The Week in Review

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THE FILM

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU...

OVERVIEW

The plot of Taming of the Shrew is relocated to Padua High School, Seattle.

"A constant, pleasant surprise," noted Charlotte O'Sullivan. "Good-natured fun," wrote the Financial Times. "A bright romantic comedy, nicely and sharply written," beamed The Guardian. "Julia Stiles's virago [is] a seething, articulate tour de force," gushed The Daily Telegraph. "The funniest teen comedy for many a year," declared the Daily Mail. "A quiet revelation," Time Out.

A study in female distemper which overflows with intelligence, wit and charm.

On general release, certificate 12

THE PLAY

THE MAIDS

Katie Mitchell revives Jean Genet's play about a pair of play- acting maids.

"Treads well Genet's fine line between fakery and feeling... though, there are points when the minutes drag by," stated Dominic Cavendish. "I have rarely seen a play more persuasively flattered by its director and cast," revealed The Daily Telegraph. "The miracle of Mitchell's superb staging is its creepy, genuine terror," cried the Daily Mail.

Mitchell's studied staging is compelling - if a little laboured.

Young Vic, London, 0171-928 6363

THE DANCE

LA BAYADeRE

A new season with the Bolshoi Ballet at the Coliseum begins with La Bayadere.

"The Bolshoi's biggest virtue in this is the wholehearted way that the company performs it. But they deserve a better production," stated John Percival. "Leaden and over-stuffed," grumbled The Guardian. "The corps de ballet epitomise the classical purity that is the Bolshoi's birthright... magnificent," said the Daily Mail.

La Bayadere provides only glimpses of the Bolshoi's former glories.

Coliseum, WC2, 0171-632 8300

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