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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Arthur Miller's Depression-era drama The American Clock isn't revived very often - is it unfairly overlooked? There is a sort of central narrative following the once wealthy Baum family, who lose everything in the Great Depression and are forced to give up their Manhatten apartment and move in with relatives... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Despite committed performances by Blanchett and Dillane, there is something cold and mechanical to what is going on. Cate Blanchett is clever casting for Martin Crimp's new play When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre because without her I very much doubt it would have sold... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Anouilh's humour doesn't ignite as well as it probably should but The Orchestra is otherwise an interesting snapshot of a period of social history that is often overlooked. Stefania Licari (Suzanne Delicias). Photo: Jacob Malinski Set just after WWII, Jean Anouilh's black comedy The Orchestra is set in a French... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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She may be in a distinctly chilly New York but that didn't stop @polyg spotting the announcement that one of my favourite actors, Clive Owen, is taking to the West End stage in the Summer. His last stage outing pre-dates my obsession with theatre but I've been a huge fan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Cost of Living is a refreshingly bold play, it presents disability in a matter of fact way focusing on relationships while challenging inhibitions Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living focuses on two carers and the people they care for. Eddie (Adrian Lester) is looking after his soon to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The performances ooze with sexual tension and sensuousness; the backdrop is an atmosphere of isolation and threat and it is this combination which elevates Kompromat above your average spy thriller. Guy Warren-Thomas and Max Rinehart in Kompromat. VAULT Festival. Photo: Mark Senior The 2010 'spy in the bag' murder is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Director Kristine Landon-Smith Jean Anouilh’s play The Orchestra tells the story of a third-rate orchestra in France just after the second world war and it is a play that made a big impression on director Kristine Landon-Smith. "I had never seen anything quite like it: a play set in France... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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National Theatre content advisory warning If a play is called 'When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other' you expect there to be some uncomfortable moments. But apparently Martin Crimp's play, which is in preview at the National Theatre, is so explicit a woman in the audience fainted during a performance.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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"Theatre should challenge, should open your eyes to the nooks and crannies of life you wouldn't see otherwise." Peter Darney studied drama at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has acting, writing and directing credits to his name including the international fringe hit 5 Guys Chillin’. He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A Bodin Saphir's play, directed by Kate Fahy, is an engaging look at the nature of truth and whether it is merely a matter of perspective or personal belief. David Bamber & Neil McCaul (L-R) in Rosenbaum's Rescue at Park Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet. Set in 2001, Rosenbaum's Rescue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Gillian Anderson and Julian Ovenden in rehearsal for All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre. Photography by Jan Versweyveld Rehearsal photos and day seat information have been released for Ivo Van Hove's All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre. Opening for preview on Feb 2 and starring Gillian Anderson and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Last year saw the #metoo movement explode and finally expose the appalling behaviour women can experience, was Pinter ahead of the curve? Pinter Six of the Pinter at the Pinter season is the first that I can say I quite enjoyed but it didn't stop a nagging question I've had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Are the daughters victims of a controlling father whose success has brainwashed them into loyalty or complicit in his behaviour by helping protect him over the years? Natasha Cowley in Anomaly Old Red Lion Theatre (Courtesy of Headshot Toby) Liv Warden’s play Anomaly, inspired by the Weinstein scandal, focuses on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Photo by Rob Laughter on Unsplash You know when you get appraised at work and scored on your performance? Well, I've done the same for the theatres Poly and I have 'friends' memberships for. Essentially these schemes are ways of theatres raising money and in return, you get perks like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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[Fiona] Laird brilliantly brings to life the Elizabethan bawdy humour, mixed with 70's 'ooh er missus' and a good sprinkling of contemporary references for good measure. © RSC's Merry Wives of Windsor: David Troughton and Beth Cordingly. Photo Manuel Harlan Being my first time seeing Merry Wives of Windsor, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Starting off 2019 with plenty of theatre in the diary, these are the nine plays I'm particularly looking forward to seeing (in date order): Kompromat, Vault Festival (23-27 Jan) What the website says: Inspired by the still-unsolved 2010 murder of GCHQ agent Gareth Williams, Kompromat is a tense drama of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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110+ plays and my first visit to the Edinburgh Fringe (15 plays in 6 days), 2018 was quite a year... Magic and memorable moments: Patsy Ferran in My Mum's A Twat, Royal Court. Photo: Helen Murray. Feeling part of the set: Sitting on a bean bag on the carpet in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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So I've published my favourite fringe plays list and my least favourite plays list, time now for my best plays of 2018 overall, gleaned from everything I've seen - large productions and small, commercial theatres, subsidised and fringe: via GIPHY Misty, Trafalgar Studios A play which put the pulse back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Not all the plays I see are brilliant. Some are 'OK' and easily forgotten but then there are those that haunt but not in a good way. Seeing 100+ shows a year it's inevitable that some will disappoint and these are the ones that did just that in 2018. 1.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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2018 was my first year at the Edinburgh Fringe which produced a bumper crop of excellent plays (look out for transfer details) but London has delivered some gems too. Out of the 50-odd fringe plays there are 10 that really stand out but what strikes me most when revisiting them... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Circus 1903 is a joyous show it brings wonder, thrills and humour back to the circus. Circus 1903, Royal Festival Hall. Photo Manuel Harlan Circus 1903 is a journey back in time to the huge travelling shows of early 20th century America which unearths new levels of thrills and entertainment.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A theatre announces that a classic male role will be played by a woman and gets a plethora of headlines as a result. While giving a woman a meaty, lead role is something to be applauded, it exposes the shortcomings in onstage equality in theatre-land. Gender swapping characters isn't fresh,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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There is slow growing tension and tense personal drama in Sweat but it is also inconspicuously provocative. Seven years ago, playwright Lynn Nottage started spending time in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest towns in America and wrote Sweat based on her experiences there. Set among a group of factory... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The returns is definitely an issue and a worthwhile perk. The NT has a really good system especially as they allow you to use your credits when booking online. The Barbican you have to phone up to use them which can be a bit of a faff - but at least they do allow you to return. I think there are other persk such as the rehearsals and understudy runs as you experienced that could be offered to regulars. I went to an understudy run of The Cripple of Inishmaan. It was friends and family only but fortunately I knew one of the understudies so wangled and invite. It is a brilliant experience as you say. I thought Daniel Radcliffe was superb in the lead role but didn't realise quite how distracting his 'star status' was until seeing it performed by the relatively unknown understudy - who was also really good.
Yes I think with members losing out they definitely won't be able to make a habit of it. I share the membership with a friend so technically its not in my name but at least one of us made it into the ballot. I'm sure with digital records it wouldn't be that difficult to see who was the equivalent of a 'frequent flyer' at a particular theatre.