Hugh Simpson

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

★★★☆☆ Curiouser and curiouser:

While it is difficult to go too far wrong with Alice In Wonderland, it can definitely be done. Blue Raincoat Theatre’s version uses enough of the book to satisfy, but its own slant on the story does not quite convince.

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It Runs In The Family

It Runs In The Family

★★★★☆ Like a hurricane:

There are breezy comedies – and then there is Edinburgh People’s Theatre’s It Runs In The Family, which soon reaches gale force and stays there.

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The Duchess [of Malfi]

The Duchess [of Malfi]

★★★★☆  Necessarily nightmarish:

The blood-soaked events of The Duchess [of Malfi], a co-production between the Lyceum and the Citizens Theatre, are almost unwatchably intense at times. As a depiction of timeless and timely considerations, however, this production is hard to beat.

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Lost At Sea

Lost At Sea

★★★★☆ Poignant:

Perth Theatre’s production of Lost At Sea, at the King’s until Wednesday, is emotional, humane and beautifully staged.

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

★★★☆☆    Spectacular:

There are plenty of laughs to be had in the touring Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the King’s. There are also a couple of gasp-inducing coups de theatre.

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The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch

★★★★☆    Magical:

The joy and energy that low-budget children’s theatre often possesses can sometimes be dissipated when a comparatively large budget comes in, with a corresponding desire to please larger audiences. This is emphatically not the case with the touring production of The Worst Witch, which is high-octane, clever and extremely enjoyable.

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Fondly Remembered

Fondly Remembered

★★★★☆    Involving:

Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ Fondly Remembered, at St Ninian’s until Saturday, is a production of considerable charm and emotional truth.

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Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk

★★★★☆ Troubling:

Deeply worrying and fascinatingly constructed, Locker Room Talk’s return to the Traverse is intriguing in theatrical terms and thoroughly unwelcome in what it reminds us about the world we inhabit.

April 24, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of

★★★★★ Joyous:

Bursting with emotion and tuneful energy, the return to the Traverse of What Girls Are Made Of is a thing of wonder.

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Abigail’s Party

Abigail’s Party

★★★☆☆ Glossy:

There are plenty of laughs to be had in the production of Abigail’s Party which finishes an extensive UK tour this week at the King’s. Not surprisingly, many of them are laughs of embarrassment.

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