Joyce McMillan

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Reviews (14)
The Prisoner
Brooklyn
The Scotsman

for a previous production “In Hiran Abeysekera’s beautiful central performance, we see him, over the years, feel his way towards a resolution, through his interactions with local people, visitors, passers-by. And the whole show achieves a magnificent balance of stillness, relaxation, and narrative tension; compelling us to pause, to breathe, and to reflect, but also moving the story towards its end with the inevitability and energy of a natural force, harnessed by an absolute master." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "The show draws deeply and unforgettably on the wit and wisdom of Jewish ­culture...If Caplan’s bravura ­performance is sometimes a shade too overwhelming, Mary Fay Coady and Christopher Weatherstone are so perfectly pitched and quietly charismatic that the 'Old Stock' experience becomes irresistible, borne along on a tide of brilliant klezmer music and original song that links us to an old world, and helps us to live joyfully in a new one." Full Review

Enterprise
Soho/Tribeca
The Scotsman

for a previous production "Out-of-control corporate culture is the subject...Almost ten years on from the great financial crash of 2008, it is still with us...which makes Parks’s fast-talking satire on a system fraying at the edges, yet still convinced it can rule the world, all the more timely, hilarious and frightening…Parks, his director Calvitto, and a brilliant four-man cast have delivered a richly damning verdict on a system that catastrophically fails to understand the complex weave of human nature." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "The story is in some ways a simple one, told with an edge of gentle tragedy in Oliver Emanuel’s text, and voiced, in the recorded soundtrack, by a fine team of nine actors...Yet the poignant beauty of the tiny puppets, and the sheer imaginative vividness of the world they inhabit, engraves this exquisite show on the memory...Theatre, installation art, or something else entirely, 'Flight' tells its tale with a passion reflected in every detail of its tiny artworks." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "This could become just another self-absorbed piece about the life of the artist...As ever, though, in Kitson’s hands, the language takes flight, and the detail of contemporary life that forms the backdrop to this strange incident glows with a strange, affectionate vividness, offering us a journey through loss, coincidence, and the tiny decisions that shape our lives, that haunts the mind, and confirms Kitson’s status as a master storyteller at the height of his powers." Full Review

Wow 24/7 (UK)

for a previous production "There’s no defining Penny Arcade. When she climbs on stage to perform the 65-year-old New York underground diva makes it clear in the first minute or so that this is not theatre, nor stand-up comedy, nor even performance art; it is, she says, something else, a rap or maybe a rant, about a few things that have happened to the human mind during her lifetime...Presented at high speed and accompanied by a thundering mix-tape of musical cues from Arcade’s underground past." Full Review

Cuckooed
Midtown E
Wow 24/7 (UK)

for a previous production "All that Thomas does, over an hour, is to make a brilliant job of telling this sad tale of activism and betrayal, and of a friendship lost. In Emma Callander’s fluent production, though, he does it in irresistible style, funny, self-deprecating, infinitely accessible, eloquent in its use of film and video, but never overwhelmed by it. And by the end of the show, he is asking hard, passionate questions to which every citizen of the UK should have an answer." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "Rarely have Estragon’s sad reflections that they might be better off apart seemed more poignant, or Vladimir’s responses more like those of an affectionate but eccentric carer, making the best of things...With the rich physicality of Hynes’s production adding an extra layer of pure, simple clowning comedy to an immensely rich evening of theatre, this 'Waiting For Godot' affirms the play’s status as a spare and eloquent miracle of 20th-century art." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "Thoughtful and beautifully presented...David Byrne’s play is sometimes too explicit in its exploration of these themes, as if it doesn’t quite trust the audience to grasp the questions it raises...Yet it offers a strikingly accomplished, absorbing and enjoyable hour of drama...A touching central performance from Richard Delaney as Bronowski, and Andrew Strafford-Baker as his grandson Jamie." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "The show pulses with life, and with the kind of passionate song and movement first glimpsed on the Edinburgh Fringe more than three decades ago, during the last years of apartheid. What makes 'The Fall' remarkable, though, is its combination of that pure physical energy with a uniquely vital, detailed, and profound political argument about how – so many years on – real decolonization and freedom is to be achieved." Full Review

Black Beauty
Midtown W
The Scotsman

for a previous production "What Cannon and Manley achieve to perfection is to capture the spirit of Sewell’s great cry for the well being of animals, while holding the story at just enough distance to make it slightly less frightening and nightmarish...All the sadness is there...but so is a gentle humour that has the kids in the audience shouting with laughter, a touching human relationship beautifully realised, and a stream of inventive genius that seems like the spirit of hope itself." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "After an extended pub sequence, in what still seems a slightly overlong show, 'Prudencia' finds something both more thrilling and much, much worse, in the Borders B&B from hell. It’s at this point that the show begins to weave itself into a strange erotic game of imprisonment and self-liberation that taxes Wilson’s fine cast of five actor-singer-musicians to the hilt. The company are well up to the challenge, though...They whip the show along to its fantastically rousing conclusion." Full Review

Butterfly
Midtown E
The Scotsman

for a previous production "An exquisite 60-minute piece of wordless theatre...'Butterfly' has a strong, simple narrative arc, and an almost magical relationship with the physical objects that fill Butterfly’s workshop room...At the show’s core, though, are three terrific performances...The performances merge dance, movement, puppetry and dramatic acting with an intensity that forges those art-forms into a single storytelling impulse, beautiful, tragic, and true." Full Review

Joyce McMillan - Online

for a previous production "The play’s ending is sensational, unnecessarily so; and Callow’s bravura performance – as ever – is not for those who like their acting naturalistic and understated. For those who accept the bruised drama-queen style, though, there is a profoundly moving performance here, brave, strong, and full of a frustrated sweetness that pierces the heart." Full Review