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Sep
26
2018

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

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Drama Theatre, September 14 7/10 Karl Marx thought it religion that stupefied us into obeisance. Writing 127 years later, Dario Fo astutely hit upon what had become the new mass opiate: scandal – and this nearly half a century before Trump, fake news and social media! Imagine the Italian playwright’s nods and winks at our […]

Sep
23
2018

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

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Pop-up Globe, September 12 4.5/10 Shylock’s demented desire for a pound of Antonio’s flesh (with all its anti-Semitic type-casting implications) makes him the supposed villain of this comedy. But for whom, exactly, are we supposed to cheering? Portia? She is willing to accept an airheaded, money-grubbing playboy to share her vision of long-term connubial bliss. […]

Sep
20
2018

MACBETH

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Pop-up Globe, September 9 8.5/10 This was always going to be the test. For nearly 140 years theatre audiences have enjoyed the endless possibilities created by electric stage lights, and, paradoxically, no play has benefitted more than Macbeth, the darkest investigation of the human psyche ever made. Via such lighting modern audiences have grown used […]

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