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Cadaver Synod

Cadaver Synod

★★★☆☆    Gore of yore:

Cadaver Synod is an engaging historical comedy-horror from RFT at the Sweet Grassmarket that crosses boundaries of genre and taste with equal relish.

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Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

★★★★☆    Quietly compelling:

Dispatches on the Red Dress by Rowan Rheingans at the Storytelling Centre, is one of the increasing number of productions coming from the folk scene that meld theatre, storytelling and music; it can certainly hold its head up with the best of those.

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The Collection of Professor Novak

The Collection of Professor Novak

★★★☆☆    Old-fashioned:

The Collection of Professor Novak, an understated combination of storytelling and trickery upstairs at the Outhouse, charms almost despite itself.

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Krapp’s Last Tape

Krapp’s Last Tape

★★★★☆  Authentic Krapp:

Wistful and careful, Arkle’s production of Krapp’s Last Tape brings out the humanity in Beckett’s masterpiece. Often seen as a forbidding play, there is nothing remotely inaccessible about this.

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She Can’t Half Talk

She Can’t Half Talk

★★☆☆☆    Unconvincing lives:

She Can’t Half Talk, EUTC’s Fringe production at the Bedlam, is a varied set of stories that contains much of promise but fails to convince as a coherent whole.

August 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
At the Book Festival

At the Book Festival

Theatrical life in Charlotte Square:

The Edinburgh international Book Festival continues to provide a commitment to theatrical elements as well as the customary squelchy grass and ice-cream cones.

August 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Perfect Wedding

Perfect Wedding

★★★★★    Practically perfect:

Perfect Wedding, the Edinburgh Makars’ production at the Royal Scots, is an object lesson in how to put on a farce.

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Bull

Bull

★★★★☆  Vicious:

Arbery Productions manage to find the dark heart of Mike Bartlett’s Bull at theSpace @ Niddry Street, in a production of skill and pace.

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(Can This Be) Home

(Can This Be) Home

★★★☆☆    Uneasy construction:

(Can This Be) Home, Brite Theater’s production at the Storytelling Centre, is an emotive piece, stating important truths but not always cohering.

August 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Resurrecting Bobby Awl

Resurrecting Bobby Awl

★★★★☆  Accessible complexity:

Resurrecting Bobby Awl, from Avalon and BBC Arts at Summerhall, shines a light on to a forgotten corner of Edinburgh with grace and economy.

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