Tag Archives: american

First Date, Crazy Coqs Online

With live, in-person dating now on the critical list in our tiered land, the very premise of this American musical comedy seems transgressive. Mind, we might feel better about our solo Netflix viewing, given how woefully the titular rendezvous begins. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Why do Strictly viewers hate Ashley Roberts?

This weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing semi-final saw a third consecutive trip to the dreaded dance-off for ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts – despite topping the leaderboard with pro partner Pasha Kovalev after notching four nines for a fierce Paso Doble and a perfect … Continue reading

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Apologia, Trafalgar Studios

Back in 2009, Alexi Kaye Campbell followed up his bold first play The Pride with Apologia, which takes the well-trodden path of a fraught family reunion where past grievances stalk the present. If more conventional, it’s still an enjoyable combination of big ideas, sharp … Continue reading

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Dinner With Friends, Park Theatre

After 12 seemingly idyllic years, Tom and Beth’s marriage is over. That’s a concern for Gabe and Karen, partly because they care for their friends, and there’s the ugly business of choosing sides, but mainly because it causes them to … Continue reading

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Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey

As the series draws to a close, we list its mostly unintentional hilarity, from the entail and the Turkish corpse to the death-by-political-correctness of Isis the dog. Read the full theartsdesk article here

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Pick of the Week

Bridget Christie and flamenco in Edinburgh, family-friendly Green Man Festival and will The Man From U.N.C.L.E will be a Cold War hit, or just lukewarm? Read my full theartsdesk newsletter here

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The art of living

Highlights of my July MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Dig deep Take an active role in uncovering London’s history during the Festival of Archaeology Don’t miss: Picture perfect It’s girls on top in the Prize for Illustration, responding to the theme London … Continue reading

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Luna Gale, Hampstead Theatre

Can we really distinguish between experience-based judgement and personal bias? Caroline, the social worker at the centre of American writer Rebecca Gilman’s latest “issue” play, trusts a gut instinct informed by her 25-year career, but those decisions – which shape … Continue reading

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Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic

Coming-of-age comedy, moonlit romance and a gentle folk soul: can this really be Eugene O’Neill? The master of darkness makes a surprising departure with semi-autobiographical 1933 work Ah, Wilderness!, which visits staple tropes – addiction, family strife, responsibility and regret … Continue reading

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Bad Jews, Arts Theatre

Joshua Harmon’s provocative 2012 piece is the Rocky of comedies. His evenly matched sparring partners, a pair of viscerally antagonistic cousins confined in close quarters after a familial loss, bruise, bludgeon and literally draw blood. The bonds of kinship have … Continue reading

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