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Glengarry Glen Ross – The Playhouse (18 December 2017)

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I can’t decide if I don’t like David Mamet, or I’ve just never seen a really good production. There’s a style to the dialogue that I just don’t feel I’ve seen given a fair treatment. There’s a lot to commend in this one. And, enough pace and laughs to take you along quite happily. BUT. But, I feel like there’s something missing.

I can sit through all the heavily declamatory productions of Shakespeare you’d care to mention. Yet, still when a performance or take on it (like the recent Hamlet) brings it to life, I feel short-changed. That I’ve been making allowances for the age of the material. That it should still speak and not allow unnatural delivery as how it should be done.

And so, with dick-swinging-Dave. There’s a pace, a rhythm. I’m just not sure I’ve ever seen it. (Even on film. Maybe time to revisit this one’s movie version.)

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Written by Tony Kiernan

19 December 2017 at 9:30 am

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Daniel Kitson: Work In Progress – Battersea Arts Centre (25 October 2015)

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A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order. Even his WiP shows are magical. Wish I’d seen them all, can’t wait for the finalised version [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

26 October 2017 at 9:39 am

A Woman of No Importance – Vaudeville Theatre (23 October 2017)

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A production tonally all over the place to the extent it does the talented cast and the text a serious disservice [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

24 October 2017 at 11:37 am

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Apologia – Trafalgar Studios (17 October 2014)

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A well acted family drama. Plenty laughs. And, (the real) Rizzo! [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 October 2017 at 10:40 am

King Lear – Shakespeare’s Globe (14 October 2014)

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One of those productions where you think “ah, that’s what this is all about…” Great acting. Show stolen by Saskia Reeves as Clark Kent [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

15 October 2017 at 11:39 am

Prism – Hampstead Theatre (9 October 2017)

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Citizen Smith as cinematographer Jack Cardiff. An affectionate and clever (if ultimately shallow) portrait of the artist as an old man [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

10 October 2017 at 4:55 pm

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – Duke of York’s (24 August 2017)

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Simply one of the most joyous pieces of theatre I have seen for many years. Shame this is the end of the run, I’d love to experience it again [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

25 August 2017 at 10:17 am

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