[BLANK] by Alice Birch and NYTP

[BLANK] by Alice Birch and NYTP

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Alice Birch’s writing. 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

If you’ve seen anything that A Slightly Isolated Dog has done, you’ve arguably seen all of it, and that is in no way a bad thing. 

Islander: A New Musical

Islander: A New Musical

One island, split in two with a thundering crack: half for the fishermen and half for the farmers. 

The Examination

The Examination

Very few kind words have ever been said about the prison system in this or any other nation. 

The Domestic

The Domestic

To make a piece of gig theatre work, you need to find a musical genre or vibe that can imbue the show with energy, and you need to find a story and a storyteller that can harness t… 

The Good Scout

The Good Scout

The Good Scout treads an extraordinarily fine line as a play. 

HoneyBee

HoneyBee

I wasn’t really sure what this show was supposed to be going into it, and now that I’ve seen it, I’m not sure if I have any better an idea. 

I'm OKayfabe

I'm OKayfabe

The head of professional wrestling promoters NXT, Paul Levesque, is famous for his idea that in wrestling, there are three layers of storytelling: The action in the ring, the story… 

The Canary and the Crow

The Canary and the Crow

I’m not gonna pretend like I know a lot about the UK's schooling system, because I don’t. 

Lucie Pohl: Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real

Lucie Pohl: Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real

Lucie Pohl is an extremely talented performer; this is a statement I cannot stress enough. 

The Forecast

The Forecast

I’ll start by being honest – it is incredibly difficult to do sci-fi at the Fringe. 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare is an easy sell at the Fringe, namely his comedies, and this production of Much Ado is no exception. 

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

When you step into the venue for Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard, you don’t expect much. 

Drip

Drip

I can’t imagine that anybody has nostalgia for life in their early teen years. 

Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero’s biggest flaw is that it isn’t about anything. 

Closed Doors

Closed Doors

When the cast of Closed Doors were taking their bow, they mentioned that this show existed as a book and as an album, and I immediately wished I had listened to the album. 

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Alex Edelman’s full name is David Yosef Shimon Ben Illouz Haleivi Alexander Edelman. 

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

There’s a line in How to Keep Time that sat very deeply in my heart: “All my memories have been rewritten for who you are now. 

Timpson: The Musical

Timpson: The Musical

I sat through an hour long fever dream yesterday entitled Timpson the Musical, and to get the recommendation out of the way, I would easily go again. 

Jericho

Jericho

Jericho is a show about internet journalism, liberal hot takes, and professional wrestling, which is to say that it's managed to be about a lot of my niche interests. 

Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Trying to do a hallowed musical such as Les Miserables at the Fringe is a bit of a rigged game. 

Behind the Mirror

Behind the Mirror

There’s something charming about a fairy tale told in a fundamentally unique manner. 

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

I like improv as much as anyone, but part of what makes improv work as well as it does is the spontaneity of it all. 

Spank!

Spank!

I spent last night from the hours of midnight to 2am being belittled, insulted and berated in every way I could imagine. 

One Good Soul

One Good Soul

Musical adaptations of other works often struggle to either make themselves distinct or justify their existence. 

Cashmere

Cashmere

Narrative direction is hard to achieve but is essential to a good musical. 

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale presents herself as kind of a Bad Grandma type. 

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

Too often, we see the First World War as a stretch of years where only war happened, followed by years where the art about the war exploded in its disruptive manner. 

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

I think this show is emblematic of a lot of the problems that new musicals at the Fringe tend to have. 

Stop

Stop

There is a lot to like about this package. 

Godspell

Godspell

Godspell is a very strange show. 

The Patchwork Odyssey

The Patchwork Odyssey

The Patchwork Odyssey is a very unassuming show. 

The Local

The Local

Sometimes, all a show needs to be good is to be simple and earnestly performed. 

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

It’s very easy to write a story that grabs someone’s attention. 

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

A problem that a lot of shows face is an inability to commit to tone, or to perform in agreement with the tone that the show sets forth. 

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors is an examination of homelessness and the situations which lead to it which matches the pace of how those problems develop. 

Company

Company

Company, Sondheim’s second Tony Award winner, is a difficult show to get right: it’s disjointed, complex, and built on subject matter that can be uncomfortable to look at. 

Pippin

Pippin

Youth theatre is a weird thing to critique. 

I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife

One of the good things about the Fringe is that the small scale of most of its venues lead to a sort of intimacy in performance that you get almost nowhere else. 

The Improverts

The Improverts

I’m gonna start by saying this: I think reviewing improv is tough. 

The Principle of Uncertainty

The Principle of Uncertainty

Making a show about science interesting to a general audience is an extremely difficult feat. 

Douze

Douze

This show is dumb. 

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash is a show whose tagline betrays its true value.