Tag Archives: comedy

Angels in America leads April’s Top 10 new London shows

From a mammoth Tony Kushner revival to an unusual Romeo and Juliet and tap-happy musical. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Never mind Stepping Out – the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at such short notice. It’s a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenanigans in Richard Harris’s genial 1984 play … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Steffan Lloyd-Evans

The actor discusses joining West End hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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BWW Interview: Nina Conti

The ventriloquist discusses her new audience-participation show, In Your Face. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Branagh is assured but lacks true desperation

Brexit-ish rants, generational divide, tax dodging and Middle East chaos: the contemporary resonance of John Osborne’s 1957 state-of-the-nation play The Entertainer is almost eerie. Paired with an effective metaphor – the dying days of music hall – it’s a strong closing … Continue reading

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The Entertainer, Garrick Theatre

The latest 2016 state-of-the-nation play has arrived – from 1957. There’s the Brexit-ish granddad mired in corrosive nostalgia, the forward-looking granddaughter joining anti-establishment protests in Trafalgar Square, tax dodging, a crisis of British identity, and chaos in the Middle East. … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Alt-cabaret Star Bridget Everett

New York alt-cabaret queen Bridget Everett on working with Amy Schumer and Patti LuPone, and what audiences can expect at her first British gig. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Smart dialogue, but too much millennial self-analysis

Not content with playing narcissistic misfits in Hollywood movies like The Social Network, actor-turned-writer Jesse Eisenberg is creating them for himself. In his third play, he’s a weed-smoking failed filmmaker, loafing around the swanky Manhattan apartment his father bought him … 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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Sideways, St James Theatre

Alexander Payne’s adored 2004 film adaptation of Rex Pickett’s semi-autobiographical novel didn’t just pick up an Academy Award – it led to a plummeting in sales of Merlot and Pinot Noir becoming the drink of choice. What might Pickett’s theatrical … Continue reading

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