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Joyce’s Women review – Edna O’Brien’s powerful play is a fascinating portrait of a fellow writer
O’Brien’s empathy for Joyce shines through in this lavish production, as she brings him to life, seen through the eyes of his mother, wife, daughter and lover

Helen Meany

23, Sep, 2022 @2:45 PM

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‘I felt a responsibility to get it right’: the male standups using jokes to cope with miscarriage
Even though it affects one in five pregnancies, the loss of a baby is rarely talked about, especially among men. But standups Jacob Hawley and Will Duggan are using comedy to break that taboo

Rachael Healy

23, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Othello review – taut update from the superb Watermill ensemble
An excellent cast animate Karla Marie Sweet’s adaptation with a drilled menace, while contemporary songs are employed to remarkable effect

Gareth Llŷr Evans

23, Sep, 2022 @12:19 PM

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The Wonderful World of Dissocia review – whimsical and brutal
At first, Anthony Neilson’s play is a bewildering affair, but its sombre aftermath imparts understanding with crushing effect

Arifa Akbar

23, Sep, 2022 @12:09 PM

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Clutch review – drama about driving lessons is a joyful ride
Will Jackson’s endearing two-hander pairs a nervous learner driver with an overbearing instructor

Miriam Gillinson

23, Sep, 2022 @11:20 AM

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Cages review – hologram rock musical is a dreary dystopia
An overreliance on technology and a doomy score can’t replace old-fashioned chemistry in this emotionless offering

Ryan Gilbey

23, Sep, 2022 @10:04 AM

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Antisemitism claims at the Royal Court theatre | Letters
Letters: Caryl Churchill and Dominic Cooke defend the play Seven Jewish Children, and John Pelling recalls plays by Arnold Wesker and Bernard Kops

Letters

22, Sep, 2022 @5:06 PM

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Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy review – serious self-analysis whips up gales of laughter
The standup was planning an altogether sillier show, but life got in the way, resulting in a set that spins grief and loss into an uproarious hour

Brian Logan

22, Sep, 2022 @4:15 PM

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Kim Noble: Lullaby for Scavengers review – strange, tender and endlessly funny
The notorious comic and performance artist explores loneliness and the human/animal divide in an intricately assembled scrapbook show

Brian Logan

22, Sep, 2022 @2:18 PM

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The Prince review – playful romp through Shakespearean roles
YouTube philosopher Abigail Thorn moves offline and on to the stage with an ambitious exploration of identities and the performance of gender

Kate Wyver

22, Sep, 2022 @10:57 AM

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‘We need an intervention’: five ways to fix the Edinburgh festival fringe
Too pricy, too elitist, just too big? After the criticisms of this year’s event, a panel of festival regulars consider the way forward for Edinburgh’s summer spectacular

Rachael Healy

22, Sep, 2022 @10:34 AM

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Othello review – Frantic Assembly’s urgent, thrilling tragedy
This physical, modern-day version is immersed in violence, with gang members vying for sex and authority around a pool table

Mark Fisher

22, Sep, 2022 @9:33 AM

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