mon 22/07/2024

Reviews

Red Speedo, Orange Tree Theatre review - two versions of American values slug it out

Helen Hawkins

Before Lucas Hnath wrote Red Speedo, he had heard a 2004 speech at a hearing investigating baseball doping that declared the practice “un-American”. That started him thinking about the concept of fairness.

Album: Kevin Fowley - À Feu Doux

Kieron Tyler

“Ne pleure pas, Jeannette” is a version of the 15th-century French song "La pernette se lève." It tells the story of Jeannette, whose parents want her to marry into the gentry or royalty. She, however, is in love with Pierre. He is in prison. She vows to be hanged at the same time he is. In France, “Ne pleure pas, Jeannette” is a nursery rhyme. Versions have been recorded by Les Compagnons De La Chanson and French children’s TV favourite Dorothée.

In A Violent Nature review - inverted slasher is...

Harry Thorfinn-George

A group of young people rent a cabin in the woods. A masked killer lingers nearby. Surely you know how the rest unfolds. The slasher and its well-...

Music Reissues Weekly: Barry Ryan - The Albums...

Kieron Tyler

In April 1985, The Damned’s Dave Vanian was speaking with Janice Long on her BBC Radio 1 show. He said “Barry Ryan and Paul Ryan have been sadly...

ECHO, LIFT 2024, Royal Court review - enriching...

Helen Hawkins

The Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is many things, some seemingly contradictory: a) a clever, poetic playwright who uses high-tech elements...

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Crossing review - a richly human journey of discovery

Tom Birchenough

Levan Akin offers a masterfully observational perspective on Georgian, Turkish worlds

First Night of the Proms, BBCSO, Chan review - from the sublime to the mischievously meticulous

Rachel Halliburton

Exhilarating start to the Proms with Isata Kanneh-Mason's performance as highlight

The Hot Wing King, National Theatre review - high kitchen-stove comedy, with sides of drama

Tom Birchenough

Katori Hall is back in her native Memphis with an exuberant ensemble piece

Janet Planet review - teasing dissection of a mother-daughter relationship

Helen Hawkins

Annie Baker impressively transfers her subtle theatrical skills to the screen

Hello, Dolly!, London Palladium review - Imelda Staunton makes every line a deal-broker

David Nice

Operettaish bitter-sweetness raised to the sublime in a miracle of perfect timing

Ellen McWilliams: Resting Places - On Wounds, War and the Irish Revolution review - finding art in the inarticulable

Issy Brooks-Ward

A violent history finds a home in this impressionistic blend of literary criticism and memoir

The Baker's Wife, Menier Chocolate Factory review - loving reappraisal doesn't entirely, well, rise

Matt Wolf

An imperfect show arrives boasting a quasi-immersive charm

Chuck Chuck Baby review - love among the feathers

Graham Fuller

Louise Brealey and Annabel Scholey shine in a working-class musical romance

ll Segreto di Susanna/Pagliacci, Opera Holland Park review - on with the motley, out with the fags

Boyd Tonkin

An intriguing comic partner for the great backstage melodrama

Claire Messud: This Strange Eventful History review - home is where the heart was

India Lewis

A brutally honest and epic narrative follows a family doomed to wander the earth

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2024 - youth, experience and old mastery on the highest level

David Nice

The three conductor Järvis - Neeme and sons Paavo and Kristjan - run the gamut

The Jetty, BBC One review - lowlife in a Northern town

Adam Sweeting

Jenna Coleman stars in a dark tale of abuse and exploitation

Hannah Berner, Netflix Special - sex, politics and relationships

Veronica Lee

First stand-up special for American social media star

More Than One Story review - nine helpings of provocative political theatre

Helen Hawkins

Cardboard Citizens shine an unforgiving light on poverty in the UK

Music Reissues Weekly: Atlanta - Hotbed of 70s Soul

Kieron Tyler

Despite being bankrolled by ‘The Scarface of Sex’, GRC is one of America's great soul labels

Visit from an Unknown Woman, Hampstead Theatre review - slim, overly earthbound slice of writer's angst

Helen Hawkins

Christopher Hampton's love of Stefan Zweig's text becomes a drawback

Longlegs review - like its titular killer, this summer's most hyped horror film leaves no trace

Harry Thorfinn-George

A white-knuckle experience, but not much more, despite Nicolas Cage on familiar form

Album: Chris Cohen - Paint a Room

Kieron Tyler

Former Deerhoof man fashions a shimmering gem

theartsdesk at the Buxton International Festival - power and glory in early Verdi

Robert Beale

An enjoyable surprise in ingenious Handel oratorio staging

Sleep review - things that go bump in the night

Adam Sweeting

Weird nocturnal phenomena threaten couple's marital bliss

Fly Me to the Moon review - NASA gets a Madison Avenue makeover

Adam Sweeting

How politics and propaganda drove America's race into space

MaXXXine review - a bloody star is born

Nick Hasted

Mia Goth's horror final girl goes to Eighties Hollywood in Ti West's trashy, sly sequel

Grud, Hampstead Theatre review - sparky investigation of a geeky friendship

Helen Hawkins

Two awkward science nerds and a violent alcoholic father are oddly likeable company

Skeleton Crew, Donmar Warehouse review - slow burn that satisfyingly catches fire

Helen Hawkins

A fine cast spell out the cost of survival in today's ailing industries

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