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Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory

There’s a welcome alternative to panto hijinks in this gem of a Trevor Nunn musical revival – more attuned to the biting hardships of winter, and to the elegiac aspect of change, than to festive jollies. Which is not to say that there … Continue reading

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Clumsy look at Jewish Broadway history is toe-tapping nostalgia

Lacking the shrewd lampooning instincts of Spamalot, from which it takes its name, revue You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews is a muddle: too solemn for satire, too grandiloquent for cabaret, and too fractured for musical … Continue reading

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You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, St James Theatre

Well, here’s an oddity. You Won’t Succeed… is too fragmented for musical theatre, too bombastic for cabaret, and about as profound as a first-draft Wikipedia page. Channelling the self-referential levity of the Monty Python show from which it takes its … 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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Theatre company defends culture in dark times

Reviewers like to believe we have power of influence, but those in Stalinist Russia had power of life and death: a bad write-up spelled doom for the subject. Yet their opinions could not contradict those of the ‘great leader’, and … Continue reading

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The writing’s on the wall

“It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction,” proclaimed The New York Times Book Review of American author Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s 1938 epistolary novella Address Unknown. Seventy-five years later, her work still packs a powerful punch in the form of … Continue reading

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