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All social work, and no real play; THEATRE

InThe Positive Hour, a new play by April de Angelis at the Hampstead Theatre, a social worker organises sessions where you sit round in a semi-circle and talk about what you really feel. There are all sorts of things, it emerges, to sit in semi-circles and worry about: gender, empowerment, sisterhood, single-parenthood, marriage, prostitution and sado-masochism. In Max Stafford-Clark's production of The Positive Hour, we are brought face to face with relevant issues about the modern female experience. This isn't quite the same thing as watching a play.

THEATRE: Babycakes, Tron Theatre, Glasgow (0141-552 4267) to Sun. The Drill Hall, London (0171-637 8270) from Tue

"We were terrified. That's a wee understatement for you." Unless the afterlife really does exist, Andrew Davies will never have to argue his case with Jane Austen or George Eliot. Not so John Binnie. His adaptation of Babycakes, the fourth volume of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, has just opened and he and his company, Clyde Unity Theatre, had the pleasure of the author's company for the last four days of rehearsal.

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Love, it seems, will always find a way. Still. Yet it's an uphill struggle for everyone in Chris Hannan's bravely commercial but clever new play - his first for five years - as the tangles and tatters of screwed up 1990s affairs are exposed in all their ignominy. Anne Mary is getting wed to Billy, who brings her flowers and says pretty things. But her other beau, also called Billy, has talked her into calling it off. The purchase of a wardrobe will sort things out, but the fates are against them from the off. Meanwhile, perennial hustler Charlie inadvertently prophesies his mother's impending demise while scrounging a tenner off his ex. A suit must be bought.
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