Apr
25
2013

Henry 4

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Drama Theatre, April 20, 2013 John Bell plays Sir John Falstaff with such glee it is as though a life’s ambition is being fulfilled. The two parts of Shakespeare’s Henry IV were always Falstaff’s plays, interspersed with King Henry’s angst over the soundness of his kingdom and the soundness of his son, and Prince Hal’s transition […]

Apr
23
2013

Fury

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Warf 1, April 20  The two aging intellectuals in Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play  are served up on a platter in the opening scenes, quizzed by a journalist (a device she used in Honour). So there is little more to learn about medical high-flier Alice (Sarah Peirse) and novelist Patrick (Robert Menzies), one dark secret apart. […]

Apr
23
2013

Chris Potter CD

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The Sirens (ECM) On his visit here last year US saxophonist Chris Potter astounded some with his level of invention, and was dismissed by others for wanton virtuosity. I was in the former camp, although there are times on this album when I sympathise with the other perspective. Potter is a better player than composer, […]