Tag Archives: Matthew Warchus

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: ‘God of Carnage’

By Ray Bennett A civilized meeting of two married couples to discuss the misbehavior of one of their children descends into an evening of virtual hand-to-hand combat in a star-laden production of Yasmina Reza’s new play “God of Carnage” at … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Spacey, Goldblum in ‘Speed the Plow’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – David Mamet’s 20-year-old play “Speed-the-Plow,” which uses the ruthless setting of a Hollywood studio to explore male chicanery and misogyny, looks fresh and scintillating in Matthew Warchus’ new Old Vic production starring Kevin Spacey and … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Lord of the Rings’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — A transatlantic trip appears to have done wonders for the epic stage version of “The Lord of the Rings” that has just opened in the West End following a dire opening run in Toronto. What … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Sam Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A sheet of rain fades to the coyote howl of a guitar and in a rundown farmhouse an old man on a couch coughs, reaches for his whiskey and resumes a shouted conversation with his … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Samuel Becket’s ‘Endgame’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – John Fowles, author of “The Magus” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, once pictured Samuel Beckett as he goes home to Mrs. Beckett after a long day spent writing. He puts on his slippers and sits … Continue reading

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