Andrzej Lukowski

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Reviews (35)
Betrayal
Midtown W
Time Out London

for a previous production ★★★★★ "Jamie Lloyd’s Tom Hiddleston-starring production of Pinter’s masterpiece is haunting and profound." Full Review

Time Out London

"'Hadestown’ is not perfect, but it is really, really good. The wonderfully diverse songs of Mitchell’s expanded, virtually sung-through soundtrack are the bedrock...It is a musically thrilling, lyrically eccentric articulation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth that has gratifyingly little to do with musical theatre convention...It’s a brilliant staging of an album, but nonetheless, the characters and plot are wholly contained within the relatively impressionistic songs." Full Review

Time Out London

"Is a feelgood jukebox musical the absolute best medium to tell a story about domestic abuse? Put crudely, that is the problem at the heart of big-budget global premiere ‘Tina'. The erstwhile Anna Mae Bullock’s eventful life and beloved back catalogue are perfect subjects for adaptation. But too often Phyllida Lloyd’s production struggles to make a sensitive synthesis of the two...Lloyd directs fluidly and at a pace, but there is, also, a weird feeling of it being clogged with ephemera." Full Review

Time Out London

"‘Hamilton’ is stupendously good...Actually better than the hype suggests...A ferociously enjoyable show...Kail’s restaged Broadway production is confident but not flashy...The first half of the show has the most terrific sense of velocity I’ve ever experienced in a theatre production...The second half is bleaker...The ending is soulful and sad and lower-key than you might expect...The best and cleverest thing on the London stage...It is a great work of entertainment.” Full Review

Time Out London

“Nicholas' Genie is worth the price of admission in this slightly confused Disney almost-panto...Menken’s musical gives you the same things as a decent British panto ‘Aladdin’...It’s well done, but talk about selling coals to Newcastle: the humour hits the spot with Howard Ashman’s dry lyrics, but it lacks the inspired madness of, say, the Hackney Empire panto. Alongside the other big West End Disney musical, Taymor’s ‘The Lion King’, it struggles to establish a distinct, theatrical identity.” Full Review

Time Out London

"Sure: ‘School of Rock’ is basically harmless. But there is, at the very least, something a bit Luddite about a show so smugly adrift from the present, so determined to posit the caterwauling of a bunch of ’70s bloke rockers as the sum total of musical achievement. But here’s the thing: the kids are really cute. And really talented. You would have to be an absolute monster to not be charmed and impressed by the little pipsqueaks." Full Review

The Emperor
Brooklyn
Time Out London

for a previous production “The tone is tenderly comic but always earnest: most of the subjects are old eccentrics with extraneous jobs...With the humour coming more from the absurdity of their jobs...Enhanced by the intimacy of Meierjohann’s production, which comes from both the fact it’s mostly just one woman...but also because...she breaks off to involve Zeleke...His inclusion feels generous and his music haunting...‘The Emperor’ is a study in love; a strange, perhaps misplaced love, but love all the same.” Full Review

Escaped Alone
Brooklyn
Time Out London

for a previous production "A menacing, joyous, brilliant return from the enigmatic Caryl Churchill…Whatever you think of it as a complete piece, line by line it’s hard to imagine you’ll come across a more brilliant play this year…The acting is wonderful, as are the characters...What makes ‘Escaped Alone’ a great play is that it is strangely euphoric: spiked with terrible, apocalyptic foreboding, yes, but Churchill’s funniest since ‘Serious Money’, and with an incredible gift for spinning light out of the dark." Full Review

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Time Out London

for a previous production "Close is so good that it almost feels rude to point out that, like many later Webber musicals, ‘Sunset’ is not brilliant...The quality of the performances are top-drawer...The full orchestra sounds absolutely wonderful on one of Webber’s loveliest scores. And director Price’s dimly lit, film noir-ish semi-staging works fantastically well...It’s a classy show all round, but Webberphobes may wistfully wonder what this once-in-a-lifetime assemblage of talent could have done with a better musical." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "A Joycean storm of words that doesn’t so much possess a narrative as hurl out a barrage of imagery so searingly that the story is blasted into your cerebellum, even if only half the words really make sense. Of course, you can’t have a tour de force monologue without a tour de force performance, and it’s impossible to imagine it without Duffin riding its lightning...It’s difficult to shake the sense that it’s all a bit much...But ultimately this ferocious, gorgeous show transcends mere story." Full Review

Richard II (BAM)
Brooklyn
Time Out London

for a previous production "This intelligent, lucid and atmospheric production is–in the best possible sense–the sort of thing you’d expect from Doran...Tennant is a striking Richard...His whole life is a performance that the actor proves curiously well-equipped to deal with. So the star delivers, then, and so does the rest of the cast...It all runs like a dark dream....This is a robust and haunting season opener." Full Review

