John Kielty

A Joke

A Joke

★★★★☆   Funny, peculiar:

There is a masterclass in comic nous to be had in A Joke, Universal Arts and Scene Change Productions’ reworking of last year’s Fringe hit by Dan Freeman.

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Belle’s Stratagem

The Belle’s Stratagem

★★★★☆ Exemplary comedy:

Vivacity, wit and downright stupidity abound in The Belle’s Stratagem at the Lyceum, a production of verve and cheek that produces as much laughter as anything seen on the Edinburgh stage in recent years.

February 18, 2018 | By | 9 Replies More
The Sunshine Ghost

The Sunshine Ghost

★★★☆☆    Reassuring:

Spirited and melodic, the first small-scale run of The Sunshine Ghost is not yet the finished article but shows signs of developing into something popular.

October 8, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Outrun

The Outrun

Playing With Books rehearsed reading:
Playing With Books – the series of events devised by the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Royal Lyceum – got off to an enthralling start with The Outrun.

August 14, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Hard Man

The Hard Man

Rehearsed reading:
Opening up the scope of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s retrospective on noted Scottish polymath Tom McGrath, the staged script reading of his 1977 play The Hard Man sits perfectly with McGrath’s “explorer” image.

June 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Broons

The Broons

★★★★☆ Cheery:
Loud, hugely enjoyable and instantly recognisable, The Broons, playing the King’s to Saturday, is every bit as much fun as you would hope.

November 2, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
First Look: The Broons

First Look: The Broons

DC Thomson’s comic strip hits the stage:
The new stage production based on DC Thomson’s 80 year-old comic strip, The Broons, had its press night at Perth Concert Hall last night, 29 September 2016.

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
A Word with Dr Johnson

A Word with Dr Johnson

★★★☆☆ Articulate:
Words wrap around and claw away at the heart of this week’s excellent Play Pie and Pint lunchtime theatre at the Traverse, the last in the current season.

October 30, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
The Venetian Twins

The Venetian Twins

★★★★☆ Double the fun:
Broad, finely honed and never afraid of a corny joke, The Venetian Twins is a huge, rip-roaring thing. It is all rather silly, but is none the worse for that.

April 29, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

✭✭✭✭✩ Energy and focus:
Exhilarating and involving, The Caucasian Chalk Circle makes great use of the resources available to the Lyceum. There is an uncontrolled feeling to much of the production that is paradoxically a tribute to the careful craft and intelligence on display.

February 22, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More