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THEATRE REVIEW: Terence Rattigan’s ‘Flare Path’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – It’s hill of beans time in Terence Rattigan’s wartime drama Flare Path as three little people realize what their problems amount to in a world made crazy by nightly bombing raids as Britain fights alone … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If Mrs. Malaprop did not exist (in fiction) someone would have to invent her. The trouble with Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century comedy of manners “The Rivals”, given a jewel-box revival at London’s Theatre Royal, … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Tamzin Outhwaite in ‘Sweet Charity’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – British television actress Tamzin Outhwaite is so vivacious and eager to please in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of the 1960s Broadway show “Sweet Charity”, now transferred to the West End, that it’s a shame … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Anna Friel in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anna Friel is attractive and spirited as Holly Golightly in Samuel Adamson’s new stage adaptation of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, but the production cannot match her sparkle. The mountain-stream clarity of … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: McKellen and Stewart in ‘Waiting for Godot’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – So much portentous meaning has been read into Samuel Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot” that it’s pleasure to be reminded by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart what an entertaining show it is. The two “X-Men” … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Michel Legrand’s ‘Marguerite’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Singing Nazis are a tough sell unless its Mel Brooks producing laughs. So when the German officer in love with the title character in the new musical “Marguerite” starts to sing about his broken heart, … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Eileen Atkins, David Haig in ‘The Sea’

  By Ray Bennett A curious blend of Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde and M. Night Shyamalan, Edward Bond’s eccentric play “The Sea” brings together drawing-room comedy and alien conspiracies in a storm-laden English setting in 1907. In the second production … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Wycherley’s ‘The Country Wife’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When the curtain goes up in the new West End production of William Wycherley’s Restoration sex comedy “The Country Wife,” Toby Stephens, as a priapic young stud named Horner, is standing alone with his back … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin’s entertaining courtroom drama “A Few Good Men” survives the journey from its Cold War roots in David Esbjornson’s production but it cannot escape the shadow of the star power … Continue reading

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