Hugh Simpson

Prescription For Murder

Prescription For Murder

★★★☆☆ Pleasing:

Prescription For Murder, from the Edinburgh Makars at the Church Hill Theatre, is one of those odd English crime dramas that provide more reassurance than apprehension.

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PPP: Chic Murray: A Funny Place For A Window

PPP: Chic Murray: A Funny Place For A Window

★★★★☆ Fitting tribute:

As you might expect, there are plenty of laughs in Chic Murray: A Funny Place For A Window. What is less expected is a touching and beautifully acted love story.

April 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Local Hero

Local Hero

★★★☆☆ Charming:

Local Hero, the Lyceum’s co-production with the Old Vic, has the authenticity and drive one would expect considering the source material, but fails to add much that is new.

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

★★★☆☆  Inexact science:

Arkle’s production of Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds at the Hill Street Theatre is an uneven but ultimately fulfilling exploration of angry insecurities and brittle dreams.

March 21, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club

★★★★☆ Gravely good:

The Cemetery Club is a low-key, deeply traditional play, but in the hands of Edinburgh People’s Theatre it has a gentle resonance that is rather affecting.

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

★★★★☆ Loverly:

Southern Light Opera’s My Fair Lady at the King’s is a sumptuously staged production. It also boasts a truly outstanding central performance; if the rest is a little overshadowed as a result, it is nevertheless highly impressive.

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Pippin

Pippin

★★★☆☆    Overambitious:

There is a great deal of vocal talent on show in the EUTC’s production of Pippin at the Bedlam. However, some ill-judged staging choices conspire against the production, resulting in a definite curate’s egg.

February 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Reckoning

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Reckoning

★★★★☆ Elegant:

Twisted Thistle’s production for Annexe Arts Hub’s Formation Festival at the Assembly Roxy, is an intriguing and beautifully presented exploration of the characters of Edinburgh-born Arthur Conan Doyle.

February 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Ulster American

Ulster American

★★★★☆  Hard Hitting:

Trailing clouds of glory from 2018, David Ireland’s Ulster American has returned to the Traverse with a bang. If it is not quite as good as some have said, it is still impressive – and certainly is impressively nasty.

February 22, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Art

Art

★★★★☆ Sparkling:

Art, at the King’s until Saturday, is everything a high-profile touring show should be – a carefully thought out, well-directed production of a hit play featuring a big-name cast at the top of their game.

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