Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.” And, indeed, St Hilda’s Drama Society brought style to their production of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 The Importance of being Earnest. Wilde’s play is a tale of deception, social obligation, and farce, that lies somewhere between self-parody and deceptively flippant commentary on society and […]

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Review: The Crucible

✮✮✮✮½ Lily Slater’s rendition of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, expounds upon the anxiety, fears, and grief permeating Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trials. The sense of realism the actors manage to achieve often allows them to transcend their fictional roles and permits their indignation towards the cruelty and injustice endured during those trials to […]

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Review

✮✮✮✮ It’s exactly what it says in the title. Josh Dolphin and Penny Cartwright have adapted (well, not so much “adapted” as transposed) David Foster Wallace’s postmodern collection of short stories for the stage, transforming the prose into a series of blistering monologues, and the result is rather electric. We open on the cast huddled […]

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Potosi Review

✮✮✮ After Richard Parker and The Dumb Waiter last week, it is perhaps easy to make the case that the Burton-Taylor has had enough two-handers focused on male relationships in intimate settings for one term. The third such play on the trot, Potosi marks itself out from these efforts by focusing more on interesting characters […]

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Review: Conscientious

✮✮✮✮ Pillbox Theatre’s debut play Conscientious recounts a young professional’s experience of life in the office and the drama’s that come with it. Largely set in her workplace, this one-woman show provides a moving account of her experience of office bullying and her struggle to survive. Rebekah (Rachel Ashwanden) is a fresh-faced and motivated university […]

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