Monthly Archives: December 2010

THEATRE REVIEW: Georges Feydeau’s ‘A Flea In Her Ear’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The best way to perform farce is to be perfectly serious and in the Old Vic’s revival of the Georges Feydeau French classic “A Flea In Her Ear”, Tom Hollander plays two roles with such … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Seasons Greetings’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Alan Ayckbourn’s parochial English comedy Season’s Greetings seeks to burst the illusion of happy families at Christmastime but the set-up and characters are so contrived that it runs like a clock that needs winding. Nothing … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Brian Welsh’s ‘In Our Name’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A sober portrait of a returning soldier who suffers from post-combat stress, “In Our Name” holds suspense without melodrama and features an outstanding performance as the British Army private by Joanne Froggatt (pictured).

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THEATRE REVIEW: Emma Williams shines in ‘Love Story’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Those for whom Arthur Hiller’s 1970 tearjerker “Love Story” is the hallmark of mawkish manipulation will be amazed to learn that Erich Segal’s original novella has been turned into a delightfully elegant and satisfying stage … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Derek Jacobi in ‘King Lear’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – It’s always an event when a great actor decides finally to take on “King Lear” and, at 72, stage veteran Derek Jacobi, also known for film roles and TV series such as “I, Claudius” and … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Katie Mitchell’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The creature in director Katie Mitchell’s Beauty and the Beast at London’s National Theatre is a great hairy beastie, a 10-foot cross between a rat and a wolf with a voice that growls and thunders … Continue reading

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