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THEATRE REVIEW: Kenneth Branagh in ‘Ivanov’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anton Chekhov wrote “Ivanov” when he was a mere 27, and it shows, and so the Donmar Warehouse’s West End production benefits enormously from having the play re-imagined with the expertise and wisdom of playwright … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Elena Roger in ‘Piaf’ at the Donmar

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Playing legendary French singer Edith Piaf seems to bring out the best in performers. Following Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-winning turn in the film “La Vie en Rose” comes Argentine pocket rocket Elena Roger in a new … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW BRIEF: Peter Gill’s ‘Small Change’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Peter Gill’s play “Small Change,” a tale of two men’s boyhood friendship and their missed opportunity for love in a working-class area of Wales in the 1950s, has evocative moments but is rendered in a … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Miller’s ‘The Man Who Had All the Luck’

By Ray Bennett London’s Donmar Warehouse has taken a forgotten play by Arthur Miller, “The Man Who Had All the Luck,” which folded after four performances on Broadway in 1944, and reveals that it deserves an honored place among the … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Othello’ at the Donmar Warehouse

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Audiences who flock to see “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse because of stars Ewan McGregor and Chiwetel Ejiofor will not be disappointed, but it’s Shakespeare’s women who steal the show. Kelly Reilly and Michelle Fairley … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Parade’ at the Donmar Warehouse

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford’s Donmar Warehouse revival of the 1998 American musical “Parade,” which is based on the notorious 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, is an enthralling testament to the wisdom of revisiting strong … Continue reading

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Frank Langella is the right man for film of ‘Frost/Nixon’

By Ray Bennett Anthony Quayle created onstage the role that Laurence Olivier took in the film version of the mystery drama “Sleuth” and when I asked him if it was any consolation that the great knight of English drama had … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Frost/Nixon’ at the Donmar

By Ray Bennett LONDON – President Richard Nixon had a great many enemies, real and imagined, but the one that finally did him in was television, as playwright Peter Morgan shows in his insightful and entertaining new play “Frost/Nixon” at … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Christopher Hampton’s ‘The Philanthropist’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Christopher Hampton’s bland 1970 sex comedy “The Philanthropist”, revived at the Donmar Warehouse, boasts a wonderfully expressive performance by Simon Russell Beale but its story of a blinkered, shy and uncritical English professor who is … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Few places can match the buzz and excitement of a big city hotel lobby and that electric air of expectation is fully caught in the opening number of Michael Grandage’s scintillating restaging of “Grand Hotel: … Continue reading

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