Reviews

Busybody

Busybody was originally written in 1964 as a vehicle for one of that era’s leading comic actresses, Irene Handl. Motives for murder abound and everyone is a suspect. A detective superintendent is plagued by two busybodies, a corpse that vanishes…
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The Pajama Game

This musical, based on the 1953 novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell, deals with labour troubles in a pajama-making factory, where workers’ demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe,…
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Theft

On a particularly warm and sunny evening, a hardy few theatre-goers ventured to see this well-written play and sat fanning ourselves with programmes, leaflets, other people’s hands etc. The story is that two middle-class couples have gone out to dinner…
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Twelfth Night

English literature students pore over Twelfth Night in preparation for their final exams, while scholars in Oxbridge colleges and plate-glass Midwest universities tell us that the play is anything from a study in anarchy to a commentary on social divisions…
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Miss Julie

Historical theatre doesn’t always make good contemporary theatre and to speak plainly, this play’s a struggle. It’s rarely been off the stage since its first production in 1889 and various great directors and actors have had a ball getting their…
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The Bed Before Yesterday

Somewhat to my surprise, I find that this play originated as recently as 1975, yet it has the nostalgic feel of an older production. When I further realised that the playwright, Ben Travers, was 89 at the time of the…
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