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Lyn Gardner

Forbidden Broadway review gleeful send-up of musical theatre

This ragbag of sketches pokes fun at shows such as Les Mis and The Book of Mormon and neatly skewers Robert Lindsay.

She Stoops to Conquer review foolish, foppish fun

Viaduct, HalifaxThis 1773 comedy about mistaken identity is over the top but its preposterous humour is delightful.

Fully Committed review Kevin Bishop nails the laughs in flashy one-man show

Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonBecky Modes comedy about an out-of-work actor manning the phones in a New York restaurant delivers a virtuoso display of character switching but not much more.

The Tricycle's True West: a classic play gets a classic production

After 30 years and numerous versions, I have finally seen why the hype around Sam Shepard's 1980 play is justified. Which revivals have changed your mind about feted works?

True West review sibling rivalry erupts like a volcano

This searing staging of Sam Shepards play tackles the violence between two misfit brothers head-on.

Land of Our Fathers review coal-mining drama plumbs depths of human spirit

Trafalgar Studios, LondonPlaywright Chris Urch's impressive debut about a band of pitmen trapped by an electrical blast is gruelling but always watchable Continue reading...

Chicken Shop review masculinity, muesli and Mum's girlfriends

Anna Jordan's stilted early play about parenting and sexual exploitation struggles to find its focus in this lacklustre production.

Autobahn review Neil LaBute's playlet cycle gets under your skin

King's Head, LondonThis evening of unrelated scenes, all staged in the front seat of a car, is watchable though a little samey and stop-start Continue reading...

Punishment Without Revenge review a fitfully enjoyable Spanish drama

One of the joys of the 2012 Globe to Globe season was not only seeing how much Shakespeare gains in translation but also enjoying performances surrounded by theatregoers who relished the opportunity to watch Shakespeare performed in their native tongue, f

Edinburgh festival 2014: the Tourette's hero highs and Nancy Dell'Olio lows

The fringe is over for another year, so here's 2014's unofficial bouquets and brickbats.