Category Archives: All reviews

Review: One Man, Two Guvnors

In some ways this is the least necessary review you’ll read on this blog, given that ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ has already proved itself a star of the 2011 scene.  It gathered a clutch of 5-star reviews for its extended … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned at Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong

OK, you’re probably not going there anytime soon.  But it was such a surprisingly poor offering in such a fine hotel that I’m driven to mention it.  Let me first give you an example of their splendid customer service.  I’d … Continue reading

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Review: ‘State of Wonder’ by Ann Patchett

In some of the 1980s and some of the 90s, whenever anyone asked me what my favourite book was, I’d tell them it was Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.  And we’d often then get into a conversation about how the … Continue reading

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Review: The 10 Cases, Endell Street, WC2

When I speak at conferences for the day job, I am often sent a post-hoc bouquet of flowers for my trouble. But sometimes the budgets are bigger, and the gifts more elaborate. Once I got handed a briefcase in an … Continue reading

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Review: The Pitmen Painters, Duchess Theatre, 25 October 2011

You know that moment in a gallery where you stare at a splashy daub on a canvas and you think to yourself the more generous version of ‘I could do that’?  That is: ‘maybe I could have a go at … Continue reading

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Rebooting

During a spacious moment yesterday, I worked out that we’ve seen about 100 plays and shows since last writing this blog.  Got to admit that the tally has been inflated by the Bush Theatre’s extraordinary ’66 Books’ – the 24-hour … Continue reading

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Review: Political Mother by Hofesh Shechter, Sadler’s Wells, 15 July 2011

Hofesh Shechter is a rock star.  I mean this kind of literally.  A fierce drummer by background, he excels at yelling incoherent lyrics at a crowd standing hypnotized in adulation, like fans listening to a ballad at a rock concert. … Continue reading

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