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Paul Taylor

Pitcairn, Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre, review: Lucid and hard-edged

Richard Bean is so prolific a dramatist that he makes Ernie Wise look as constipated as E.M. Forster.

Hay Fever, Theatre Royal Bath, review: Stylish, well-cast and extremely entertaining

With whom would you rather spend the weekend? Chez George and Martha on campus in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Or at the Cookham country retreat of the Bohemian Bliss family in Noel Coward's Hay Fever?

Little Stitches, Theatre 503, review: Piercingly eloquent mini-dramas about FGM

“You have been stabilised so you can be trusted,” says one of the two African women, ululating and wiggling in ceremonial triumph, to the teenage girl under the blanket who has been flown from England to be genitally mutilated by these gatekeepers to

Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: 'Enjoyable, moving, stimulating and wonderful'

This is, to spit it out directly, not only the most enjoyable, moving and stimulating new musical that I have seen in ages but it is also – for all that it is set in San Francisco in 1963 amongst a bunch of marines on their last night of shore leave bef

Bad Jews, Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, review: 'Shockingly good'

Daphna (superb Jenna Augen) is an intense, frizzy-haired and very voluble Vassar student who intends to move to Israel on graduation where she looks forward to joining the army.

Crystal Springs, Park Theatre, review: 'Acutely intelligent'

This is an acutely intelligent play about cyberbullying amongst teenage girls, a situation here worryingly exacerbated by the social insecurities and the differing attitudes towards social media of their mothers.

Therese Raquin, Theatre Royal Bath, review: 'Highly intelligent and horribly compelling'

Adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Jonathan Munby, this is a highly intelligent and horribly compelling stage treatment of Zola's great 1867 novel of adulterous love, murder, and then the mutual disgust and psychological disintegration that ensue

Brian Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, Leicester Square Theatre, review: 'A nuanced portrait'

It sounds a potentially grisly and exploitative scenario for a two-hander about the Beatle's enigmatic manager.

My Night With Reg, Donmar Warehouse, review: Outrageously sharp-witted

Reg must be the most tirelessly promiscuous off-stage character in world drama (unless we are to fantasise that the mysterious Godot is a bit of “go-er”).

Holy Warriors, Shakespeare's Globe, review: Fantastically ambitious

David Eldridge's fantastically ambitious play colonises the Globe in a flamboyantly orchestrated production of great sensuous sweep and dialectical dazzle by James Dacre.