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The Scent of Roses

The Scent of Roses

★★★☆☆ Lacks urgency

The Scent of Roses, from writer-director Zinnie Harris at the Lyceum, features a top-notch cast and dialogue that often rings true regarding how self-delusion and self-evasion wreck our relationships with each other and the world around us. However, the production as a whole never truly ignites

March 10, 2022 | By | Reply More
PPP: Ten Things To Do Before You Die

PPP: Ten Things To Do Before You Die

★★★☆☆ Poignant performances

There is much to recommend in Dani Heron’s Ten Things To Do Before You Die, the latest Play, Pie and a Pint at the Traverse. Both humorous and emotional, the production manages to overcome drawbacks in its script.

March 8, 2022 | By | Reply More
PPP: Oscar

PPP: Oscar

★★★★☆ Perfectly formed

A funny, touching and tremendously acted musical, Oscar by Brian James O’Sullivan heralds the welcome return of Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint to the Traverse.

March 2, 2022 | By | Reply More
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Live at Leith Theatre

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Live at Leith Theatre

★★★☆☆  Mixed bag

There is much to recommend in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Live at Leith Theatre, which is due to be live-streamed into cinemas on Sunday 27 with as-live screenings on March 6.

February 26, 2022 | By | Reply More
The Dresser

The Dresser

★★★☆☆ Sterling performances

That The Dresser, a play dealing with that old cliché that ‘the show must go on’ should lose one of its two stars on opening night in Edinburgh is oddly fitting, if unfortunate.

February 16, 2022 | By | Reply More
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

★★★★☆ Visually arresting

The touring production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the King’s is a real spectacle, reproducing the source material faithfully and showing considerable invention.

February 9, 2022 | By | Reply More
prism

prism

★★★☆☆ Intriguing

prism, Production Lines’ latest venture into live, interactive online theatre, is very much a curate’s egg. Much of it is interesting and well played, but other parts are less well realised.

February 3, 2022 | By | Reply More
Legally Blonde – The Musical

Legally Blonde – The Musical

★★★★☆ Sugar rush

Radiating the sheer enjoyment of being back in a theatre, Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s production of Legally Blonde-The Musical is huge in scale, excellently put together, and full of sugary goodness.

January 26, 2022 | By | Reply More
WILF

WILF

★★★☆☆ Encouragingly filthy

There is a pleasingly unruly feel to James Ley’s new play WILF, this year’s seasonably unseasonal offering from the Traverse. Full of heart, not to mention dialogue that would have given the Lord Chamberlain palpitations, it overcomes structural difficulties to produce a successful whole.

December 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

★★★★☆   Touchingly funny

Christmas Dinner may be something of a stopgap as this year’s Lyceum show, but it proves a success in its own right. Amusing, energetic, and wearing its considerable profundity lightly, it should appeal to the widest possible audience.

December 10, 2021 | By | Reply More