Review: Rhys Maliphant in Desperate Liaisons with the Oxford Revue

Much like the title of the performance itself, the atmosphere at Keble O’Reilly Theatre on Thursday night seems at first really, really desperate. A bunch of people desperately waiting for an elating night; a presenter desperately trying his best to engage with the limited audience. Unfortunately, things don’t really change when the ‘poet’ Rhys Maliphant […]

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Review: Toby Mather in Desperate Liaisons with the Oxford Revue

Toby Mather’s act is a performance that occupies a territory somewhere between theatre and comedy; it is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of highly original comedy that both amuses and intrigues. Mather assumes the persona of a melancholic middle class male, swigging from a bottle of claret, lamenting the woes of his private school upbringing, of […]

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Preview: Dr Faustus

Demons, devils, and black magic; Marlowe’s Faustus is no light-hearted comedy. It’s ambitious stuff for students to undertake, and the play’s grandiose themes and supernatural setting create a lot of potential for disaster. Thankfully, this production has a strong lead, careful and meticulous direction, and will be staged at the magnificent Christ Church cathedral gardens […]

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Review: The Seagull

Chekhov’s play The Seagull can easily be staged as a Puccini-esque 19th Century melodrama moving between affected solo arias and perfectly orchestrated chorus scenes  (as the unfortunately successful 1898 production by Stanislavsky demonstrated). Luckily for Chekhov (and for us) Blanche McIntyre’s production makes none of these mistakes. At first sight, the play revolves around a […]

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More than just Some Funny – Review: Some Funny

The programme features a pixellated, slightly out-of-focus jester – but there’s nothing fuzzy about this sketch show. On the contrary, it is razor-sharp and incredibly quick. The packed Burton Taylor (full to the extent that several theatregoers were turned away at the door) was testament to the group’s skilful advertising, and it soon became obvious […]

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