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Angels in America: “an impactful experience”

The first reaction to any adaptation of Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America’ is one of awe. Aside from its Pulitzer-winning status, the show is known for its length: the whole thing takes seven and a half hour in total. Andrew Garfield, when playing Prior on Broadway, conceded to hopes of never having to work as Read More…

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Hero-Man: “a bizarre and bad-mannered comic musical”

Pendulum Productions’ Hero-Man is a bizarre and bad-mannered comic musical about the eponymous hero, played by Reef Ronel: an ultra-macho defender of the realm who defeats evil antagonist Joel Fernandez’s Reknaw on a weekly basis. Hero-Man is assisted by Martin Lindill as Tim, and his canine pal Zap, played by Sarah Davies, who throw their Read More…

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Shadows of Troy: “an epic theatrical experience”

Shadows of Troy brings to Oxford brand new adaptions of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides and Ajax by Sophocles rolled into one epic theatrical experience. It commences with the Euripides. As Greek ships wait to sail over the sea to storm Troy, Kalchas the seer augurs that the winds will arrive only if Iphigenia, the general’s Read More…

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Measure for Measure review: “A whirlwind of corruption and office intrigue”

This staging of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure from student production company Not The Way Forward Productions looks forwards to the future with a majority-female cast in 80s power suits, lending a Vienna thrown into chaos an intriguing corporate edge (overflowing waste paper baskets and tipped-over chairs abound).  The play witnesses a ruthless Angelo tasked with Read More…

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Review: The Pillowman

The Pillowman is a 2003 play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, a darkly satirical narrative that focuses on a writer (Katurian) and her brother (Michal) who are kept in custody by two sinister policemen after a series of child murders that echo Katurian’s own twisted tales. With its heavy emphasis on child killing and police Read More…

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Review: Merrily We Roll Along

In Plato’s ‘Republic’, Socrates tells Cephalus, ‘They say for the rich there are many consolations.’ The Goya Theatre’s production of Merrily We Roll Along provides the antithesis. The play/musical follows the lives of a group of people that eventually break through in the entertainment industry, firstly at Broadway and then perhaps, drearily predictably, in Hollywood, Read More…