Golem
Upper W Side
Time Out London

for a previous production "So stunning that the story could be about pretty much anything and still be essential viewing…In some ways, Andrade’s message is too blunt to be effective…To simply characterise ‘Golem’ as a political rant would be to ignore not only the visuals, and the lovely, jazzy live score, but Andrade and Barritt’s lavish attention to detail and wonderfully irreverant sense of humour...This is a cracked, exaggerated, funhouse mirror reflection of our world that you could stare into for days." Full Review

Henry IV
Brooklyn
Time Out London

for a previous production "I didn’t love it. But I’m learning to live with it...The bottom line is that the acting is sensational...I’m not sure director Phyllida Lloyd’s comedy stylings will ever convince, but you have to hand it to the woman: her ways are maverick, but by god she gets results." Full Review

Skylight
Midtown W
Time Out London

for a previous production “It’s invigorating stuff, galvanised by the powerful chemistry between them. There are moments of rhetorical thinness and Daldry’s production doesn’t feel desperately light on its feet. But ultimately it works – because of the performances, because of the political relevance, because of the passion in the writing.” Full Review

Privacy
East Village
Time Out London

for a previous production "From a strict dramatic perspective there are many flaws with ‘Privacy’: the central 'plot' loses steam after a while, and the character of The Writer rings increasingly less true...'Privacy,' though, is an absolute blast. Directed at a gleefully lightning pace, it makes a virtue of the usual failings of the oft-dry medium of verbatim theatre, with notes of farce as the six strong cast shift from character to character and indulge in some supremely tongue-in-cheek audience interaction.' Full Review

American Psycho
Midtown W
Time Out London

for a previous production "‘American Psycho’ is enormous fun. Sheik’s songs vary in hummability, but they’re generally hilarious, characters with no soul singing trashy, narcissistic pop songs about their empty inner lives...Goold, Sheik and Aguirre-Sacasa have retooled ‘American Psycho’ as a comedy for our time...Perhaps the biggest weakness of ‘Psycho’ is that it shows its entire hand within the first half hour...But what a deliciously mad rollercoaster this is." Full Review

Trash Cuisine
East Village
Time Out London

for a previous production "When it works, it’s mesmerically upsetting...But the show lacks focus, with some sections totally misfiring, while the humour feels forced. And the exact overall intent is a little hazy...'Trash Cuisine’ is a somewhat arbitrary, oddly un-immediate parade of atrocities from the last 40 years, with no clear message beyond offering an incomplete reflection of humanity at its worst...It’s a fierce and fascinating evening, but a spot more dramaturgy wouldn’t go amiss." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production “Webber's gothic spectacular is totally '80s in the best possible way...The most successful entertainment event of all time...It still works hard for its audience...‘Phantom’ remains strong because its high production values haven’t been allowed to sag...Lost since the days of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman is a measure of acting ability, but if Rauch and Escobar are rather stiff (her in particular) then they do enough to successfully ride the wave of this still awesome spectacle.” Full Review

Waitress (London)
Covent Garden
Time Out London

“'Waitress' is made from the very finest ingredients, but often they don’t actually feel like ingredients that should have been put together...It’s still a classy show, though. McPhee gives a beautifully weary performance...Bareilles’s country-rock-ish songs are funny, literate and enjoyable...Paulus keeps everything moving with a slick dynamism that frequently belies the changes in set, scene and tone. There’s really a lot to like; I just struggled to like all of it all at once.” Full Review

Time Out London

“An absolute hoot, a joyous, big-hearted, ludicrously incident-packed and magic-heavy romp that has to stand as one of the most unrelentingly entertaining things to hit the West End...If the...show is a bit on the long side, it’s forgivable...The special effects, but they are astonishing...Hoggart’s startling movement direction adds an intense, ritualistic air that heightens everything...Never before has Rowling’s world felt so vividly, gaspingly, joyously real.” Full Review

Time Out London

"This enormous, shattering eruption of a play...Vast, a play that's formally conventional but has an ambition that's out of this world...It succeeds. But despite the teeming cast and interwoven plot lines it remains intimate...Even though lengthy stretches are nothing more than generations bickering at the breakfast table, nothing feels wasted, every strand is respected, Mendes choreographs everything to perfection...Left me genuinely stunned." Full Review

Time Out London

“There are going to be those who think...‘Network’ is an almighty fucking mess...But the whole thing is so spectacularly staged that its flaws feel like minor items...Cranston delivers a monumental performance...He is entirely in the moment and entirely thrilling...Versweyveld’s set and lighting and Yarden’s video design were stunning...’Network’ is a glowing, short-circuiting mess...And Van Hove’s electrifying staging is like mainlining it all in one million-volt hit.” Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "It is a marvel of effort and engineering, and stunningly pretty – almost distractingly so...As a piece of theatre it perhaps works better at conveying the scale of the boys’ journey than its rigours...I suppose ultimately the extraordinariness of the form and the extraordinariness of the journey feel like they are in competition, and inevitably it's the form that emerges as the most memorable bit...But that’s not take away from the sweeping sense of journey, or the force of its tearjerker fi... Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "Walter's dignified performance keeps it all fairly grounded…In a slightly convoluted meta-theatrical device, we learn at the start that Walter is technically playing a prisoner who is playing Prospero…So when Prospero asks that we set him free, we know that on one level that’s impossible. But as Walter-as-prisoner bids goodbye to the rest of the cast, she seems like a wise and decent person, a dignified testament to the possibility of redemption and forgiveness." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "'Groundhog Day' is unlikely to upset big fans of the film. It’s co-written with Danny Rubin and basically holds on to every incident and much of the dialogue from the movie...'Groundhog Day' is a musical about repetition. The songs aren’t repetitive though...Minchin is definitely better at words and tunes than choruses, but it serves the musical fantastically – his lyrics are very clever and very funny, albeit a bit more earnest than we’re used to." Full Review

Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Time Out London

for a previous production "An absurdist satire...Featherstone’s smart, efficient production...Structurally it’s all over the shop...Rea holds it all together phenomenally, bringing both a tremendous gravitas to bear but also absolutely sensational deadpan comic timing...‘Cyprus Avenue’ eventually scampers off completely beyond the pale with a gleefulness that rather blunts the moral point it’s very obviously trying to make. Still, as I say, it is undeniably funny, probably a braver play than I entirely appreciate." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "Gough is stunning in this powerful new play...For all the initial, broad black comedy and the flourishes lobbed in by director Jeremy Herrin, Gough gives a masterclass in nuance and subtlety. It is the best London stage performance since Mark Rylance’s in ‘Jerusalem’...It is a titanic performance in a slightly flawed play...Macmillan’s writing is notably thinner when it comes to the minor characters...What might have felt like a clever-clever script in other hands has been taken over by Gough." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "While ‘Iphigenia in Splott’ will certainly jerk a few tears, the abiding emotion here is righteous anger...Much of the brilliance of Rachel O’Riordan’s kinetic production is that, for all its ferocity, it introduces its polemic with great subtlety...Recent years have proven oddly infertile for political theatre, but ‘Iphigenia in Splott’ is the sort of clear-eyed rallying cry that deserves to force a change." Full Review

Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
Time Out London

for a previous production "It’s a hysterically heavy-handed allegory for the ravages of gentrification...But ‘Radiant Vermin’ works because it’s dispatched with such flippant glee by the writer, cast and director David Mercatali. We laugh at Jill and Ollie because they’re so exuberantly unmenacing, and because we recognize that their killings aren’t really killings but a metaphor...It’s hard to feel too indicted when the whole thing is so frothily light and loopily enjoyable; the thing is it’s really enjoyable." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "To say visionary van Hove’s production of ‘A View from the Bridge’ is the best show at the moment is like saying Stonehenge is the current best rock arrangement in Wiltshire: it almost feels silly to compare this pure, primal, colossal thing with anything else in Theatreland...Miller’s terse text is turned into some fantastic hybrid of British naturalism, Greek tragedy, lab experiment and religious ritual, that begins with angelic music and light and ends in an all-consuming fountain of blood." Full Review

Cuckooed
Midtown E
Time Out London

for a previous production "Thomas is a raconteur par excellence, who has led a life so staggeringly righteous and exciting that pretty much every anecdote he launches into is gold. But he’s not yet a slick theatremaker, and ‘Cuckooed’ suffers from a certain lack of craftsmanship...A little more thought about the show’s arc and a little less chasing after key content two weeks ago could probably have elevated ‘Cuckooed’ from a heartfelt ramble to something more powerful." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "With director Jeremy Herrin’s help, Poulton makes Mantel’s mass of subplots and secondary characters sing...The two plays do stand alone – indeed, ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ probably works a tad better thanks to a more digestible plot – but the build and momentum is very much that of one lengthy show. Do yourself a favour: book the day off and see both together, so you can journey all the way into this heart of English darkness." Full Review

My Perfect Mind
Midtown E
Time Out London

for a previous production "There is an earnest intent behind ‘My Perfect Mind’s' madcap cocktail of memory and imagination, but its celebration of a life in the theatre is the very antithesis of stuffy luvvie backslapping. Spry as he is, odds are this will be Petherbridge’s last great role, but talk about a blaze of glory." Full Review

Nirbhaya
East Village
Time Out London

for a previous production "‘Nirbhaya’ isn’t a success through gloss but because of the unvarnished potency of listening to these women share their ordeals...She deserves enormous credit for getting these women comfortable enough to talk about the terrible things that have happened to them. At a time when rape threats have become casual social media currency, it’s intensely sobering to have a play like this that reminds us so viscerally of the real horrors of sexual violence." Full Review

Time Out London

“Parker and Stone’s musical is not particularly shocking...This is a big-hearted affair that pays note-perfect homage to the sounds and spirit of Broadway’s golden age...‘The Book of Mormon’ is very funny, breathing three-dimensional, all-singing, all-dancing life into the absurdities of literal Mormon dogma without ever being particularly mean...A tremendous show...But...it lacks the satiric purpose and angry animating spark of its creators’ other work.” Full Review