The Break Arts Theatre, Friday 6th October 2017 Seen in a rehearsed reading on the set of the current main house production, ‘The Toxic Avenger’, Katy Lipson’s Aria Entertainments presented a bigger outing than usual for this script sent to her during the last submissions round for the ‘From Page To Stage’. And, indeed, unlike […]
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Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is to host the European premiere of Little Women the musical. Little Women follows the adventures of the four March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy. Jo, the eldest daughter, and an aspiring writer, receives yet another rejection from a publisher. When her friend Professor Bhaer tells Jo she can do […]
I’m delighted to say that I’m already booked to go back and have another session with Tick Tick BOOM!, and its fascinating aesthetic conundrums, later in the run. It is the kind of production that rewards such attention.
this is the ‘must-see’ show of the moment, with a glamorous audience hurrying to get in on the fun. And, yes, ultimately it keeps its promises. All of them.
Connor’s score owes a considerable debt to Sondheim, but, that said, it treads in very interesting paths. Complex and intricate, the melodies and harmonies reward careful listening, but there is no danger of a “hummable tune” for the most part, even though individual numbers and vocal lines are quite beguiling, instantly enjoyable.
Christian James is a wonderful Pinocchio. He completely captures the sense of the character’s otherness and separation (being living wood) as well as a newcomer’s desire to explore and a child’s desire to rebel. The sequence where he learns about lying and his nose growing is genuinely delightful, as is the way he quickly shaves […]
There really is nothing wrong with any individual performance—every actor has crafted a fully formed 3 dimensional character with excellent comedic timing. But the energy of the piece overall is simply stagnant, ironic considering the river allusions that clang around Marina Carr’s script.
It’s a simple enough formula, but with Times Square Angel is doesn’t quite work. Described as a “hard-boiled Christmas fantasy” you can’t help but get the feeling that many of the cast are performing in a different show altogether.