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Eavesdropping

You could sit in Starbucks and secretly record the conversation at the table next to you. The dialogue would by definition be realistic, but would the result necessarily make a great play? No, because a play ne...
3.0★ ★ ★

Love N Stuff

Midway upon the journey of our life/I found myself within a forest dark/For the straightforward pathway had been lost, runs the famous opening of Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. Tanika Gupta’s “Love N Stuff...
Sket, Park Theatre
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Sket

Monica Lewinsky recently wrote in the Guardian that the fame she achieved in the 90s has stuck to her “like tar”, and given what she’s famous for, she may now wish she’d chosen another metaphor. Fast fo...
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Americana in Concert

I came to this assuming “in concert” was just part of the title. In fact, “Americana” is the show, “in concert” indicating that we’re seeing a semi-staged version and the performers would sometime...
3.0★ ★ ★

Bar Mitzvah Boy

I once had a long chat with a female (and therefore Reform) rabbi about the central beliefs of Judaism. I remember learning a lot about different types of candles, and when and how each should be lit, but when ...
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Ben Hur

You might imagine any attempt to send up a biblical epic - especially one about a character who just happened to live at the same time as Christ - would inevitably be in the shadow of Life of Brian, but in trut...
3.0★ ★ ★

Dark Tourism

I must admit, I came to this expecting a savage indictment of sex tourism in the Far East. But no, the title is purely metaphorical, and if there are a number of recognisable characters in it, at least none of ...
3.0★ ★ ★

A Brimful of Asha

This past week has seen escalating tensions in the disputed territory of Kashmir. We’re very fortunate to have with us live via satellite both the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan. Mr Pri...
2.0★ ★

The Promise

Plenty is perhaps not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the Soviet Union in the 1940s and 50s, but Alexei Abruzov’s “The Promise” does have something of David Hare’s play of that name a...
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Flare Path

As Rattigan was to write six years later at the end of The Browning Version, “occasionally an anti-climax can be surprisingly effective”. The genius of Flare Path, his 1942 slow-burner about RAF bomber crew...