Tag Archives: 1930s

Girl from the North Country, Old Vic

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson’s much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled “a play with songs” – or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around … Continue reading

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Russian phantoms, American identity and S-Town

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Russian phantoms The Design Museum resurrects utopian Soviet architecture Don’t miss: American abyss From Edward Hopper to Grant Wood: 1930s Americana at the Royal Academy Commuter corner Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream and new podcast … Continue reading

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She Loves Me, Menier Chocolate Factory

For those seeking festive revelry, but with an equally seasonal undertow of quiet melancholy, She Loves Me is the blissful solution. Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s 1963 musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play Parfumerie, which also inspired the … Continue reading

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First Episode, Jermyn Street Theatre

Rediscovered work offers aficionados a tantalising piece of the puzzle. Terence Rattigan’s callow debut, reborn after 80 years in obscurity, bears the hallmarks of his later plays, notably closeted ardour and the torment of unequal passion, but is more study … Continue reading

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Dangerous Corner

In his otherwise unremarkable 1932 debut play Dangerous Corner, JB Priestley employs a promising framing device that hints at the kind of metafictional experimentation found in works like Stoppard’s The Real Thing or Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an … Continue reading

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Evening with Nunn’s Lady is pleasurable and provocative

The incendiary power of A Doll’s House remains indisputable, but less well known is another late-19th-century drama featuring a young woman torn between risky independence and unhappy domesticity. Oscar Wilde’s effervescent Lady Windermere’s Fan differs vastly in tone, but Ruby … Continue reading

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