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Review: The Little Foxes, Les Gémeaux, Paris

Posted on 06 April 2014 by Billy Barrett

The plot of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play The Little Foxes (given the French title La Vipère here) is pure soap. Foxes or vipers, the Hubbards are not a family you want to be born into. Ben and Oscar are wealthy Southern aristocrats looking for a third investor to expand their enterprise and, their sister Regina not having inherited a share […]

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Review: So Lonely, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Junges Theater

Posted on 16 March 2014 by Andrew Haydon

Back to Gaußstraße, and to the same odd little arts-industrial estate as Thalia Gaußstraße, for a performance by the young people’s theatre of Deutsches Schauspielhaus, which is currently awaiting a new, purpose-built stage across the road (you mean, this isn’t it? This one is pretty impressive…) . So Lonely is an adaptation for stage of Per […]

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Review: Hamlet, Les Gémeaux, Paris

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Billy Barrett

David Bobee’s Russian Hamlet is, among other things, a strong argument for age-appropriate casting. While in Britain we like our Princes of Denmark to be ‘accomplished’ actors (read ’30 and above’), this man in black is defiantly juvenile, careering round the stage with adolescent abandon in a pair of skinny jeans and a trendy haircut. […]

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Review: The Raven, Bouffes du Nord

Posted on 14 February 2014 by Billy Barrett

Bouffes du Nord’s The Raven is like a bad acid trip in suburbia. A sky-blue flat with a window onto a residential street sits in the theatre’s crumbling proscenium – the first sign that directors Jan Speckenbach and Charlotte Hellekant aren’t going with a traditional vision of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic poem. Next, the words […]

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