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Annie, Piccadilly Theatre

Has there ever been a time when we’re more in need of irrepressible optimism? The orphan who convinces everyone around her that “the sun will come out tomorrow” has certainly hit the West End at an opportune moment, and there’s … 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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BWW Interview: Rachel Tucker

The actress and singer discusses her first solo tour. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios

This revival of Sam Shepard’s apocalyptic 1978 play has gained resonance since 2016’s most apocalyptic political development – namely, Donald Trump cynically harnessing Midwestern anger and disillusionment. The latter is on display in heightened, American Gothic form in this Pulitzer … Continue reading

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One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse

“I shook up the world.” So says young gun and new heavyweight champion Cassius Clay (shortly to become Muhammad Ali) in those heady moments after his shock defeat of Sonny Liston in February 1964. But a meeting that same night … Continue reading

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Father Comes Home From The Wars, Royal Court

The current racial crisis in America might seem too urgent, too horrific, for us to be constantly seeking historical stories, but Suzan-Lori Parks’s play cycle makes a vividly articulate case for the long thread running from 19th-century slavery to 2016 debate … Continue reading

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Bugsy Malone, Lyric Hammersmith

For those in sore need of a theatrical pick-me-up, jazz square your way over to Bugsy Malone. Last year’s smash-hit opener of the redeveloped Lyric has been given a well-deserved encore, with Sean Holmes’s production once again nailing the beguiling … Continue reading

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Wild, Hampstead Theatre

Who do you trust? The EU Referendum campaign has exposed a mounting suspicion of the establishment, from financial institutions to press and politicians, and our sense of nationhood has never been murkier. But if we cease to believe in anything, … Continue reading

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The Spoils, Trafalgar Studios

“The most interesting characters are initially difficult to like,” proclaims Jesse Eisenberg’s would-be filmmaker protagonist, in case his cringe comedy’s mission statement was otherwise unclear. Ben is an outlandish collage of unlikeable qualities: abusive, misanthropic, arrogant, vicious, self-loathing, needy, and … Continue reading

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Show Boat, New London Theatre

Racial politics, addiction, violence and economic hardship. The subject matter of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical, based on Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel, shocked on its 1927 premiere, as did its integrated story and score and revolutionary dramatic heft. … Continue reading

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