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Reviews

Marina Abramović: Gates and Portals, Modern Art Oxford and Pitt Rivers Museum review - transcendence lite

Sarah Kent

I have powerful memories of performances by Marina Abramović. Back in 1977 at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, she and her then partner Ulay stood either side of a doorway, facing one another. There was only enough room to squeeze through sideways and, since both were naked, choosing whom to face was an interesting challenge.

The Big Moon, Oran Mor, Glasgow review - partying prevails despite band's bad luck

Jonathan Geddes

Presumably before setting out on their current tour the Big Moon smashed a few mirrors, walked under some ladders and crossed the paths of numerous black cats. Not only is this jaunt over two years in the making, endlessly postponed for the usual coronavirus reasons, but the foursome also lost most of their equipment in Spain just prior to hitting the road.

Gurrelieder, LPO, Gardner, RFH review -...

David Nice

Schoenberg’s “Song of the Wood Dove” takes up a mere 11 of the 100 minutes of his epic Gurrelieder, though it’s a crucial narrative of how King...

Music Reissues Weekly: Bill Nelson's Red...

Kieron Tyler

The British music weeklies were clear about where the Sound-On-Sound LP and its singles fitted into the current musical topography when they were...

Am I Being Unreasonable?, BBC One review - comedy...

Veronica Lee

In case you're not au fait with Mumsnet, the title of Daisy May Cooper's follow-up creation to the stupendous This Country is a nod to the parenting...

The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - wild trip gets a welcome revival

Gary Naylor

A woman confronts her neuroses in a phantasmagorical world full of fun and fear

Juniper review - a classic role for Charlotte Rampling

Sebastian Scotney

A grandmother in New Zealand faces up to death, a grandson to life

Don’t Worry Darling review - dystopian thriller dries up in the desert

Demetrios Matheou

The fabulous Florence Pugh can't rescue Olivia Wilde's disappointing sophomore effort

Silent Land review - an inconvenient death mars their holiday

Graham Fuller

Tense drama about Polish vacationers who forgot to pack moral responsibility

Clutch, Bush Theatre review - new comedy-drama passes its test

Gary Naylor

After a strong start, newly commissioned play takes a wrong exit from the roundabout

Crossfire, BBC One review - pacy and nail-biting, the holiday from hell

Helen Hawkins

Keeley Hawes gets caught up in a tense but heartless thriller

Leonskaja, Staatskapelle Streichquartett, Wigmore Hall review - Brahms the chameleon

David Nice

Every quick-change nuance in the first two Piano Quartets transcendentally realised

Winslow Homer: Force of Nature, National Gallery review - dump the symbolism and enjoy the drama

Sarah Kent

Hot topics like slavery and colonialism given the ambiguous treatment

Bloody Oranges review - a gruesome and gruelling French social satire

Sebastian Scotney

Jean-Christophe Meurisse's grisly comedy overplays its hand

Dunedin Consort, Butt, Lammermuir Festival review - majestic Mozart at St Mary’s Haddington

Simon Thompson

Star sopranos steal the show in a C Minor Mass of magisterial power

Bright Half Life, Kings Head Theatre review - ups and downs of a tender lesbian love affair

Helen Hawkins

Tanya Barfield reconstructs a simple plot as an absorbing puzzle

Music Reissues Weekly: The Best of Roxy Music

Kieron Tyler

What was on CD two decades ago reappears on vinyl

Funny Pages review - comic-book confidential

Nick Hasted

Safdies associate's queasily comic study of a teenage cartoonist

The Makropulos Affair, Welsh National Opera review - complexity realised brilliantly on the stage

Stephen Walsh

Janáček’s collisions spark an evening of powerful conflict

Handbagged, Kiln Theatre review - triumphant revival of Moira Buffini's comedy

Helen Hawkins

Mrs Thatcher and Elizabeth II slug it out again in this 2013 classic

The P Word, Bush Theatre review - persecution and pride

Aleks Sierz

Two-hander about a contrasting pair of gay Pakistanis is beautifully wrought

The Snail House, Hampstead Theatre - perplexing new drama that lacks bite

Rachel Halliburton

The central character is put in the dock but has ample evidence to get out

Rob Rouse, Rewind the Fringe review - unstructured but gleeful fun

Veronica Lee

From fart gags to gendered language

The Two Popes, Rose Theatre review - sparkling with wit and pathos

Gary Naylor

Funny, poignant and stimulating, a delightfully welcome piece of intellectual escapism

Carolee Schneeman: Body Politics, Barbican review - challenging, in-your-face and messy

Sarah Kent

By putting herself in the picture, especially nude, Schneeman upset almost everyone

Antigone, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - Sophocles rewritten with purpose and panache

Heather Neill

Inua Ellams adds contemporary political thrust to a well-loved classic

Crimes of the Future review - Cronenberg looks back

Nick Hasted

A return to body horror basics gives grisly déjà-vu, but few shocks

The Clinic, Almeida Theatre review - race and the status quo

Helen Hawkins

Dipo Baruwa-Etti pits a fiery outsider activist against the British-Nigerian middle-class

The Capture, Series 2 finale, BBC One review - gripping ride to a barnstorming conclusion

Helen Hawkins

But could the AI drama have been more chilling if less intent on being thrilling?

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