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In Real Life

Reviewed by , August 15, 2015

Ever since video games became a mainstay of popular culture, and then a dominant one, they have attracted a passion as powerful as the kneejerk criticism that inevitably followed their rise. This play provides a newer perspective of four gamers getting deep into a massively multi-player game and finding that the real world still has a hold they cannot ignore.

Considering that popular culture is just beginning to shed the old arcade game stereotypes of the medium, this play is a more nuanced story about gamers as it’s written by one. What we have is a humorous milder …

Romeo and Juliet

Reviewed by , July 23, 2015

There have been a bazillion and one productions of Romeo and Juliet over the year. It’s arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous play, and sometimes companies go a little overboard trying to be unique in their presentation. Troubadour Theatre Collective’s production of Romeo and Juliet, running at the London Roundhouse, straddles that line effectively — modernizing the play whilst staying true to its roots in an overall enjoyable presentation.

[Note: webmaster Peter Janes is the producer of this play.]

This is not your grandfather’s Romeo


Reviewed by , July 10, 2015

The danger of adapting plays from literary works is that the mental experience of reading a book is substantially different from the physical experience of a performance. Ironically, it’s dialogue that is often the problem, particularly when the playwright has an affinity for the source material: a paragraph or two of exposition isn’t much to process, but those same two paragraphs as a speech can send a play to a screeching halt.

Funeral Pyre Theatre’s Dracula, adapted by Liam Grunté from the Bram Stoker novel, lurches along more like Frankenstein’s monster. It’s not bad—a rock opera adaptation I saw in …

London Fringe 16: Opening weekend reviews

Reviewed by , , , , , , , and , June 13, 2015

Theatre in London’s team of volunteer reviewers is ready to see and review every show in the 2015 London Fringe before the end of the opening weekend. (By Sunday morning, in fact.) Each review will initially be posted to the Fringe website, and they’ll all be archived here after the festival ends. They’ll also be in this week’s edition of The London Yodeller, along with their own coverage. Keep an eye on @theatreinlondon and the #ldnfringe hashtag on social media.…

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Reviewed by , June 11, 2015

The creative process and its element of inspiration can be elusive, and the lure of cliche character is always an unconscious attraction to fall into. The play is an enjoyably surreal illustration of that idea as stock character meets writer and both find a way to be more than either on their terms.

I came into this play expecting a rip-off of the film Ruby Sparks, and had my expectations pleasingly upended. Instead, I was treated to a wonderfully eccentric character story about creativity that challenges all the stereotypes of fiction for its own observations. In doing so, it is able to poke fun at and …