Matt Wolf

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Reviews (126)
Sound Of The Underground
Sloane Square
London Theatre

"Sound of the Underground gives us the era-defining Girls Aloud song that you might suggest, without ever locating within the raw material any definable narrative arc." Full Review

London Theatre

“...’The Unfriend’ keeps you mirthfully on edge up to the final curtain. ” Full Review

London Theatre

"What happens next? The play deliberately doesn’t say, allowing audiences to continue the storytelling in their own heads – the conclusion is ours to write for ourselves." Full Review

London Theatre

"Spurious uplift in musicals runs all too rampant, but the sentiment here is fully earned as Scrooge learns the never-too-late value in acquiring a generosity of spirit." Full Review

Kerry Jackson
Waterloo
London Theatre

"The final scene posits a way forward for two antithetical personalities that is entirely preposterous. No matter: By that point, I’d clocked Kerry’s self-comparison to 'a bad fairy'." Full Review

London Theatre

"I’ve long seen this play treated as a referendum on the making of a warrior-king but Roughan re-casts a potential study in jingoism as a chilling anatomy of one man’s slide into savagery." Full Review

London Theatre

"As the auditorium erupts in the final sequence into song, dance, snow, and merriment, one’s joy is tempered only by the prospect of its absence. That duality sends playgoers tearfully into the night, their empathy reinforced just as Scrooge himself is spiritually restored." Full Review

London Theatre

"The play possesses something of the regional appeal and direct emotional allure of a musical... The show has lots of heart and could now use some art." Full Review

London Theatre

"The tone throughout is of a family-friendly narrative possessed of a childlike simplicity that adults might find a shade simplistic." Full Review

London Theatre

"You exit the playhouse shaken by a reminder of the hatred that continues as ever to do harm alongside the nagging feeling that this play itself may act as a salve to the Court’s collective conscious while wondering what effect it will have on society at large." Full Review

Antigone (London)
Fitzrovia
London Theatre

"The play balances order against chaos and the individual against the state...It’s a shame, then, when the rhetoric devolves into bald-faced placard-waving, no matter how laudable the sentiments expressed." Full Review

London Theatre

" 'South Pacific' insists on 'Some Enchanted Evening', disenchantment, and worse, are never far from this mighty musical’s fearless gaze. Full Review

London Theatre

"Bad Jews covers the waterfront when it comes to tethering one’s faith to the mast and the lengths to which people will go when ancestry is invoked, and self-identity, too." Full Review

London Theatre

"Chasing Hares follows in a necessary and honourable tradition of making theatre that matters even if, on this occasion, the result needs further shaping and streamlining if it is to properly and thoroughly shake us up." Full Review

King Lear (London)
Southwark
London Theatre

"Amid an age when human discourse seems to debase itself further by the day, you’d think this would be the ideal time to revisit a play that induces a knowing assent at the assertion after the interval that 'wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile' – how true that comment, made apparently in passing, seems just now." Full Review

London Theatre

This is a significant achievement that deserves attention. Full Review

Britannicus (London)
Hammersmith
London Theatre

The evening proves among other things that Banerjee, a onetime press officer at the National Theatre, is a talent to watch. The cast tends to find a particular note and play it ... But those up for the ride will be intrigued throughout. Full Review

London Theatre

Steel should be commended for the reach and scope of [this] play ... And yet one can’t help feel as if ... dramatically vital ingredients have yet to be given the best possible placement and shape: we’re in the shadow, perhaps, of something major that may with time come to the boil. Full Review

London Theatre

But for most of an overlong evening, the songs merely reiterate things we already know, not so much advancing the action as restating the obvious via one too many power ballads that may come across better out of context where they don’t slow down proceedings yet further. Full Review

Anyone Can Whistle (London)
Elephant and Castle
The Arts Desk

What this trailblazing talent [Stephen Sondheim] never short of an opinion might make of Georgie Rankcom's production is anyone's guess, though I suspect he would admire a sizeably non-binary set of artists gathered on a show about otherness and non-conformity. Full Review

London Theatre

...Harper Lee’s story of racial injustice in 1930s Alabama should resonate no less galvanically here, not least as refashioned by playwright Aaron Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher, and with a tremendous performance from Rafe Spall... Full Review

London Theatre

Graham’s Merchant clocks in at 2 and a quarter hours, largely by cutting to the meat of a play that, after all, hinges on the delivery of a pound of flesh. As a result, the play is pacy and vivid, sometimes raucously funny but more often troublingly trenchant. Full Review

The Forest
Camden Town
London Theatre

The first Florian Zeller play to premiere not in his native French but in English, The Forest also marks this writer’s most disturbing and alluring play in years, not least as delivered in a production from an empathic Jonathan Kent that matches the text’s deepening sense of mystery. Full Review

London Theatre

...a glossily presented Wikipedia entry complete with enough visual reminders of Gardner herself to indicate the shortfall in McGovern’s playwriting foray. Full Review

Rare Earth Mettle
Sloane Square
London Theatre Guide

The play deserves consideration for reasons other than those being afforded it just now, and one wonders whether Smith will take this opportunity to work on changes that are about more than simply replacing a single letter in someone’s surname. Full Review

London Theatre

" 'Just for Us' finds the general in the specific, the politically impassioned in the deeply personal: let’s just say that the unfolding mutual admiration society between Edelman and his British public looks unlikely to abate anytime soon." Full Review

