Dear theatre friends,
What are you doing today at 3pm? May I suggest you buy a ticket for “Overflow” from the Bush Theatre in London? It’s written by Travis Alabanza, who also wrote the wonderfully received “Burgerz,” which I saw at the Edinburgh Festival (and shortlisted for my Award.) Travis has a unique, compassionate voice, as described in this four star Guardian review of “Overflow”. Today’s the last day– sorry for short notice.
Only until tomorrow, do try to see the original cast reading of Vineyard’s Theatre’s “Gloria,” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Again, apologies for the late posting.
Another play I had the privilege of seeing in Edinburgh is Mark O’Rowe’s “The Approach.” The three fermale performances are stellar, if the narrative somewhat enigmatic. Available from St. Ann’s Warehouse in a live stream today and tomorrow, then on demand until the 31st.
Were you at MCC’s inaugural play, “Beirut”? From this Thursday until the 31st, you can attend a benefit reading featuring Marisa Tomei, Oscar Isaac and Patrick Breen. Although when first presented in 1987, it concerned the raging AIDS epidemic– it may now feel incredibly timely.
The Irish Rep has put a number of their previous shows online. Beginning next week, you have another opportunity to see Brian Friel’s truly unmissable “Molly Sweeney.” Do browse all their progam for well chosen, well performed Irish Theatre– undoubtedly worth the minimal cost.
I’m very curious to see Lauren Gunderson’s “The Catastrophist,” based on the life and work of Dr. Nathan Wolfe. If you don’t know his name, which I didn’t, he was named one of the 100 most Influencial People in the World, by TIME. He’s a virologist, also the author’s husband, who predicted a pandemic outbreak– no one listened.
A new iteration of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” was seen at London’s National Theatre in 2018, starrring Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown,” “A Streetcar Named Desire”.) Now, renamed “Julie,” it has been added to the sumptuous collection of National Theatre At Home– another reason to subscribe. This review in London’s Independent praises Ms. Kirby’s performance in Polly Stenham’s modern adaption.
That’s all for now!
Aren’t we fortunate to be living during this plague and not Sophocles’? Or, are you overwhelmed by choice?
Again, if you discover other theatre-related news– please get in touch: Carol@BestofEdinburgh.org.
And, need I reiterate? I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content!
Please send other theatre related information, or do try to recall a story you’d like me to post.
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.