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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Foley has injected the odd contemporary quip about proroguing parliament, Brexit and capitalism which landed well with the audience. Stephen-Mangan in The Man in the White Suit. Photo: Nobby Clark The woman sat behind me at Wyndham's Theatre for The Man In The White Suit, last night, had a very... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It is a play about lessons and devastating loss, about how you can't dance around injustice and its impact. Athol Fugard's semi-autobiographical play is set in a tea room in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1950. It is a wet afternoon - rain patters on a skylight - and Willie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Peter Nichol's 1967 comedy A Day In The Death of Joe Egg demonstrate both how far we've come in our treatment of and attitudes towards disability but equally how the moral dilemmas and struggles remain. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg - (L-R) Lucy Eaton, Claire Skinner, Storme... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Having a character suggest the audience might not want to come back is always a risk. Putin felt like characature.
Completely agree about the accents being confusing. It took me about 30 minutes to work out what they were doing. And the Russian accent does have a tendancy to sound 'compare the Meercat' anyway. You are right about the musical numbers and the actors dropping out of character. It had some bits that were cracking, it just wasn't the sum of its parts.
it is such a shame because it is a really interesting topic.
Curate's egg is a good description. I found the accents confusing until about 30 minutes in when I twigged what they were doing. Completely agree that it felt like it was trying too hard. It seems to have got a mixture of 3-5 stars so definitely a play people can't agree on. Didn't realise Enron hadn't done so well on Broadway. Thanks for that.
Thanks you! Have corrected. No idea why I typed Sarah, especially as I doubled checked all the captions were Louisa not Louise.
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Caryl Churchill's new work is a series of four plays linked thematically by their examination of human narrative and understanding of violence through storytelling and myths. Rebekah Murrell in Glass (Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp) Royal Court. Photo Johan Persson. The plays which get increasingly longer as the evening progressing start... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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This is something good to look forward to in the dark days of January and February next year, Stan-fav Richard Armitage and Toby Jones are taking to the stage. Uncle Vanya with Toby Jones and Richard Armitage © Muse Creative Communications. Photo by Seamus Ryan They will appear in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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There is always a danger when you transport classic plays to a contemporary setting that the difference in society's attitude destroys the tension of the original. Ibsen's original Hedda Gabler is a young woman, newly married who sees no future, trapped into a life in which she sees little purpose.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Lesley Storm's 1949 play is part family drama, part exploration of mental health but to a contemporary audience, the notion of what was then labelled an 'emotional disturbance' is no doubt quite different. Abigail Cruttenden in Black Chiffon, Park Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet It makes me wonder how audiences... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Priority booking opened today for James McAvoy's next stage outing and the first of Jamie Lloyd's new season - Cyrano de Bergerac. Good news is that there are thousands of tickets for first-time theatre visitors, key workers and under 30s. Bad news if you don't fall into either of those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The man behind the camera, Simon Annand Photographer Simon Annand has spent decades capturing actors backstage at the theatre in the half-hour before curtain up. His collection of photos, published in a book THE HALF, are now on display at an exhibition at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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In the confined space of the boxing ring and armed with just a couple of low bar stools Calvert and Quinn make the dialogue a dynamic sparring match. Jade City: Barry Calvert and Brendan Quinn. Photo: Ali Wright Alice Malseed's play starts with Monty (Barry Calvert) and Sas (Brendan Quinn)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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"I can’t begin to describe everything I’ve learnt from some incredible directors. Their passion and dedication is perhaps the most immediate thing that comes to mind." Harry Mackrill Director Harry Mackrill lastest work is World’s End, the debut play from upcoming writer James Corley at The King's Head Theatre and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Simon Woods' debut play Hansard, a political drama, is set in 1988 but feels like it was written for now. Certainly watching it on the day Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he was going to prorogue Parliament added an extra frisson of meaning to some of the lines. Set in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I haven't felt this conflicted about a play for a long time. Lucy Prebble's' new work is based on a book by Luke Harding about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. The play opens with Marina Litvinenko (MyAnna Buring) talking to a lawyer about getting justice for her husband in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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An Octoroon was the first play of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins I saw and it blew me away. He has such an imaginative and bold approach to difficult themes I rushed to get tickets to another of his plays, Gloria, at Hampstead Theatre. Again I wasn't disappointed. So I had great expectations... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Robert Icke has certainly made his mark while associate director at the Almeida. Highs include Hamlet with Andrew Scott and Oresteia with Lia Williams although there was also Mr Burns. He leaves the Almeida with a challenging piece, his adaptation of the early 20th Century play Professor Bernhardi by Arthur... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The women of Tennessee Williams' play The Night of the Iguana were in many senses ahead of their time. Based on Williams' 1948 short story and set in 1940s Mexico, the play's central character Rev Lawrence Shannon (Clive Owen) is enveloped in a scandal. On an official break from his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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"If he knew I'd seen you, he'd kill me and worse" What could be worse than being killed? For Joanne, the victim of child sex grooming gang you don't want to imagine but delivered in such a throwaway manner its potency is subtle. Jane Upton's play, All The Little Lights... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Is saying 'actually', the same as saying 'no'? This is a question posed very early on in Anna Ziegler's play about two students whose drunken date night ends up in a rape accusation. Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda in Actually at Trafalgar Studios 2 It is the first term at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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For a long time, I've paid an annual fee to be part of various London theatres 'friends' schemes but over the past 12 months, I've been assessing their value. Ultimately they are a way for theatres to raise extra money but I already buy a lot of tickets so the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Harriet Madeley's The Colours is a verbatim play based on interviews with people with life-limiting illnesses and those working in palliative care. Morfydd Clark and Mark Knightley in The Colours: Photo: Hannah Anketell While researching the play, Madeley herself was diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting illness but rather than fraught... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog