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The director, Katharine Farmer, and her cast do their best, with Montgomery in particular investing as much three-dimensionality into Allison as she can. But by the final scene, 80 minutes in and still with no truly gripping dramatic conflict in sight... Full Review
To tackle a formally bold novel, Rebecca Watson’s recent little scratch, Mitchell and her adaptor, Miriam Battye, have fashioned something equally inventive that works perfectly in the small Downstairs space at the Hampstead. Full Review
What a fiendishly clever play this is, written when McDonagh was in his mid-twenties. Deliciously unsavoury (and, yes, sometimes violent), it nevertheless hums with weighty literary resonances and moral purpose. Full Review
"Co-directors Roisin McBrinn of Clean Break and Sophie Dillon Moniram keep all the tonal elements in play, from raucous comedy to immense pathos … There were tears in the audience as well as onstage." Full Review
The play proposes no pat answers, no agenda, preferring to take us on a giddying tour of the flaws in our moral armour...This an excellent revival of a terrific, clever play, stylishly directed by Oliver Khaderbai. Full Review
Whereas Zeller’s standout play, 2012’s The Father (a double Oscar-winner in its screen adaptation last year), wrung poignancy from its theatrical tricks at every turn, his shtick here is all trick: what he calls “an experiment with form”. Nothing stays the same from scene to scene. Full Review
The Korean-American writer Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, currently enjoying its UK debut at Southwark Playhouse, is presented within a frame that cleverly and radically alters what’s inside it...This is a nicely judged production from Steven Kunis, impressively choreographed by Christina Fulcher. Full Review
So although this is a lively evening, deftly directed by David Babani to use his venue’s small basement space to its full potential, its raucous ambitions aren’t a perfect fit for its characters' comic potential. Full Review