Matt Wolf

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Reviews (104)
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

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

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

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

Indecent Proposal
Elephant and Castle
London Theatre

Every one of the cast deftly fields a dense play, with Molly Osborne and Alexandra Silber both in radiant form as the couple at often grievous odds with their surroundings. Full Review

The Arts Desk

...no amount of advance prep can equal the modern-day force of nature that is Arinzé Kene. Not so much playing Bob as summoning his very being, this protean talent looks to be every bit as invaluable to the launch of this show as Adrienne Warren was to Tina. Full Review

The Arts Desk

Instead, as Parks's cunning title suggests, the play refracts race, and racism, through the dynamics of the quartet on view - each of which consists of a white and a black partner... Full Review

Camp Siegfried
Southwark
The Arts Desk

A stealthily powerful play gets the production of its dreams in Camp Siegfried, which marks a high-profile UK presence for the American writer Bess Wohl. Full Review

London Theatre

The production finds new value in the word “ensemble” in what is possibly the best acted Menier staging since Patrick Marber’s magnificent reclamation of Travesties five years ago. Every one of the cast deftly fields a dense play, with Molly Osborne and Alexandra Silber both ... radiant. Full Review

Oleanna
West End
London Theatre

...David Mamet’s supremely discomfiting play about power politics and academe that has been freshly revived by the director Lucy Bailey. Full Review

London Theatre

...the Globe’s new production of a time-honoured tragedy that here has been so textually butchered that it often feels as if you’re getting the outtakes of Shakespeare’s play rather than the work itself. Full Review

London Theatre

You feel as if each of these plays contains even more than their allotted time permits and emerge from the Lyric ready not just to take in the neighbourhood anew but also that little bit wiser about the world. Full Review

London Theatre

Whatever the reason, this is the most powerful Happy Days I’ve experienced in multiple encounters with this play, dating back to the great Irene Worth at New York’s Public Theater back in the day. Full Review

Raya
Hampstead
London Theatre

The result, under the careful eye of the Hampstead’s artistic director Roxana Silbert, is a tantalising portrait of damage of varying degrees as it afflicts people keen to move forward even as they keep getting pulled towards a grievous past. Full Review

The Arts Desk

for a previous production Warchus enveloped a bustling production within the embrace of an audience held rapt at every turn. Composer and arranger Christopher Nightingale (a current Tony Award nominee for his score for this show) merits the highest praise. 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

"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

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

London Theatre

Put another way, The Shark is Broken has a freewheeling quality ready-made for Festival high spirits after a pint or two. But both the writing and acting need no small degree of fine-tuning if this is to go the full commercial distance. Full Review

London Theatre

Basia Binkowska['s] ... set is a genuine thing of wonder. Lynn’s over insistence on proving a point had got the better of her instincts as a dramatist. It’s been a long time since I’ve encountered quite so uncompromising a vision. Full Review

East Is East
Waterloo
London Theatre

The first act in this iteration seems largely to mark time. Happily, the second and longer half ups the ante. Apart from all the “tickle tackle” chat, the play continues to resonate in its depiction, as timely now as then. Full Review

Is God Is (Royal Court )
Sloane Square
London Theatre

The performances have the collective fire in the belly that is called for as they wend their way through various witty Chloe Lamford sets. The play goes heavy on the carnage if not on a sense of respite achieved along the way. Full Review

London Theatre

for a previous production None of the jump-scare moments rival the frissons I recall from ... the likes of The Woman in Black, but 2:22 A Ghost Story to its credit has far more on its mind. Full Review

Anna X
West End
London Theatre

Whatever [Anna X's] onward trajectory, Charlton’s wily examination of self-invention in our fractured digital age is served to the hilt and beyond by a staging from Daniel Raggett that marks out this young director as someone to watch. Full Review

J'Ouvert
West End
The Arts Desk

It's all but impossible not to feel the sheer joy in performance imparted by Gabrielle Brooks and Sapphire Joy, playing Londoners who have converged in 2017 on the Notting Hill festivities at the j'ouvert of the title, i.e. the official start of Carnival. Full Review

Staircase
Elephant and Castle
London Theatre

The problem here is one of tone: at least as of press night, the actors haven’t yet found a way to lighten the bitchery so as to allow glimpses of the affection that has seen them through bumps before and will surely do so again. You also feel as if the whole could be funnier than it is. Full Review

Under Milk Wood
Waterloo
The Arts Desk

I'm not sure Under Milk Wood will ever resemble whatever it is that we mean by a proper play, but this wonderful actor [Michael Sheen] ensures every minute of the way that it is an experience. Full Review

Cruise (London)
West End
London Theatre

for a previous production A paean to a sybaritic Soho of a vanished era, Cruise namechecks the bars and, well, cruising locales of an earlier era, while the music encompasses Gloria Gaynor and Patsy Cline and many others besides. Full Review

The Arts Desk

We live for now in socially distanced times, but the collective skills of these musicians, not to mention their cast, prove capable of crossing even the most pandemic-intensive divide. Full Review