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Review – Ivanov, Donmar West End (Wyndham’s Theatre), with Kenneth Branagh

Friday 7 November 2008

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While the rest of the world was holding its breath to find out if McCain had had his chips and the moose huntin’ maverick was back at Walmart, the West End Whingers were bating their collective, slightly wheezy breath with a far more pressing concern: would Ivanov be yet another success in their consecutive list of theatrical junkets?

Would it be assigned a place on The Bagnold Barometer or be put on their list of theatrical abasement: The Fram Scale?

Phil’s now enjoyed an unprecedented eight trips to the theatre, the only thorn in his proverbial side being An Ideal Husband (but since that was in the provinces it doesn’t seem fair to include it and spoil his extraordinary run).

Are the Whingers losing their modus operandi, their raison d’ĂȘtre? Will they have to start searching for a new soubriquet ? Why have they stopped writing in English? Read the rest of this entry »

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Review-The Lover & The Collection, Comedy Theatre

Tuesday 11 March 2008

p4325_m2.jpgWhere was Andrew?

There’s been a plethora of Pinter recently with a flurry of revivals, rivaled only by George Bernard Shaw coming up on the inside track. So many in fact, that Andrew’s had enough. Having done The Hothouse, Pinter’s People and The Dumb Waiter last year he threw his arms in the air (as he’s wont to do) and inserted his own Pinteresque pause in the proceedings refusing to see any more. Either that or he was taking heed of the Met office’s warnings to “stay indoors”.

So Phil braved the storms and took himself off to the Comedy Theatre to see the Harold Pinter double-bill The Lover & The Collection. Read the rest of this entry »