sat 15/12/2018

Theatre Reviews

The Convert, Young Vic review - Africa's electric cry for justice

aleks Sierz

Wow! First, the Black Panther team took cinema by storm; now, they have conquered theatre as well. Or, at least, two of them have. The Convert has been written by actor and playwright Danai Gurira (Okoye), and stars Letitia Wright (Shuri).

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The Cane, Royal Court review - hey teacher, leave them kids alone

aleks Sierz

Playwright Mark Ravenhill, who shot to fame in 1996 with his in-yer-face shocker Shopping and Fucking, has been more or less absent from our stages for about a decade. The last play of his that I saw at the Royal Court was the Cold-War fantasy Over There – that was in 2009.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Piccadilly Theatre review - back for a heart-tugging encore

Tim Cornwell

One emotional high point in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the much-lauded Simon Stephens adaptation that is back in our midst once more, comes when the teenage Christopher Boone is floated in the air as part of his dream of being an astronaut.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, RSC, Barbican review - panto Shakespeare

Tom Birchenough

For those of us who have never thought much before about links between pantomime and Shakespeare, Fiona Laird’s new Merry Wives offers a chance to see how the combination works.

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The Double Dealer, Orange Tree Theatre review - high spirits and low morals

Matt Wolf

It's been 40 years since The Double Dealer last had a major airing (indeed, perhaps any airing) in London, so on the basis of novelty value alone, the Orange Tree's end-of-year offering is worth our attention. But as always with Restoration comedy, Congreve's 1693 story of romantic skulduggery and misalliance poses a basic problem: how do you make sense of a byzantine plot characteristic of the genre?

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Aladdin, Hackney Empire review - Clive Rowe returns as the Dame

Veronica Lee

Susie McKenna and Steven Edis have been creating pantos for Hackney Empire for 20 years, and over that time its seasonal offering has become the theatre's signature event.

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Nine Night, Trafalgar Studios review - hilarity and heartbreak

Tom Birchenough

This is Natasha Gordon’s first play, and in it she has created an entire world. A world of grief and laughter, conflict and closeness.

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A Christmas Carol, Old Vic review - Dickens adaptation returns, depth and mince pies intact

Tim Cornwell

The Old Vic's revival of its successful Christmas Carol first seen this time last year had me at the mince pies: they were served before curtain up by a Bob Cratchit figure while we admired the shoal of Victorian lanterns lighting the way over a cross-shaped stage that cuts the audience into quarters.

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Doctor Faustus, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - female Faustus reaps rich rewards

Rachel Halliburton

What do you gain by casting Dr Faustus and Mephistopheles as women? In the programme for this often illuminating production, director Pauline Randall declares, “There’s always a rather intimidating, institutional question of ‘why’ when it comes to these decisions, and especially when it comes to handling a classical text.

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True West, Vaudeville Theatre review - sizzling take on seminal Sam Shepard

Matt Wolf

Don't be deceived by Kit Harington's matted, slicked-back hair that is immediately visible the minute the audience enters the boisterous West End revival of True West. By the time the director Matthew Dunster's production has roared to a close two hours later, pretty much nothing is still intact, its leading man's locks included.

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