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for a previous production "Long’s humor here is of the gallows variety. Yes, she ends with a clarion call to keep the faith, stay activist, not wallow in despair. Important things to say, but not terribly cheering–for the first time, one senses Long needs the inspiration as much as we do. In 'Something Better' she tries to fire up her optimism, with only partial success. It’s studded with excellent moments, but the overall effect is as plaintive as it is funny." Full Review
for a previous production "Even by the standards of today’s mental-health-conscious comedy, Gethard’s show is intimate and explicit…Gethard’s openness and frankness are affecting, and he has built a comedy set around them with considerable skill and good humour…What is bleakly funny – and beautifully articulated by Gethard (with help from the Smiths) – is how broken we become, how far from dignity and capability we fall, when depression takes a grip." Full Review
for a previous production "It helps that she’s thrown out most of the baggage that accrued to this once-naff art form: the creepiness, the stiffness, the tragic co-dependency. Handy, too, that she’s filled the breach with sass and straight-talk, alongside tonal variety and a ruthless self-awareness. More than that, Conti restlessly pushes at what can be done with her vocal skill…Conti just picks up on her volunteers’ body language and, before you know it, personalities develop and scenarios unfold." Full Review
for a previous production "Sometimes the play falls victim to the confusion it depicts. But if this monologue takes time to come into focus, it finally reveals the rootlessness of a young man without a country, on a continent at war with itself - and the ripples that his decisions cast...Sometimes his narration is too sombre - but elsewhere, the emotional meter is deftly calibrated." Full Review
In Luke Sheppard’s production, unfolding on a frumpy front-room set with glamour concealed, My Son’s a Queer offers something for everyone. Full Review
for a previous production "By the end, I yearned for the expressivity of a human being – because this is essentially a standup show spoken from a human perspective that doesn’t play to puppetry’s strengths at all. None of which is to deny McIvor’s skills in the niche of standup puppetry..Randy’s identity is unclear here...There’s ample compensation in Randy’s explosive delivery and some good jokes about hoarding and Harper Lee. But, conceptually, the show doesn’t quite add up." Full Review
for a previous production "Unsurprisingly for a show set in a steel container, 'Mouse' can feel claustrophobic, and couldn’t be accused of getting quickly to its point. But as ever, it’s easy to submit to Kitson’s playfully showy writing and his spirit of romantic melancholy that steers for the heart of what being alive is all about…The occasional clunkiness is forgivable in a show this humane and open-hearted." Full Review
for a previous production “An interactive golden-age detective movie is created on stage with Fleysher’s alter-ego Kapinski leaning heavily on the audience for laughs...We’re invited to notice how we take these archetypes, particularly gender ones, for granted...We never quite get the satisfying noir narrative that the show promises...But this remains a playful and atmospheric fringe curio, a light-touch role-play for anyone who likes their dicks private and their femmes fatales.” Full Review