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Theatre Reviews

Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2017 reviews round-up

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Wondering what on earth to choose between as you tramp the streets of the festival? These are our highlights so far.

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Athenu Kugblenu, Underbelly Med Quad ★★★ Strong debut hour of political and identity comedy

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Against, Almeida Theatre review - Ben Whishaw is a modern-day Jesus

aleks Sierz

Luke is a Silicon Valley billionaire, a high-tech wizard. And he’s just had a message from God. And what does God say? Well, He says, “Go where there’s violence.” So what does Luke do? He does what he’s been told, and devotes his considerable intellect and his even more considerable resources to solving the problem of violence in our society.

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Edinburgh Festival 2017 reviews: Meet Me at Dawn / The Shape of the Pain / Wild Bore

David Kettle

 

Meet Me at Dawn ★★★★

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King Lear, Shakespeare's Globe - Nancy Meckler's Globe debut is unusually subdued

alexandra Coghlan

Every play is a Brexit play. This much we have learnt in the year since the referendum. But in Nancy Meckler’s hands the Globe’s new King Lear becomes the Brexit play – an unpicking of intergenerational responsibility and difference, of philosophies of power and governance, tackling above all that sticky question of what the old really owe the young.

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The Majority, National Theatre review – a minority interest

aleks Sierz

A new plague is sweeping British theatre: audience participation.

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Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Pike St / Box Clever / Sugar Baby

David Kettle


Pike St ★★★★

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Edinburgh Festival 2017 review: The Divide

David Kettle

A society that segregates men and women, prescribes what women can learn, read, wear, even which words they can say. A society willing to sacrifice its own people to maintain its repressive theocratic orthodoxy. Sound familiar?

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Proms 34 & 35 review: Oklahoma!, John Wilson Orchestra - music triumphs, words and drama suffer

david Nice

Only one thing could equal the "wow!" factor of seeing and hearing a youngish Hugh Jackman launch into “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’“ at the start of the National Theatre’s 1998 staging of Oklahoma!: John Wilson and his orchestra trilling and swooning their perfectly-balanced way through the Overture at the Proms...

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Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Adam / Eve / Nassim

David Kettle

Eve ★★★★

Transgender issues are high on the agenda at this year’s Fringe, with the energetic Testosterone at the Pleasance and the breezy You’ve Changed from Northern Stage at Summerhall among the stand-outs.

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Edinburgh Festival 2017 reviews: Rhinoceros / Flight

David Kettle

 

Rhinoceros ★★★★★

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