Hugh Simpson

The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer

★★★★☆   What larks:
For careful execution and straightforward fun, it is difficult to imagine many recent productions of Gilbert and Sullivan have beaten Cat-Like Tread’s The Sorcerer at Paradise in Augustines.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Any Suggestions, Doctor?

Any Suggestions, Doctor?

★★★☆☆  Sweetly funny:
Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure In Space And Time, the Doctor Who-based improvised comedy from the Any Suggestions Improv, has a wide appeal for Whovians and others.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Out Of The Bad

Out Of The Bad

★★★★☆   Comes good:
Out of the Bad, by Fair Pley at the New Town Theatre, is a warm and politically informed production distinguished by outstanding performances.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sunshine At The Rose

Sunshine At The Rose

★★★☆☆  Showstopper overload:
Sunshine At The Rose, a collection of songs from musical theatre featuring some of Captivate’s most accomplished performers, is a spirited and melodic entertainment that shows you can have too much of a good thing.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

★★★☆☆  Stately:
There is a comic and political bite to the Edinburgh Makars’ Neighbourhood Watch that gives it as much impact as other Alan Ayckbourn productions of twice the length and many times the budget.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Enterprise

Enterprise

★★★★☆   Entertaining:
Enterprise, Americana Absurdum Productions’ inventive comedy at Assembly George Square, is an original and funny experience.

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nothing

Nothing

★★★☆☆    Teenage nihilism:
One of the glories of the Fringe is how natural it seems to come across a two-handed adaptation of a Young Adult novel about nihilism by a Danish company. While Nothing at Summerhall is largely as intriguing as that sounds, the production does not quite impress as much as it could.

August 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bonnie Fechters

Bonnie Fechters

★★★☆☆  Gallus
Bonnie Fechters – Songs of Hope and Resistance – a one-woman show devised, directed and performed by Morna Burdon at the Scottish Storytelling Centre – has a friendly and inclusive feel that at times belies the bite of its content.

August 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elegy For An Echo

Elegy For An Echo

★★☆☆☆     Lacking resonance:
Elegy For An Echo – Gin and Chronic’s production at the Space at Jury’s Inn – promises much, but fails to deliver.

August 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doglife

Doglife

✭✭✭✭✩ Raw:
Stark truths not often portrayed on stage give Doglife at Summerhall a compelling quality, even if the result could never be called attractive.

August 20, 2017 | By | Reply More