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Michael Billington

Bad Jews review scalding rhetoric between hissing cousins

Joshua Harmon's provocative play raises questions about what it means to be Jewish in today's global culture.

Sommer 14: A Dance of Death review engrossing and controversial war play

The German writer Rolf Hochhuth blames Winston Churchill for the sinking of the Lusitania in this skilful and provocative piece.

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: The War art theatre with a vengeance

The staging is ingenious, the music fiercely eclectic, but it's hard to make out the central ideas in Vladimir Pankov's hyper-stylised first world war spectacular Playwright breaks Russian silence around first world war with epic drama.

Thérèse Raquin review Pippa Nixon seems destined for stardom

Theatre Royal, BathEmile Zola's feverish, intense novel is exactly realised in this ultra-theatrical production Continue reading...

The White Devil review putting the patriarchy on trial

The Swan, StratfordMaria Aberg update of the Webster play foregrounds its gender politics but ultimately loses as much as it gains Continue reading...

My Night With Reg review fine revival for caustic study of gay manners

Donmar Warehouse, LondonKevin Elyot's breakthrough 1994 piece is well played, catching the secret fears and surface buoyancy of a group of companions 'His subject was the longing for love': Kevin Elyot obituary Continue reading...

Dessa Rose review too complicated for its own good

Trafalgar Studios, London Ahrens's treatment of race relations is more exhausting than spiritually enlightening Continue reading...

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes review an Iraqi's identity crisis

Arcola, LondonThis story of a Sunni man who flees sectarian Iraq for a life in Britain is more striking in individual scenes than as a whole Continue reading...

The Nether review disturbingly sensationalist digital dreamlands

Royal Court, LondonJennifer Haley's prizewinning play triggers a fascinating debate about online fantasy it's just a shame she sets out to shock us Continue reading...