Theatre, Issue 611

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Fiddler on the Roof

21 Aug 2008

This new touring production of the much-loved Jerry Brock musical stars Joe McCann as Tevye, dairyman and father to five headstrong daughters in Czarist Russia, who becomes torn between Jewish tradition and the actions of his family against a backdrop…

365 - One Night to Learn a Lifetime

21 Aug 2008

Shock tactics

With 365, a series of fragmented narratives about children leaving care, Vicky Featherstone’s National Theatre of Scotland cements its commitment to telling stories of the people. Kirstin Innes meets the cast, writer and director. Lunchtime, and…

66a Church Road

21 Aug 20083 stars

Sitting amid an array of suitcases as if he has been thrown out onto the street, Daniel Kitson creates a tragicomic riff on his old flat. At first the imaginative conceit successfully taps into the sentimentality people invest in their homes, but the…

And the Devil May Drag You Under

21 Aug 20083 stars

Diabolical cabaret in which the audience must vote each act into Heaven or Hell based on the purity of said act's soul. Host and hostess the Devil and Miss Mephisto are satanically delightful with their songs and skits, but some of the acts (which range…

Another Kind of Silence

21 Aug 20084 stars

Enviromentalist writer brought to compelling life

If the environmental movement in the US has a progenitor and figurehead it is marine biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson. Her writing and research in the late 1950s/early 1960s brought attention to the then unfashionable issue of conservation…

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Another Side of the Mirror

21 Aug 20084 stars

Lynn Ruth Miller returns to the Fringe to perform another chapter in her fascinating life. Now nearly 75 years old, she presents her memories to us with joy and candour. From anecdotes about her Romanian grandmother to her long battles with illness…

Blue on Blue

21 Aug 20082 stars

The subject of Afghan ambushes is pushed into the realm of cliché in this three-hander. Suffering after a possible friendly-fire incident, an American servicewoman shacks up with a Mujahedin rebel. An engaging performance from Arran Shanti fail to…

The Bulging Seahorse and Other Grey Matters

21 Aug 20083 stars

Root Experience explores the powerful dilemma of knowledge of impending death versus blissful ignorance. Using audience participation to shape certain scenes, the result is both amusing and thought-provoking. However, the plot lacks plausibility and…

Candide

21 Aug 20082 stars

Despite a lively performance from Prentis Hancock as Voltaire, this one-man production fails to catch fire. The biting satire that makes the story so riveting simply doesn't emerge from behind the dialogue-heavy script, and the colourful characters…

The Censor

21 Aug 20083 stars

Hands flicking towards each other's groins, two actors circle one another in the basement office of the film censorship board. Prudishness and sexuality are explored in Anthony Neilson's electrifying text. Unfortunately, the dynamics of the central…

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Devil's Ship

21 Aug 2008

Renowned Iranian actor-director Attila Pesyani, founder of the Bazi Theatre Company, brings his haunting new play to the EIF for its European premier following a successful run at Tehran’s Fadjir International Theatre Festival. Performed in Farsi with…

Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me

21 Aug 20083 stars

This one-woman show tells the story of a thirtysomething songstress who's dying to be the next Australian pop star. While her acting is patchy, Melissa Western's impersonations of Ella Fitzgerald and Marlene Dietrich are spot on, while her natural charm…

Elvis Hates Me!

21 Aug 20084 stars

Philip Stokes' play is set in a mental health ward where two patients believing they are Elvis Presley, are cared for by a disturbed nurse. The piece follows the nurse's fantasy about what she could have been and the world of celebrities. The cast not…

Etcetera

21 Aug 20083 stars

Weird and wonderful - but what's it all about?

No strings attached (well, not many) in this experimental piece of puppet theatre from avant-garde Polish company K3. Three puppeteers, dressed from neck to ankle in black, animate a series of string-free two-foot tall magnolia-coloured cloth mannequins…

The Factory

21 Aug 20084 stars

Vivid Holocaust journey

'They came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.' Attributed to Martin Niemöller, this sentiment comes to mind during Badac Theatre's disturbing and compelling reconstruction of the death journey of so many of Hitler's final…

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Fawn

21 Aug 20082 stars

A muddled monologue

While perhaps the simplest form of theatre to stage, the monologue is not the easiest to pull off successfully. Fawn, a fantastical narrative about a girl transported from a forest into a netherworld of alternative realities, never quite rises to the…

Five questions: Jill Gascoine

21 Aug 2008

Currently enjoying a successful run playing the suicidal mother of four estranged daughters in Sister Cities at the Gilded Balloon, star of The Gentle Touch and CATS Eyes Jill Gascoine turns her talents to our Q&A 4 shows you’re looking forward to…

Foreskins Lament

21 Aug 20082 stars

This dodgy production of New Zealand playwright Greg McGee's landmark 1980 play is played out in the locker room of a local rugby club changing room. A couple of really appalling performances and some less than inspired direction derail things. Still at…

Greenstick Boy

21 Aug 20083 stars

Hearts and bones broken

In her one-woman show about falling in love with a heroin addict, Maggie Cronin of Doctors fame entertains her audience with winning, bittersweet humour. Entitled Greenstick Boy after a 'greenstick fracture', a slight and sometimes hidden injury to a…

Histrionics

21 Aug 20082 stars

With this rough-hewn but charming play, award-winning writer James Butler keeps the comedy flowing with men in drag, tuneless singing and tussles on the saloon floor. Blue smoke, a live lute and the damp air of the Caves transports us back to the 18th…

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Hitler Alone

21 Aug 20083 stars

The Führer rants and raves his most intimate concerns during his last hours in the bunker. While the script is often overladen with historical information, the central performance is at times incredibly compelling. Inlingua, 220 5119, until 24 Aug…

The House of the Grape

21 Aug 20082 stars

'People just look at the star rating,' says Patrick when his French café gets a one-star review. 'They don't read in between the lines.' Like the restaurant, which he tries in vain to save from ruin, this play is unsalvageable. Lifeless and irritating…

In a Thousand Pieces

21 Aug 20084 stars

No one should rush to the Paper Birds company in search of an incisive analysis of human trafficking. Despite drawing on verbatim material, In a Thousand Pieces tells you nothing you didn't already know about Eastern European women being sold into…

In Conflict

21 Aug 20084 stars

A verbatim theatre piece featuring astute performances from a young cast, this series of interviews with US military personnel who have served in Iraq reflects everything from bitterness to a defiant kind of idealism. Director Douglas Wager adds some…

I Went To The House But Did Not Enter

21 Aug 2008

First person peculiar

Edinburgh favourite Heiner Goebbels returns to the Festival with the world premier of his collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble, I Went to the House but Did Not Enter. Mark Fisher catches up with him The scene is Lausanne, Switzerland where a…