(Fiona Mountford's article ran in the Evening Standard 3/30.)
Kursk is unmissable
If you didn’t manage to immerse yourself in the captivating underwater world of Kursk on its first outing at the Young Vic last summer, grab this second chance now. Seeing this thrilling piece about life aboard a Trafalgar class hunter-killer submarine once again, I appreciated even more the detail that makes it so compelling.
(Dave Itzkoff's article appeared in the New York Times, March 30.)
A Touch for Funny Bones and Earlobes
MONTECITO, Calif. — “I’ll buzz you in, Dear,” a bright, familiar voice said through an intercom outside a Spanish-style ranch home here. A gate opened, and at the end of a circular drive, crowded inside a doorway to avoid an unusual steady California rain, stood the oblivious Starlett O’Hara, the vainglorious Nora Desmond, the tempestuous Eunice Higgins and the one woman who embodied them all, Carol Burnett.
(Dominic Maxwell's article appeared in the Times of London, 3/30.)
Taking Steps at the Orange Tree, Richmond
Here’s an Alan Ayckbourn revival that sets the record straight. Thirty years ago, this mini masterpiece of a farce became one of Ayckbourn’s rare flops when it moved from his Scarborough theatre-in-the-round to the proscenium arch of the Lyric, Hammersmith in London. It lost so much of its charm that it made Ayckbourn’s wife cry at the interval.