P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2051:01  6/6        A FINER KIND OF FEELING La Bonne Crepe Cafe-Theatre Battersea, London SW11 01-228 5070 A beautifully-written comedy that could fail if the American accents and timing weren't up to scratch. In spite of a few forgivable fluffs, the British cast of four cope aflhrably Set in a New York bookshop, where a college professor is trying to escape from a slightly snobby ex-wife, Paul Prescott's new comedy takes a few deft swipes at U.S. society's weaknesses. **** Great night out (S.Regan) Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 OPTION 3 FROM RUMBELOWS PAGE 173 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:10  0/5        DON'T GO AWAY MAD Donmar Warehouse American star Michael Moriarty appears in this 40-year-old hospital drama by William Saroyan, a writer who mixes quirky humour, warm-hearted whimsy and faith in human nature. We watch patients die, commit suicide, get even with their enemies and find a sense of purpose. This little group of terminal cases is united, enouraged and consoled by the blind George Porgie who preaches hate but practises love. Moriarty's fine performances keeps the long, plodding evening together. ** Martin Hoyle more follows > Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2000:10  3/5        ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE: Stoppard King's Head 01-226 1916 Relaxed after a pub meal, the laughter comes easily. Not that it wouldn't have anyway: Stoppard is a master of wit. The banter between the old artists (William Lucas, Peter Copley, Frank Middlemass) is hilarious. First written for radio, the play tries to uncover why one of them is dead at the foot of the stairs. This entails reliving episodes from the past - with three young counterparts centred on the three falling in love with the same blind girl. **** (Jayne Miller) more follows > Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2003:10  6/6        ZIEGFELD London Palladium 01-437 7373 The spectacularly expensive Ziegfeld has been jazzed up and re-launched with Topol on board to guide it to glory. And he strives valianty. Yet the dull mish-mash remains. The authors have taken the zing OUT of Z. Spectacular some of it is: sparkling, whirling OTT costumes drew oohs and aahs, btt they've nothing to hang on. There are some fine renderings of numbers like Second Hand Rose (Louise Gold) and Brother, Can You Spare A Dime (Topol) but they can't save this show. ** Sandy Fordham more follows > Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2042:00  4/4        GORIOT Lyric, Hammersmith (Studio) You don't have to be an admirer of Balzac to realise something is gravely wrong with "Torn Curtain"'s version of his novel Pere Goriot. In place of a near Dickensian portrait of a society on the make, we get wooden acting and stilted speaking. Instead of the sexual and financial intrigues of post-Napoleonic Paris we get an amateur level company moving like zombies through an inept production of a totally inadequate adaptation that seems to have no point. * (M Hoyle) more follows > Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:00  4/4        BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell The Albery Theatre 01-836 3878 Kiki Dee gives a superb performance in this award winning musical as a hard-up Liverpudlian mother abandoned by her husband and left with seven hungry mouths to feed. She slaves as a cleaning lady to make ends meet and when she realises she is expecting twins agrees to give one away to her childless employer. The boys Mickey and Eddie grow up on opposite sides of the social divide but fate inevitably draws them together with tragic results. Some great songs. **** (D.Collins) more follows > Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs
P624 ORACLE 624 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2054:02  6/6        BABES IN ARMS - Open Air Theatre Regent's Park 01-486 2431 Comic impressionist Jessica Martin sings and dances her way into the limelight, stealing the show in this Rodgers and Hart musical. She plays downtrodden theatre owner Bunny who is overshadowed by her mean and nasty partner. Bunny gives the talented kids who work for her their big break - a chance to stage a revue. Problems loom on the horizon and the revue is threatened..ncvt the show goes on against all odds with fabulous renditions of songs like "The Lady is a Tramp" **** fun (D.Collins) more > Reviews Index 620 West End Guide 625 W End Plays Video World Bookworld BSVs