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THEATRE REVIEW: Georges Feydeau’s ‘A Flea In Her Ear’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The best way to perform farce is to be perfectly serious and in the Old Vic’s revival of the Georges Feydeau French classic “A Flea In Her Ear”, Tom Hollander plays two roles with such … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Noel Coward’s ‘Design for Living’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Noel Coward’s provocative play “Design for Living” caused more than a few corks to pop when it debuted in 1933 on Broadway with a recipe for happiness defined by a hedonistic menage-a-trois. The new Old … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘As You Like It’, ‘The Tempest’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Sam Mendes brings his Bridge Project back to the Old Vic for the second year but while the pairing of “As You Like It” and “The Tempest” makes enjoyable theater, the productions lack the vitality … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Stephen Fry’s pantomime ‘Cinderella’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The traditional British pantomime, the seasonal romp that mixes fairy tales with broad comedy and lots of innuendo, is given a gay makeover by Stephen Fry in “Cinderella” at the Old Vic. Many of the … Continue reading

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All about Alberto Iglesias in Almodovar’s film on stage

By Ray Bennett Kevin Spacey’s tenure as artistic director of London’s Old Vic continues apace with a marvelous stage version of “All About My Mother” running through Nov. 24. Not least of its many charms is the film’s beautiful original … Continue reading

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Spacey’s ‘Moon for the Misbegotten’ glows on Broadway

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The Old Vic’s triumphant production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon for the Misbegotten” has landed intact on Broadway with Kevin Spacey and Eve Best (pictured) and Colm Meaney starring under the direction of Howard Davies. Spacey’s … Continue reading

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David Hare honours playwright John Osborne

With the 50th anniversary production of John Osborne’s “The Entertainer” opening at London’s The Old Vic tonight, I am reminded of the passionate and illuminating address that fellow playwright David Hare made in Osborne’s defence at the Hay Literary Festival … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The Old Vic’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s 1947 drama “A Moon for the Misbegotten” is a powerful demonstration of how superlative acting – in this case by Kevin Spacey, Eve Best and Colm Meaney  – can elevate … Continue reading

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