thu 23/10/2014

Reviews

Lee Mack, Eventim Apollo

Veronica Lee

The last time I saw Lee Mack live, my companion and I were literally in pain because we were laughing so much. It's perhaps unfair to expect a repeat of such a wonderful, life-affirming experience - live comedy is an ephemeral art, after all - but the comic doesn't appear to be even trying to achieve the same effect on his audience in his latest show, Hit the Road Mack, and this time we both left disappointed.His 75-minute set - including a lengthy Q&A, almost always a sign of a shortage of...

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

Sarah Kent

Installed in the main exhibition space, this could have been a blockbuster show introducing a large audience to an important moment in Russian Theatre; but tucked away in the department of Theatre and Performance, where spaces are narrow and galleries small, there is little room to show off these superb exhibits to their best advantage. Only the initiated will, I fear, brave these claustrophobic corridors and persevere long enough to appreciate the goodies on offer.Faced with walls painted...

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

The night before he was locked up, Chris Huhne had that Grayson Perry round for tuna steaks. Who knew? Perry had embarked on a series of portraits...

Pierre Huyghe/ Paul McCarthy, Hauser & Wirth

Fisun Güner

In a tavern somewhere in Tokyo, two Japanese macaque monkeys work a daily, two-hour shift (under Japanese law, these hours are regulated). Dressed in...

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Emma Simmonds

As the bald title suggests, Fury is a work of righteous, focussed rage. It's a combat film which swaps preaching and profundity for pure anger at the...

Culture Club, Heaven

Matthew Wright

Intriguing taster gig suggests successful reunion is on the way

quartet-lab, Wigmore Hall

David Nice

Four brilliant players need a stage director, but still electrify in Beethoven and Crumb

Nick Mulvey, Komedia, Brighton

Thomas H Green

One of Britain's most potent, original singer-songerwiters sparks bright

Neville's Island, Duke of York's Theatre

Marianka Swain

Like its marooned middle-managers, Tim Firth's comedy loses its way

Serena

Jasper Rees

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite. What can possibly go wrong?

The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre

Edward Seckerson

Kander & Ebb's startling, stirring musical gets a West End upgrade

The Way He Looks

Tom Birchenough

Gentle Brazilian gay adolescent drama rings stronger that its story suggests

Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World, Globe Theatre

Sarah Kent

The delightfully shambolic talent show that's become a national treasure

Witches and Wicked Bodies, British Museum

Florence Hallett

From classical antiquity to the Victorian era, witches have held artists under their spell

The House That Will Not Stand, Tricycle Theatre

Marianka Swain

A key moment in American race relations inspires a richly ambitious new drama

Storyville: Russia's Toughest Prison - The Condemned, BBC Four

Tom Birchenough

Nick Read's long-stretch documentary on remote Russian prison life

LFF 2014: Germany, Pale Mother

Nick Hasted

A revelatory female perspective on Nazi Germany

This Is Where I Leave You

Veronica Lee

Amusing and truthful comedy drama about adult siblings

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre

Edward Seckerson

Imelda Staunton gives the performance of the year in possibly the show of the year

The spooky and the bold in the art of contemporary China

Mark Sheerin

Asia Triennial Manchester showcases the biggest exhibition of contemporary art from south of the Great Wall

LFF 2014: Winter Sleep

Nick Hasted

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's monumental, Palme d'Or-winning study of self-deception

Schama on Rembrandt: Masterpieces of the Late Years, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

Simon Schama campaigns and entertains, but does he explain?

Ashton Mixed Bill, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

Symphonic Variations is the highlight among fine works by supreme British choreographer

Reissue CDs Weekly: Madness

Kieron Tyler

Yet another reappearance of the Nutty Boys’ debut album

LFF 2014: Margarita, With A Straw

Karen Krizanovich

Margarita, With A Straw: Laila (Kalki Koechlin) doesn't let cerebral palsy stop her from being normal

Richard Serra, Gagosian Gallery

Marina Vaizey

Hardly ever has a heavyweight operated with so light a hand

Life on the Moon, English Touring Opera

David Nice

Costumes, conductor and star tenor keep this mundane Haydn opera afloat

Shadows of War, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Atmospheric revival of 1944 Miracle in the Gorbals, the centrepiece of an unusual triple bill

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Poulenc, Orbert Davis

Graham Rickson

Viennese music from Denmark, effervescent ballet scores transcribed for piano, and a 1960s classic gets a reboot

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