Review

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.

May 22, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More
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.

May 21, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

★★★☆☆ Solid:

Leitheatre give a meaty and satisfyingly verbal account of Tennessee Williams’ great drama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Studio of the Festival Theatre, running through to Saturday.

May 17, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
PPP: Toy Plastic Chicken

PPP: Toy Plastic Chicken

★★☆☆☆    Curate’s egg:

First seen as a somewhat explosive work-in-progress at last year’s Hidden Door, Toy Plastic Chicken is the final production in this Spring’s A Play, A Pie and a Pint lunchtime theatre slot at the Traverse.

May 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Red Lion

The Red Lion

★★★★★  Back of the net:

Rapture Theatre shoots, and scores, in a soccer drama by Patrick Marber that even non-sports fans will love.

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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.

May 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
PPP: Casablanca, The Gin Joint Cut

PPP: Casablanca, The Gin Joint Cut

★★★★★   Played it – again!

It is easy to see why the A Play, A Pie and A Pint punters voted the easygoing charm of Casablanca, The Gin Joint Cut as their favourite piece of lunchtime theatre since PPP was founded by the late David MacLennan in 2004.

May 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Verdict

The Verdict

★★★★☆    Engrossing:

It’s no trial watching this stage version of the classic film The Verdict at the King’s. In fact, it’s a real pleasure seeing washed-up Boston lawyer Frank Galvin get his mojo back as he takes on a case of alleged medical malpractice.

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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.

April 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
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