Depicting a gay witch-hunt in the US Navy, Burning Blue (right) at the King's Head leaves you in no doubt that author David Greer knows this world and its ethos from singeing first-hand experience. John Hickok's sexually charged production emphasises how tense and fine is the division between the male bonding the Navy depends on, and the homoerotic desire it condemns. It may leave you wondering why gay men would want to join this institution, but the play powerfully upholds their right to do so.
At Nottingham, Alistair Beaton's wittily incisive adaptation of The Nose opens out Gogol's surreal short story to suggest that the hero is a more complete human being without the eponymous appendage than with.
At the Gate, Laurence Boswell's splendid pressure-cooker staging of Agamemnon's Children proves that, of all Greek dramatists, Euripides is our contemporary.