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14 February 2018

THE YORK REALIST opens at the Donmar Warehouse

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THE YORK REALIST opens at the Donmar Warehouse

THE YORK REALIST by Peter Gill and Directed by Robert Hastie, opened last night at the Donmar Warehouse. It has Sound Design by Emma Laxton. 

The Evening Standard ★★★★★

“From this one kitchen comes a world of emotion.”

“nothing can match a production of exquisite naturalism. This is what director Robert Hastie lays lovingly before us in this rich, detailed and atmospheric revival”

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/theatre/the-york-realist-review-exquisite-naturalism-brings-a-world-of-emotion-a3766136.html 

The Arts Desk ★★★★★

“the Welsh playwright-director has rarely been better served than by this emotional stealth bomb of a revival”

“piercing sensitivity and lingering power.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/york-realist-donmar-warehouse-review-miniaturist-masterpiece

The Guardian ★★★★

“unforgettably showing how, in England, class both was, and probably always will be, a dividing factor”

“excellent revival of Gill’s 2001 play about class, sex and divided loyalties brings out its poetry”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/feb/14/york-realist-review-donmar-warehouse-london

Timeout ★★★★

“subtle exploration of place and class”

“the stifling power of their closeness still bites”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/the-york-realist

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“an overwhelmingly moving revival of a play that forms a great tribute to Gill's profound writing”

“an overwhelming sense of the transformative power of art”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/the-york-realist-donmar-warehouse-robert-hastie_45782.html?cid=homepage_news

The Stage ★★★★

“a masterpiece of subtext”

“the play’s many silences are taut, full of pregnant promise that the 1960s would be a decade of social change, and retrospective bitterness at how far we’ve got to go.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/york-realist-review-donmar-warehouse-london/

 

 

 
30 January 2018

Tom Piper is Designer on OPEN HOUSE at the Print Room

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Tom Piper is Designer on OPEN HOUSE at the Print Room

Following a run at Ustinov Theatre, Bath, Will Eno’s dark family comedy opens at the Print Room in Notting hill, directed by Michael Boyd.

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“Tom Piper’s bleak and anaemic set comes to life as acts and words of benevolence uncover colour and goodness”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-open-house-print-room-at-the-coronet-notting-hill-gate-london/

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“The curtains are pulled back and daylight streams in, wallpaper is stripped and colour is added to Tom Piper's deliberately muted set. A home is as interchangeable as the family who occupy it, what once felt suffocatingly bleak soon becomes a place full of possibility.” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/bath-theatre/reviews/open-house-ustinov-studio-will-eno_45249.html

The Stage 

“Tom Piper’s set design has the family suffocating in 1950 shades of beige suburbia. The attention to detail is superb, with wooden bowls of potpourri, an over-filled coat rail and an entire hidden cupboard of childhood memorabilia unexpectedly revealed.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/open-house-review-will-eno-ustinov-studio-bath/

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s design has a crystalline simplicity”

“The dramatic absurdity is so finely tuned, the writing so razor sharp, the pauses so perfectly timed that pleasure is inevitable”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/open-house-print-room-review-razor-wit-theatrical-brio

Financial Times ★★★★

https://www.ft.com/content/bd7a7a78-d5bb-11e7-8c9a-d9c0a5c8d5c9

 
29 January 2018

THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarell Alvin McCraney opens at the Young Vic Theatre

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THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarell Alvin McCraney opens at the Young Vic Theatre

THE BROTHERS SIZE, by Tarell Alvin McCraney opened on Friday 26th January at the Young Vic Theatre. This is the 3rd time this production has been presented at the Young Vic, and is directed by Bijan Sheibani in a co-production with the Actor’s Touring Company. 

