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Reviews

Colors performance stream on YouTube review: vocalists on lockdown

Joe Muggs

The Colors studio in Berlin has quietly created one of the biggest new brands in music from filming back to basics performances with laser-focused branding. From international megastars (Billie Eilish, Mac DeMarco) to up and comers, singers and occasionally rappers are filmed alone in a simple cube shaped stage with distinctive colour-cycling lighting.

theartsdesk on Vinyl Lockdown Special 1: Napalm Death, Brazilian jazz-pop, 1980s indie and more

Thomas H Green

For the duration of this C19 Lockdown, rather the the usual sprawling monthly epic, theartsdesk on Vinyl will be presented regularly in bite-sized editions, roving across the pile of releases we have already, since those incoming have been whittled down a trickle. Welcome, then, to a cross edition of plastic ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre. Dive in!Napalm Death Logic Ravaged by Brute Force/White Kross (Century Media)

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, Breach Theatre...

Aleks Sierz

Artemisia Gentileschi has definitely had a hard time. Although she was an outstanding Renaissance painter in the style of Caravaggio, and the first...

Ozark, Series 3 review, Netflix - money-...

Adam Sweeting

While not the most headline-catching show on Netflix, Ozark has been steadily accruing critical accolades (including a couple of Emmys) and a devoted...

Classical Music/Opera direct to home 5 -...

David Nice

Necessity has certainly been the mother of invention over the past  three weeks, and orchestras especially, left in the dark with no means of...

Rumpelstiltskin, Sadler's Wells Digital Stage review - spins an engaging yarn for young audiences

Marianka Swain

balletLORENT provides a sunnier take on the the Brothers Grimm

Rachel Fairburn, Go Faster Stripe review - smart and subtle gags

Veronica Lee

Feminism and unlikely heroes

Reissue CDs Weekly: Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters

Kieron Tyler

The ‘Smashed Full Of Wonder’ comp celebrates zeitgeist-sensitive Eighties Brit-combo

One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre at Home review – bliss, utter comic bliss

Aleks Sierz

NT Live version of this masterpiece of farce is now available for free

The Platform review - timely, violent and effective

Owen Richards

New Netflix high-concept horror skewers capitalism

Lazy Susan, Soho Theatre On Demand review - sketch duo's ingeniously plotted show

Veronica Lee

Freya Parker and Celeste Dring examine male behaviour

ReMastered: Tricky Dicky and the Man in Black, Netflix review - dynamic saga of music and politics

Thomas H Green

Riveting hour-long documentary about Johnny Cash's White House concert in 1970

The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, OperaVision review - claustrophobic visions of terror and beauty

David Nice

Strongly-cast revival keeps the ambiguities of Henry James's ghost story in play

Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema, BBC Four review - the undying allure of the spying game

Marina Vaizey

A voyage through the secret world on celluloid

Wild, Hampstead Theatre online review - timelier than anticipated

Matt Wolf

Mike Bartlett's 2016 play chimes with our topsy-turvy times

Four Kids and It review – a family friendly yarn that needs more magic

Joseph Walsh

Jacqueline Wilson’s contemporary update is a so-so Blytonesque adventure

Oliver Craske: Indian Sun, The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar review - a master receives masterly treatment

Mark Kidel

Definitive biography of India's most influential musician

Bacurau review – way-out western

Demetrios Matheou

Sonia Braga and Udo Kier star in a genre mash-up with lashings of spaghetti sauce

The Trip to Greece, Series Finale, Sky 1 review - bittersweet swansong for the cantankerous comrades

Adam Sweeting

Farce, vanity and profound seriousness somehow hang together

Czech Philharmonic Benefit Concert online review – profound musicianship in sombre masked fundraiser

David Nice

Three violinists, two cellists, four pianists and a harpist play superbly to an empty hall

The Whalebone Box review - documentary through unreliable surrealism

Owen Richards

A different kind of road trip with artist Andrew Kötting

Pen15, Sky Comedy review - the horror of adolescent schooldays revisited

Adam Sweeting

Thirty-somethings Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle revisit their Y2K pubescence

The Steph Show, Channel 4 review - magazine show debuts from host's front room

Veronica Lee

Steph McGovern to the rescue

Elton John’s iHeart Living Room Concert for America, YouTube review - the real star was a Mayo Clinic doctor named Elvis

Liz Thomson

Sir Elton John: this time we can't stand by

The Croft, Original Theatre online review – give me the remote

Aleks Sierz

Original Theatre’s tartan gothic thriller is complex but also a bit overwrought

Christine and the Queens/Instagram review - musical missives during lockdown

Veronica Lee

French singer-songwriter's petits cadeaux for her fans

Fitzcarraldo Editions wins Republic of Consciousness Prize

Jessica Payn

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo’s visceral tour de force scoops prize for outstanding fiction by a small press

Batwoman, E4 review - can Bruce Wayne's female cousin fill his bat-costume?

Adam Sweeting

Ruby Rose plays Batwoman, Gotham City's newest saviour

Le nozze di Figaro, Garsington Opera, OperaVision review - natural comedy, musical sublimity

David Nice

Durable period setting enshrines perfect characterisations. Plus a Handel special

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