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"There is something mildly shocking and heady about this mix, and about this show. It is all over too soon: we feel as though we have been thrown delicious after-dinner morsels and we want more." Full Review
"If you come for Parton’s songs, you will most likely enjoy this show and the live band, whose instruments include the banjo, mandolin and at one point the spoons. If only there were more music, less book." Full Review
"The production feels uneven as a whole, its pace glacial at the start and oddly anticlimactic at the end, with a hit and miss feel to the parts of the men who circle around these two characters." Full Review
"The room exposes its bigots and we finally see the point of Hutton’s character but as more plot-points are lobbed at us in the closing moments it feels much less like a sitcom than an entire series rolled into one production." Full Review
"The play’s mind games as a whole are too neatly driven by plot, and come with a few too many obvious stunts, but they do raise enough tension and intrigue to draw you in and keep you guessing." Full Review
"Lillian Hellman’s 1941 play looks like the silver screen come to life...While its plot has the feel of a twisty crime thriller...we are so engaged by what it asks of us and its tension that the melodrama does not jar." Full Review
"It remains highly watchable and well-paced with good supporting performances...This is an Othello which feels unlike any other, its central figure a villain not a hero – a cleaning up of the play, indeed." Full Review
"The plotting steers narrowly away from convolution and solves the mystery while sprinting through Christmases past, present and future to bring about an ending of carol singing and goodwill for one and all." Full Review
for a previous production "This is brave and original writing, hard-edged and unsentimental one minute, heart-meltingly warm the next. A funny kind of romantic tragedy that becomes compulsive to watch." Full Review
"The play’s understated drama is both its strength and its weakness. We walk away believing in its issues entirely but perhaps don’t feel its tragedy as fully. Either way, it is clear that Burns has great promise." Full Review
"This feels like a play that is being given a rare chance to air its urgent and desperately important issues, making it feverish to cover all the ground in the time it has been afforded." Full Review