The Guardian ★★★★★

“a production as magical and mysterious as its Yoruba mythology-soaked script”

“McCraney’s 90-minute script for his story, part-parable, about reunion and separation, fizzes and snaps… the language treads the lines between poetry and prose, comedy and drama.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jan/28/brothers-size-review-young-vic-sheibani-alvin-mccraney-brotherhood-dirisu-ajayi 

The Financial Times ★★★★★

“a joyous example of theatre at its most simple and evocative”

“taut, compassionate fable of fraternal love”

https://www.ft.com/content/357b4f28-04ee-11e8-9650-9c0ad2d7c5b5

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“writing so taut and intense that it picks you up at the beginning and doesn't let you down until its end”

“It's a haunting, poetic and beautiful piece which speaks universally about oppression, love, family and freedom.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/the-brothers-size-young-vic-tarell-alvin-mccraney_45641.html?cid=homepage_news

BroadwayWorld ★★★★★

“His writing is ritualistic, oozing with culture, and contains within it an absolute truth. Is it verse? Is it prose? I'm not sure, however its curious composition is nothing short of satisfying.”

“Feeling constantly alive… joyful, harrowing and humorous. It's a story of connection and co-dependency… a thrilling theatrical experience.”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-THE-BROTHERS-SIZE-Young-Vic-20180128

The Times ★★★★

“this one-of-a-kind debut makes a bewitching return”

“Oh, though, the feeling for kinship in the writing; for the need to be free and the need to be anchored.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-brothers-size-at-the-young-vic-se1-385f6nfj2

The Independent ★★★★

"incredibly stylish and wonderful to watch"

"a fine example of ability to put the best young talent centre stage"

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-brothers-size-young-vic-review-tarell-alvin-mccraney-moonlight-oscar-a8186871.html

Time Out ★★★★

“McCraney’s spare, ritual-tinged play, the emotions feel huge: operatic, primal, enormous.”

“It is a play about black manhood, seuxality, racism, the US justice system, and the ties that bind. And it’s channelled through an immaculately stylised aesthetic – McCraney’s vision – which mixes Yoruba-inspired movement and Brechtian deconstruction to create something strikingly reminiscent of Greek tragedy at its most visceral.”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/the-brothers-size-review 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“combines urgently rhythmic dialogue with the lingering strangeness of a dream.”

“McCraney writes sensitively about the rituals of male friendship and the lasting stigma of incarceration.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/theatre/the-brothers-size-review-dreamlike-tale-of-divided-loyalties-a3751871.html 

The Stage ★★★★

“This returning production allows for a renewed appreciation of the richness of his writing and the elegant economy of his storytelling”

“tenderness flows through McCraney’s play. It’s a wonderfully warm piece of writing, full to the brim with love and the pain that comes with love, brotherly love and love between brothers.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/brothers-size-review-young-vic-london/

 

 

 
25 January 2018

Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY comes to Broadway

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Tarell Alvin McCraney's CHOIR BOY comes to Broadway

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s CHOIR BOY will feature in Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2018-19 Broadway Season. CHOIR BOY will be directed by Trip Cullman and represents Tarell’s Broadway debut. It opens December 27th, ahead of a January 22nd Press Night. 

The debut production was directed by Dominic Cooke at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, and then transferred to the Manhattan Theatre Club Studio in 2013. 

CHOUR BOY centres on the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, which for a half a century has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the school's legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?

 
19 January 2018

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY opens in the West End

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THE BIRTHDAY PARTY opens in the West End

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, by Harold Pinter, opened in the West End on Thursday January 18th, in a production directed by Ian Rickson. It had Sound Design by Simon Baker and Movement Direction by Imogen Knight.

 

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“superlative production”

“There have been some fantastic West End Pinter revivals over the past few years, but… we’ve never had it so good.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/fantastic-revival-darkly-comic-masterpiece-birthday-party/

 

The Times ★★★★

“couldn’t have wished for a better revival than this”

“an extravaganza of talent”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-the-birthday-party-harold-pinter-theatre-sw1-vpxkgrx98

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“constantly surprises”

“observations of human nature as gripping and relevant as ever.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/the-birthday-party-harold-pinter-theatre_45565.html

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“a production that does rich justice to this strange, elusive play”

“packed with illuminating detail”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jan/18/the-birthday-party-review-harold-pinter-jones-wanamaker-mangan-mackie

 

Broadway World ★★★★

“beautifully measured, allowing the absurdities, contradictions and creeping dread to arise naturally”

“a terrifically entertaining and oddly moving piece of theatre”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-THE-BIRTHDAY-PARTY-Harold-Pinter-Theatre-20180119