★★★★☆ Stand out:
Entertaining, splendidly on song and given a nicely modern twist, the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s Pirates of Penzance is a treat on many levels.
There is a real clarity of purpose about the Edinburgh University Shakespeare society’s production of King Lear, at the Pleasance Theatre all this week.
★★★★☆ Wildly macabre:
Halloween may be but a memory, but the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group proves that there’s still space for a little of the macabre in town.
✭✭✭✩✩ Sparkly in places:
Soaraway soloists and a sprinkling of modern references add much needed sparkle to Eusog’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers which elsewhere lacks emphasis both on stage and in the pit.
✭✭✭✭✩ Bold and punchy:
An engaging and dynamic production of Ragtime: The Musical from A Team Productions showcases Edinburgh’s fantastic amateur youth talent at the Pleasance Theatre this week.
✭✭✭✩✩ Fast-moving piece:
Notably well sung and rattling along at speed, EUSOG’s production of Chess, at the Pleasance all week, lacks assurance at times but is largely successful.
✭✭✭✩✩ Bristles with physicality
Roaring out onto the Pleasance Theatre’s specially constructed thrust stage, this is a Tempest which bristles with physicality and thrills knowingly with contemporary twists.
✭✭✭✩✩ Exuberantly immersive:
Sprightly and spirited, Eusog’s take on the musical version of Charles Dickens’ unfinished final novel immerses its audience in the show from before curtain up.
Crisp and even, Forth Children’s Theatre’s production of Seussical also finds the deeper points of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ musical based on the works of Dr Seuss.
Splendidly silly and tilting along at a merry rate, the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s production of Patience at the Pleasance has everything necessary to make it sparkle.