Oh dear. I hope - indeed, I know - it is not too much to ask of a production to make clear who exactly is who and what exactly is going on. The Mutant Man has so many scene changes it is a surprise I didn’t vomit from dizziness. For example, in one scene the show sets itself up as being in a court for a three-line monologue, presumably of verbal evidence submitted to the said court, before another scene change comes along. That is hardly enough time to establish anything in terms of narrative or … [Read more...]
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Backpack Theatre’s When the Dove Returns explores the frail nature of humanity in the face of a disintegrating world. Currently playing at Blue Elephant Theatre, the piece follows the journey of 6 individuals seeking refuge on a ship during an apocalyptic flood. At the mercy of a tyrannical ‘captain’, the 5 characters battle starvation, harsh weather and impossible living conditions simply for a chance at survival. But is it really worth it for a world that may or may not weather the … [Read more...]
Tuition fees in England are, for most university courses, £9,250 a year (at the time of writing). This has led to a small number of students becoming sex workers to supplement their income. Dependent on your point of view on such matters, they are either very inventive or very stupid, or perhaps a mixture of the two. It is, I would have thought, more profitable per hour worked than pulling pints behind a bar, and, as the musical Les Miserables suggests, it’s a way to “make money in your … [Read more...]
Written by David Henry Hwang and previously performed in New York, this production is the UK premiere of Chinglish and is a play with a difference; half the dialogue is being spoken in Mandarin with (often funny) translated surtitles. The play tells the story of an American businessman, Daniel Cavanaugh (Gyumri Sarods)’s attempt at “doing business in China”. In the first scene we see Daniel presenting at a business forum in Cleveland Ohio. The slides shown in this presentation give us a … [Read more...]
“I don’t grab pussy,” exclaims DJ (David Tennant), as Don Juan is referred to in Don Juan in Soho, a play that is very much about what the title suggests. The 2006 Donmar Warehouse production was an update of Moliere’s 1665 original Don Juan, and clearly the show has been updated again for this 2017 Wyndham’s Theatre run. But it doesn’t say much for DJ if all he can say for himself is to be compared favourably with a leading politician who is loathed by some as much as he is loved by others. An … [Read more...]