Archive for the 'The Guardian' Category

In which theatre turns out to have some use. Oh, and the Olivier Awards have happened.

Monday 10 March 2008

The Whingers respectfully draw your attention to this article in The Guardian about Minnesota:

More than 100 bars across the state have started holding “theatre nights” in which patrons are encouraged to dress up in period costume and project their voices, playbills are pinned on the walls, and bar paraphernalia makes up the props.

The bars are seeking to bypass a smoking ban introduced last October by exploiting a loophole that allows cigarettes to be puffed in theatrical productions.

What began as an idea by a Minnesota lawyer, Mark Benjamin, to get round what he saw as an unjustified prohibition has snowballed into a state-wide protest. Bars have taken to calling their theatre nights “Before the Ban”, which allows them to claim that their customers are in character playing themselves before the October injunction came down.

Fantastic.

One the subject of the Olivier Awards…

The Whingers have nothing to say. They are naturally delighted for Leanne (right) and Michael and Tracie et al but this is a vacuous, self-congratulatory, irrelevant, arbitrary set of awards that the Whingers refuse to recognise, let alone condone.

Until such time as they receive an invitation to the ceremony.

Reviews – We, The People, The Globe (and our work here is done…)

Monday 10 September 2007

… and the West End Whingers can return to their own planets.

For the lost art of theatre reviewing seems to be once more in the ascendant and The Globe’s latest play We, The People by Eric Schlosser should be celebrated for single-handedly persuading the critics to tell it like it is: Read the rest of this entry »