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May
8
2016

The Taming of the Shrew

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Riverside Theatre, May 7 8/10 The three Shakespeare plays that can work modern readers and audience members in ideological lathers are The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew, with the latter containing one of the most polarising speeches in the entire canon. Yet to approach any of the plays with […]

Apr
15
2016

The Great Fire

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Belvoir St Theatre, April 6 5.5/10 Cunningly marketed as the season of goodwill, Christmas is more commonly the gala event on the family feud calendar. The joys of this have been depicted on stage before, notably in Jon Robin Baitz’s ruthlessly funny Other Desert Cities. Kit Brookman’s The Great Fire doesn’t hold a candle to […]

Apr
14
2016

Savages

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Eternity Playhouse, April 5 7.5/10 Playwright Patricia Cornelius has had the courage to say what our cowardly wowser politicians have not: violence is only tangentially an alcohol issue. More fundamental is a culture of male aggression. For proof look at countries in northern Europe and Scandinavia where excessive alcohol is routinely consumed without the corresponding […]