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for a previous production "Stage veterans Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins play a long-married couple facing their final curtain in the latest English-language export from French literary star Florian Zeller." Full Review
for a previous production "Warchus consistently tweaks the material to make it more theatrical than cinematic...Minchin's songs are fizzy and jazzy, but not always up there with his sardonic, self-aware, verbally virtuosic best...That said, there are enough flashes of Minchin's musical and lyrical genius to save 'Groundhog Day' from sliding into middlebrow banality...They have neither ruined nor reinvented a classic modern fairy tale, but they have given it a fresh coat of paint and a lusty new spring in its step." Full Review
for a previous production "A compact one-act affair that adds little to Churchill's reputation for stylistic innovation...All the same, this elegant ensemble piece is a charming blend of brevity and levity…Even within its concise running time, ‘Escaped Alone’ drifts a little…‘Escaped Alone’ is a minor late work from a major dramatist, but it still stands out as one of Churchill's funniest plays to date...Its message may be vague and insubstantial, but the all-female cast shares a warm, easy, engaging chemistry." Full Review
for a previous production "Dense, rich and surprisingly serious about the business of monarchy, 'King Charles III' barely falters...Consistently amusing and impressively even-handed. It does not pillory the Windsors for easy laughs, but nor is it a veiled apology for royalty either. Instead, it artfully exposes the impossible dilemma of monarchy in the 21st century." Full Review
for a previous production "Director Jeremy Herrin’s six-hour marathon of bed-hopping, back-stabbing Tudor tyranny opens like 'House of Cards' and ends like 'Game of Thrones'. Heavy on dialogue and low on technical trickery, the treatment is fairly straight and conservative, but full of quality craftsmanship throughout...After a light first half, this masterful six-hour banquet ends with a highly satisfying main course." Full Review
for a previous production "There are nagging weaknesses in this three-hours-plus psychodrama that detract from the sweaty, malignant, wrenching emotional intensity of O'Neill's poetry-drenched prose...Much of the blame lies with the casting of Irons...Tyrone is no one-dimensional tyrant but a flawed, disappointed patriarch...Thankfully, Manville is far more compelling...She blows Irons off the stage...A rich feast of a production which is only partially ruined by having a thick slice of boiled ham at its center." Full Review
for a previous production "Close gives great diva…There is tragic desperation behind her brittle bravado…However, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ also features too many of Lloyd Webber’s more workmanlike tunes…This show feels weighed down with syrupy bombast and flat-footed motifs…Oddly, all of this actually feels more dated than Wilder’s film, which was written 50 years before, but contained far more nuance and irony. A more adventurous creative team might have found a way to tease out a little more moral ambiguity." Full Review
for a previous production "Rourke's respectful revival is a handsome and mirthful affair, albeit low on sex or surprises...For a play so steeped in sex, Rourke's revival is oddly chaste...Overall, these liaisons feel a little low on danger for a story so deeply rooted in dark, destructive passions. Thankfully, Hampton's rapier-witted dialogue saves the day, adding verbal Viagra to the action onstage, even when the cast cannot quite rise to the occasion." Full Review
for a previous production "'A Streetcar Named Desire' remains an American classic, and Andrews rightly approaches it with gravitas and grit. But in a world where feminism, gay rights and post-modern parodies on 'The Simpsons' are now ingrained in popular culture, the feverish netherworld that Williams depicts perhaps inevitably feels more like shrill melodrama than groundbreaking drama. Fortunately, Blanche is the saving grace here, a hugely alluring car-crash heroine in any decade." Full Review
for a previous production "'American Psycho' ends with an audacious romantic twist not in the original book - albeit romance tempered with heavy irony... Did they perhaps intend some kind of topical commentary on the current climate of Wall Street villainy? If so, then it's disappointingly opaque. All the same, there is much to savor in this sense-swamping, talent-rich adaptation. Yesterday's controversial cult novel becomes today's all-singing, all-dancing crowd-pleaser." Full Review