P624 ORACLE 624 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:00    1/6          WHITE WOMAN STREET Bush Theatre 081-743 3388 Sebastian Barry's play, relating the story of a bunch of "outlaws and drifters" in 1910 Ohio, is big on ambience, but woefully lacking in dramatic tension. White Woman Street, it transpires, is a town to which the gang (skillfully played all round) are inexorably drawn. Crucial deficiencies in potentially interesting characterisation spells boredom, rather than tension. ** David Andrews more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 HOLIDAYS IN THE WEST COUNTRY p382 West End Theatre Videos Books Beat Box
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:00    2/6          A JOVIAL CREW RSC Swan 0789 295623 First produced in 1641 - the year Civil War broke out - Richard Brome's comedy of life among the beggars also mirrors the restless and certain spirit of the age and its political wrangling. The production finds its serious undertow while retaining the rich comedy of character with its echoes of Jonson. Ron Cook and Paul Jesson head a strong cast and the music, with lyrics by Ian Dury, adds vitality. **** Ann Fitzgerald. more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 West End Theatre Videos Books Beat Box
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:01    3/6          MADAME BUTTERFLY Coliseum 071-836 3161 Revival of the English National Opera's superb production, first performed way back in 1984. Like the best cognac, it gets better with age. While the company is, as usual, in fine voice, it is designer Stefanos Lazaridis's stunning sets that put the icing on a virtually flawless cake. Susan Bullock is excellent as the fated Butterfly (until May 15, then Janice Cairns), while David Rendall is first rate as heartless Lieutenant Pinkerton. First class. **** David Andrews more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 West End Theatre Videos Books Beat Box
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:01    4/6          A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS The Pit, Barbican 071-638 8891 This late Elizabethan tragedy of adultery is a domestic story; few high- flying heroics, no black and white issues, just decent Yorkshire folk capable of sin and remorse. Perhaps because of this, the production lacks focus, unsure what to send up or take seriously. The unfaithful wife is bossy, glum and unattractive; her toyboy is underplayed; the virtuous maiden verges on the absurd. The plodding pace makes Yorkshire look very dull, adultery or not. ** Martin Hoyle more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 West End Theatre Videos Books Beat Box
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:01    5/6          AS YOU LIKE IT RSC Stratford 0789 295623 Director David Thacker vividly evokes the contrasting world of Court and countryside which are at the heart of Shakespeare's comedy. Dark, heavy palace rooms and sumptuous costumes give way to a silhouette of twigs and branches against the moonlit sky as characters arrive in the Forest of Arden and find a new liberty of spirit. Acting is of the highest quality, with Samantha Bond a superb Rosalind. **** Ann Fitzgerald more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 West End Theatre Videos Books Beat Box
P624 ORACLE 624 Sat25 Apr C4 2103:11    6/6          THREE GIRLS IN BLUE W Yorks Playhouse 0531 442111 A look at the domestic and emotional struggles of a group of modern Russians, seen through a woman's eyes, but not overly feminist. The men are stinkers - workshy, drunk, adulterous, hypocritical - but the women have faults too. Lovely performances from Ann Penfold as a moaning granny and Kay Mellor as a sour overworked and defensive mother. Too long, not quite convincing in its portrayal of basic sisterhood, but a gritty slice of life nevertheless. **** Martin Hoyle more > Reviews Index 620 West End 625 West End Theatre Videos Books Beat Box