Author: Loretta Monaco


Cougar at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review

Rose Lewenstein’s Cougar is an engaging philosophical play about the ennui of human existence and the repetitive exercise of joyless living. It reveals itself through the actions of its two characters, Leila (Charlotte Randle) an investment strategist with a huckster’s sales pitch – that of reducing global carbon emissions while maximising corporate profits – and John (Mike Noble), recently fired from his job as a hotel worker, who accompanies Leila on a world-wind tour of …

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Losing Venice at The Orange Tree Theatre | Review

‘The marriage bed’s a trough of shit fit for pigs to lie in it,’ says Quevedo (Christopher Logan), a poet in 17th Century Spain and brutal cynic of all things associated with the human condition: love, passion, hunger and the quest for domination and power. He’s speaking as a subject of the Spanish Court, which is already in decline but hanging onto its past victories as a conquering nation. And how best for a marauding …

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5-star Gatsby: presented by Ruby in the Dust

There is something to be said about the skill it takes to adapt a famous novel, such as The Great Gatsby, produce it in an intimate space and create a piece of theatre so fresh and innovative that it succeeds where big budget films have failed in the past. From the moment you are seated in the speakeasy that is Lunar Park, with a rope of pearls carelessly strewn across your table, you are transported …

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Review of Strindberg’s Women at Jermyn Street Theatre

Strindberg’s Women, a presentation of two short plays by August Strindberg – Storm and The Stronger – allows us to revisit dramatic writings of such a sophisticated power as to cross the boundaries of time, race, social class and gender. One need only to bask in the philosophical musings of Storm which, at its core, is a falling away of love, hate, possession, jealousy – all the trappings of pride, youth and virility – in …

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A Haunting by Nathan Lucky Wood – Review

Every once in awhile, the theatre produces a gemstone of such raw energy as to shake-up ancient truths about who we are and what it is that we fail to communicate. ‘A Haunting’, written by Nathan Lucky Wood, directed by Jennifer Davis and produced by Ellen Buckley, is such a play. Set on the night of Halloween, it propels us into an alternate online world where the unspeakable is spoken in half sentences that hint at forbidden desire …

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