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Edinburgh Review: The Shape Of Things

This is a simply staged and stunningly acted production of Neil LaBute’s superbly written play that is funny, honest, provocative, and achingly sad. Revolving around the tangled love lives of four American students in a claustrophobic campus town, the script examines the boundaries of art, the constant acts of manipulation and betrayal involved in friendship and in love, and the redemptive significance that a single true moment can have. If you think it sounds a bit worthy, don’t be put off – its also extremely funny and effortlessly watchable, mostly due to a cast who give committed and convincing performances that never strike a false note. Easy to watch, but difficult to forget. Go and see this play.

5/5

This review was originally published here.

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Edinburgh Review: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

At midnight on the night of a full moon, so I’ve heard, a musician can meet the Devil at a crossroads and strike a Faustian bargain for inhuman musical skill. Should this legend be true, then I fear for Dwayne Dopsie’s immortal soul. His infernal skill on the accordion was at the centre of this storming blues gig, and with his slick showmanship and the band’s superb ensemble numbers, the show couldn’t be faulted. They were let down by both the venue, which was all seated, and an audience that seemed sedated – I felt ditching the seats would have helped energise the lukewarm crowd. But in the face of these obstacles, the band played a triumphant set, led by Dopsie’s earthy vocals and truly fiendish accordion playing. Someone better call for a priest.

4/5

This review was originally published here.

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On Neglect

Oops! Edinburgh has been insanely busy, so I’ve been neglecting many things – my health, my friends, my writing, my blog…but here is a bundle of reviews to make up for it…

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