P624 ORACLE 624 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00       JUNE MOON Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough 0723-370541 George S Kaufman is best known for his work with Moss Hart but this 1929 Tin Pan Alley satire snaps with wisecracks that remind us he also wrote Marx Brothers scripts. Naive young Fred arrives in New York to become a songwriter. Despite a lack of talent and amiable dimness, he succeeds - incidentally avoiding gold-diggers and ending up with a girl just like mom Adam Godley gangles beautifully and this sweet-natured piece is a treat. *** (M.Hoyle) more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 HOLIDAY BONANZA! see page 580 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:03       SWAN LAKE Bolshoi Ballet at the London Coliseum 836 3161 Tchaikovsky's monrlfntal score is the star of this production. Director Yuri Grigorovich has decided everyone already knows the plot, so why bother telling it to us. His version is meant to be streamlined but comes across heavy-handed and loaded with alterations that have about as much poetry as a steamroller. Once again the Bolshoi dancers show they have technique to burn but as a result the story is reduced to ashes. In Rep until August 11 ** (Allen Robertson) more follows > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat29 Jul C4 2211:11       HUIS CLOS Lyric Studio, Hammersmith 01-741 2311 "It's so hot in here" says one of the actors in Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophical drama - and a dripping audience agreed passionately! Weather aside, the play still grips. It's existentialist message is that acts alone define a person - ideals and ideas are beside the point. So the three people, Garcia the coward, the lovely Estelle and bitter Inez, confined for ever in a Second Empire drawing room, endlessly pick over the details of their past lives. Short, sharp and well acted. *** (S.Hennessy) more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat29 Jul C4 2204:11       THE WATCHER Boulevard Theatre, Soho 01-434 1238 This play is not one thriller but a series of them, played with two actors. The opening scene is so packed with menace, it's almost unbearable to watch. A woman sunbathing in a park is approached by a screwy, born-again Christian who reveals an intimate knowledge of a recent brutal murder. But through a clever twist, she's suddenly no longer the victim. It's the man's turn. Overall it's a masterful exercise in ambiguity and controlled violence - the more menacing for being in the heart of sleazy Soho. *** (A.Cadell) more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:10       LOOKING AT YOU (revived) AGAIN Bush Theatre 01-743 3388 If you've wondered about the lives of the cardboard-box dwellers or homeless alcoholics in our cities, be warned. Gregory Motton's latest slice of low life, grim, surreal and jokey, puts an Irish tramp and a halfwitted girl who's longing for a baby on the road in mutual non communication. He abandoned his crippled wife and eight children and imagines, or relives her bitter reproaches. Seventy-five minutes of offbeat, sometimes whimsical dialogue, beautifully perfomed but ultimately arid. *** (Martin Hoyle) more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat29 Jul C4 2210:00       SPARTACUS London Coliseum 836 3161 This is the sort of spectacle the Bolshoi is famed for - a Hollywood scale epic full of Roman legions wreaking havoc on renegade slaves. In the title role, Irek Muk——lfdov clearly demonstrates that a great dancer is also a superb athlete. Other top-notch performances come from Nadezhda Pavlova as his long-suffering wife, and the sultry Maria Bylova as a long-limbed courtesan. Not a lot of subtlety in this production, but what fireworks! In rep to Aug 5 then at Birmingham Hippodrome Aug 14,15, 19 Allen Robertson *** more > Reviews Index 620 West End 624 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs