debut play, an American account of a group of teenage girl soccer players.
Go goats! New play about truth and lies in the Syrian conflict is upstaged by its animal performers.
There are many powerful metaphors for our way of life: a casino economy, the society of the spectacle, a modern Babylon. But there is plenty of room for another one, something strong, something memorable.