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October 21, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

The Stables, October 19 For all the benign serenity of its title John Romerils’s play seethes with the inevitability of its apocalyptic finale. This eight-page monologue delivered by Les Harding is an open wound for the actor to gouge and inflame. Peter Kowitz’s delivery of the speech is so potent…

October 17, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Belvoir Street, October 16 Accepted scholarship has it that about a decade before he wrote Hamlet Shakespeare had written another play of that name, now lost. This, predating his known plays, was a crude revenge tragedy that supposedly influenced Thomas Kyd’s hideous The Spanish Tragedy. The plot of Hamlet (borrowed…

October 16, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

La Notte (ECM) It almost beggars belief that this dark, brooding album was recorded live. Ketil Bjornstad’s ambitious music is realised with such panache and precision – and the project was recorded with such stunning three-dimensional stereo imaging and clarity – as to make it seem studio-honed and rigorously edited.…