Watch on the Rhine
Seven Dials
London Theatre

"This 'Watch on the Rhine' is well worth watching: not in a long time has a show come so honestly by the standing ovation at its close." Full Review

London Theatre

"The show may feel freeform, even anarchic, but courses with an abiding respect for theatrical tradition...The world may be a dark and often difficult place, but lucky are we to be transported via Gooseland Airways to a rapture-inducing realm of sheer and total bliss." Full Review

Mandela
Southwark
London Theatre

"There’s no denying the commitment to a ceaselessly important cause that courses through 'Mandela,' but the show in its present form aims to soar only to feel artistically stillborn." Full Review

The Arts Desk

"I was transfixed by this play 11 months ago in its smaller, cosier Off West End setting, as I was again the other night, notwithstanding a disconcerting broadness to some of the supporting performances and a level of amplification new to me in a non-musical." Full Review

Baghdaddy (London)
Sloane Square
London Theatre

"Steeped in a roiling mixture of grievance and affection, the play comes movingly to a close on a straightforwardly expressed 'thanks Dad' - proof positive that for all life’s lacerations, what will survive of us with any luck is love." Full Review

The Sex Party
Southwark
London Theatre

"Anyone expecting an evening of vicarious fun will find instead a catalogue of concerns embracing 'textbook transphobia' one minute and cis-male self-definition the next." Full Review

London Theatre

" 'My Son’s a Queer' recounts a near-blessed upbringing, all but demanding that Madge’s family take its own richly deserved bow." Full Review

London Theatre

"I wish only that the play concealed rather more neatly its undeniably stirring polemic, so that we remain invested in Effie as a character and not merely a symbol of societal disregard." Full Review

London Theatre

"'The Clinic' may not be the tidiest play you’ve ever seen but, among the current spate of early-autumn openings, it is easily the most entertaining." Full Review

London Theatre

"Kesting charges through regardless, taking the audience with him in a performance that is fiery yet fragile, intimate yet charged with the outsized power of something epic." Full Review

London Theatre

"Engaging and vital at some moments, flat and curiously lacking in impact at others. ... 'Tempest' suffused with visual japery but only intermittently in touch with the lasting and immutable magic that exists within the play itself." Full Review

The Arts Desk

"Woof from a show not yet quite there but giving off every sign of continued life with a bit of care and grooming. After all, if cats can have nine lives, don't these Dalmatians deserve at least one more?" Full Review

Closer (London)
Hammersmith
London Theatre

"The gathering nihilism of this play has always been a challenge, and the brilliance of Marber’s own approach to his text was to monitor throughout the wounded hearts that lay beneath the savagery and hurt. ...Hunt’s performance remains the take-away topic of the night, even as the play around her this time out seems wrongly titled: this is 'Closer' presented as if it were actually titled Further." Full Review

The Arts Desk

You could argue that the climax doesn't quite deliver the anticipated pay-off and that the narrative contortions carry on a beat too far. [Dumezweni 's] performance is a standout that is likely to register, and resonate, for some considerable while to come. Full Review

Jitney (London)
Southwark
London Theatre

At times, you can feel the play’s mechanics grinding a tad obviously ... [but] the cast to a man delivers. Jitney is very much worth the ride. Full Review

London Theatre

The first act takes a while to crank into gear, and Hodge doesn’t always accommodate some of the show’s visual riffs ... to a cast who rarely seem to inhabit the same play. Full Review

The Arts Desk

But there's no denying that Latif, Meikle and their colleagues do a challenging play proud, and that the plural of the title will surely encourage renewed attention, and compassion, towards the Marys Seacole around us in our world right now. Full Review

Scandaltown (London)
Hammersmith
London Theatre

You’ll smile plenty during the overlong 2 and a half hours, but after a while, the grin may start to congeal as you are left wishing for something more. Full Review

London Theatre

From a raspy, outspoken paterfamilias riddled with Parkinson’s (Robert Lindsay, in superb form) on down through the generations, Alexis Zegerman’s play offers an assemblage in feverish thrall to bitterness, frustration, and – in one especially telling case – unreciprocated passion. Full Review

Clybourne Park (London)
Finsbury Park
London Theatre

This may not be a play for the squeamish in our trigger-happy times, but it remains about as smart as they come. Full Review

The Woods
Elephant and Castle
London Theatre

But the 75 minutes or so to that point make for a real slog, and Francesca Carpanini, the gifted American actress here marking her London debut, deserves better next time round. Full Review

A Number (Old Vic)
Southwark
The Arts Desk

James brilliantly locates that landscape in the play where language leaves off and grief and remorse take over. I left the theatre punchdrunk with admiration at the embrace of human mystery. Full Review

Habeas Corpus
Southwark
London Theatre

Marber’s Habeas Corpus, initially intended for the season of work that was cancelled due to lockdown, turns out to be a hit-and-miss affair. You never doubt the guiding intelligence on view, but you’re equally aware of the many moments that don’t land. Full Review

London Theatre

The actors are all terrific, the fiercely electric Mugnaioni especially so in a role that makes full use of his singularly springy energy...What issues I have come from a feeling that Lee’s provocative structure doesn’t deliver fully on its promise... Full Review