Author: Joseph Winer

Review of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic

Good versus evil. Truth versus lies. Free will versus actions determined by the circumstances of our existence. These are the dichotomies that Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train puts up against each other, whilst exploring the injustices and complexities of the American justice system. Whilst Angel Cruz (Ukweli Roach) is locked up in prison for a murder accusation after he shoots a cult leader, Lucius Jenkins (Oberon K.A. Adjepong) is serving time for …

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Twelfth Night at Wilton’s Music Hall | Review

The Watermill Theatre re-imagines Twelfth Night in the 1920s Jazz scene, as twin siblings Viola and Sebastian are separated at sea, and comedy ensues with romance, music and mistaken identity. Paul Hart’s production might not justify the infatuation that so soaks the text, but set on the gorgeous stage of Wilton’s Music Hall, it certainly finds the comedy, and, at times, evokes a genuine pity. Before that famous opening line of ‘If music be the …

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Utility at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review

Utility feels like one of those plays where it claims to do a whole bunch of things that it doesn’t quite do in practice. Set in Texas, Amber (Robyn Addison) and her on/off husband Chris (Robert Lonsdale) can barely pay their bills, and Amber just wants to throw a nice birthday party for her eight-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, her mother Laura (Jackie Clune) seems to be criticising everything she does and her brother-in-law Jim (Matt Sutton) …

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Review of Hair at the Vaults Theatre London

Fifty years since the premiere of the musical Hair, the show is revived in a new production, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. The show first opened in the West End in 1968, a day after the theatrical censorship laws were revoked. Taking the form of a rock musical, the show centres around a tribe of American hippies in the 1960s sexual revolution, with a heavy focus on race, sexuality and religion. Within the Vaults, tin cans …

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5-star Buzz: A New Musical at the Drayton Arms – Review

‘Can you imagine popping down to your GP to get fingered?’ And that’s the sort of shock-factor which Buzz presents. Told via the unpolished, far-from-perfect mediums of musical theatre, Buzz practically parodies the styles and conventions to present this hilarious, random and, at the heart of it all, educational piece of female empowerment, by teaching that no woman needs a man to keep her satisfied as, after all, ‘No one knows a woman like herself’. …

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