Review: Theatre

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TAMASHA THEATRE'S 14 Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral is a bold attempt by the company to provide a small-scale staging of the 1994 Bollywood blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!, a film so popular it played for a year in London. It's the all-smiles performances from the fresh-faced cast, lipsynching to saccharine anglicised tracks, which keep you engaged with the soapy, matrimony-fixated action.

Lyric Studio, London W6 (0181-741 8701) 8pm

You should probably read The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (right) before you see Method and Madness's dexterous version, which attempts to cram in as many of the savage plot twists surrounding the obsessive central murder investigation as possible. But director Mike Alfreds still manages to crank up the tension, with a taut visual style that persuasively relays Ellroy's dystopian vision of Forties LA.

Derby Playhouse (01332 363275) 7.30pm