pick of the week
Wednesday 13 December 1995
There's a huge cast in Michael Mears's virtuoso show and they're all played by the author. The first winner of a fringe first at this year's Edinburgh Festival, the show was such a red-hot ticket that even critics were turned away in the scramble for seats.
Lyric Studio, London W6 (0181-741 2311), Road to Nirvana
A corrosive, comical slice of Hollywood life bursting with satirical intent and inspired silliness. Michael Taylor's designs are suitably tasteless, and Justin Greene's production keeps a tight rein on the proceedings and wins strong performances from a talented cast.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (0131-228 1404) Three Tall Women
The glorious Maggie Smith dominates Edward Albee's return to critical and popular success. An elegant game of past and present with wonderfully wintery writing. The final exquisite five minutes are worth the price of admission.
Closes Saturday. Wyndham's Theatre, London WC2 (0171-369 1736)
Marriage goes under the microscope in Sondheim's marvellous urban musical. Tart lyrics, a cracking score and a cast including the redoubtable Sheila Gish and the wickedly talented Liza Sadovy.
Opens tonight, 7pm Donmar, London WC2 (0171-369 1732)
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader
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JK Rowling to publish new Harry Potter story online for Halloween
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt stars in visceral and brutally ugly drama that reminds us war is hell
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts