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Observer critics' best of the festival

Theatre by Susannah Clapp

No 2 Toa Fraser's tale of Fijian family life is acted by the versatile Madeleine Sami at the Assembly Rooms. (0131 226 2428)

Voices Jeroen Willems gives a dynamic denunciation of the modern world. Traverse (0131 228 1404) Review below

Decky Does a Bronco Grid Iron's terrific playground show left Edinburgh on Saturday, but is embarking on a Scottish tour. (07733 260358)

Comedy by Sam Taylor

Noble and Silver Oblique, absurd and utterly dry, the comedy of this new duo is so leftfield it's barely in the park at all. You'll either love it or really, really hate it. Gilded Balloon

A Man of Substance in a World of Filth Andrew Clover's original, turbo-charged one-man show, in which he plays a mad scholar who thinks that he's the reincarnation of Jonathan Swift. Gilded Balloon

Omid Djalili Old-fashioned charm, jokes with punchlines, incredible energy, and an eye-opening slant on racial issues from this Anglo-Iranian superstar manqué. Pleasance

Music by Fiona Maddocks

Boulez 2000/London Symphony Orchestra The last in the LSO's series with Pierre Boulez. Works by Eotvos, Ligeti and Bartók. Usher Hall, 7.30pm tonight

Ensemble Modern This virtuoso group return to Edinburgh with two popular works by Steve Reich from the 1970s, Drumming Part 1 and Music for 18 Musicians . Playhouse, Fri and Sat

Dance by Jann Parry

Nederlands Dans Theater Director Jiri Kylian's farewell season with all three NDT companies from The Hague. NDT1 performs his early works, with the Czech Philharmonic and Sir Charles Mackerras in the pit. Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Playhouse

Aria Spinta by Déjà Donné Production Multinational cast from the Czech Republic perform in overdrive. Anarchic, funny, surprisingly skilled. St Bride's Centre. (0131 346 1405)


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