Monthly Archives: November 2010

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Invisible Man’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Nifty tricks by illusionist Paul Kieve, acrobatic performances, a smart sound design and an actor fully dressed with gloves and a bandaged face, combine to make the title character palpable on stage in the Menier … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If Mrs. Malaprop did not exist (in fiction) someone would have to invent her. The trouble with Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century comedy of manners “The Rivals”, given a jewel-box revival at London’s Theatre Royal, … Continue reading

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Thinking of Renée on her birthday

Renee Rich and I had happy days in the 1980s and we spoke regularly all the years afterwards. She died at home in Memphis on Christmas 2006. Where I walk, and life is warm Sun and breath, hopefully here All … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Master Builder’ at the Almeida

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When conscience and vanity come wrapped up in a package as enticing as Gemma Arterton, it’s no wonder that Stephen Dillane is mesmerized in the title role of Henrik Ibsen’s metaphoric fable “The Master Builder” … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the Young Vic

By Ray Bennett LONDON — In a dream, there is always music, says Leo Bill as Tom, the nostalgic wanderer who narrates Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical play “The Glass Menagerie” and the Young Vic’s refreshing revival honors the playwright’s vision with … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: David Arnold’s ‘Concert for Care’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The richness and range of modern film scores were on display Monday at London’s Royal Albert Hall as James Bond composer David Arnold’s Concert for Care International showcased some of the best of today’s movie … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Flashdance the Musical’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – There is so much exciting singing and dancing talent onstage in the West End debut of “Flashdance the Musical” that it makes you wonder how all the other musicals in town are making out. Fans … Continue reading

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