2.0★ ★
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Aristocrats

Early in Lyndsey Turner’s production of Brian Friel’s Aristocrats, jaded brother-in-law Eamon (Emmet Kirwan) describes Ballybeg Hall, a run-down Irish...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Utility

George Orwell begins his essay "My Country Right or Left" by stating, "Contrary to popular belief, the past was not more eventful than the present." H...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★
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The Grönholm Method

In high school, a friend of mine had a job interview during which she called her potential supervisor “Dad.” Then panic-giggled when the interviewers ...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Absolute Hell

Late in Joe Hill-Gibbins’s National Theatre production of Rodney Ackland’s Absolute Hell, a guest at the La Vie en Rose club in Soho waves a gun above...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★
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The Great Wave

Indhu Rubasingham’s production of Francis Turnly’s The Great Wave washes ashore in London at an interesting moment. In a global political climate in w...
Version 2.0 Leicester Square Theatre, London (c) Peter Barsony
2.0★ ★
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Version 2.0

Keats wrote that the poet is the most unpoetical of any thing in existence; he or she inhabits many lives but is without native identity. To build a p...
Long Day's Journey Into Night. Photograph Hugo Glendinning
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Long Day’s Journey into Night

I tend to give marathoners a bit of leeway. It’s difficult to begrudge runners a few wobbles in a race that would kill most of us, especially when it’...