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THEATRE REVIEW: Keira Knightley in ‘The Children’s Hour’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Lillian Hellman’s 1934 Broadway melodrama “The Children’s Hour” shows its age in this new West End production, but it does afford screen stars Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss a chance to show they are just … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Rachel Wagstaff’s ‘Birdsong’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A vibrant love story and the searing experience of World War I in the trenches are combined successfully in British novelist Sebastian Faulks’ bestseller “Birdsong.” It has thwarted filmmakers so far but young playwright Rachel … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: David Hirson’s ‘La Bete’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – “La Bete” is a 1991 American play by David Hirson set in 17th century France and besides being extremely funny it has a lot say about the dumbing down of art and entertainment. Mark Rylance … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Keira Knightley in ‘The Misanthrope’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Keira Knightley has chosen well for her West End stage debut as a spoiled young movie star who is the center of attention in Martin Crimp’s rhymed update of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope.” She gets to … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Dickens Unplugged’

By Ray Bennett Sometimes all you want at the theater is a good time, and that’s just what’s on offer with “Dickens Unplugged,” a witty and agreeable show from one of the founders of London’s long-running spoof “The Complete Works … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Pinter’s ‘The Lover’ and ‘The Collection’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter has long been fascinated by the tension that exists between two men who love the same woman. It got out of hand in the recent film version of Kenneth Branagh’s … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Simon Gray’s ‘The Old Masters’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Few things are more entertaining on stage or screen than watching two heavyweight actors match wits playing characters whose expertise is sublime duplicity. Peter Bowles and Edward Fox (pictured) go head to head in Simon … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: R. C. Sherriff’s ‘Journey’s End’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – That war is hell is not a new theme in the theatre, or anywhere else. That World War I was an especially foul kind of hell is also not new but in R. C. Sherriff’s … Continue reading

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