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REV/,1 ucr'rethrrggate tabloid scandal. And Princess Dr's death .-:as no exception. Set arrridst tl‘e catacl/Srrwir, days bet/Me and after that fatal car crash. Hunt/rig Diana is Henry Na,|0r's Lacy and torigue-in-cheek look at a Secret Service as paranoid as it is corrupt. There are no answers here. except a '.‘/arning that you can trust no one 7 including the person who tells you that. So don't go along to solve the riddle, Just go for a royal laugh. i()orrie Millsl
I Gr/ded 8a//oon Tevrot. (508 1633. MW 30 Aug inot 7(5), zip/n, l‘Q—E‘IO f5 (LI-4‘9).
LOSING VENICE European company do semi-surreal theatre 0..
Whatever the ’rustification' given for invading a country, it seems vanity and greed are often fundamentally responsible. John Clifford's play. a Fringe hit in 1985 and here rev:ved by Art Immediate and Polish director Aldona Figura. explores this idea when it's particularly topical. In 17th century Spain. a lecherous duke deCides to invade Venice. taking along hrs poet and rnanservant for the ride. With an atmospheric live. flamenco-style guitar accompaniment. the six actors use elements of Commedia dell Arte and physical theatre to enhance the telling of this abstract tale. often to bizarre comic effect. Some imaginative and at times striking images take over in the absence of a clear narrative. Also dealing abstractly with gender issues and sexual politics. this show is like a Surreal dream. Let it wash over \OU wrthOth letting Intellectual reasoning get in the way.
I Komedia Roman Eag/e Lodge. 226 7207. 6—22 Aug. 4.40pm. ET (€3.50—L‘5l.
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PEACEFIRE Craic-ing Good
who would want to spend or‘e hour listening to a tracksuited teenager swilling Buckie like there's no tornorroi.‘.“z‘ lf you're naatchrng Macdara Valler 's one man show. Peacefrt-z. then chances are you'd happilxy spend With the audience firmly in his hand thrOughout. he tells us of Colin. He may be no different from any other rnisgurded teenage hoodlum, except this is Northern Ireland and a Jokey anecdote about a toy ride gone awry ends wrth a bullet in the
TEMPTING PROVIDENCE Dry and uninspired narrative from Canada's modern history 00
Myra Bennett. the English nurse who tackled an astonishing arra\ of medical problems on Canada's remote northern peninsula from 1921 until the 70s. is. rightly revered in her adopted homeland. Having played mrdwrfe. dentist. GP. Surgeon and even vet up and down the harsh coastline, how could rt be otherWise'?
However, despite some fine moments of improvrsation and a strong central performance from Deidre Gillard
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dialogues sharp enough to provrde plenty of painfully funny
each other and lusting after girls represent The male of the species man, egotistical.
gets a thorough going misogynistic and gender insights. And over in Australian immature. at hrs most the climactic revelation playwright Brendan pathetic. The majority of of the show. which Cowell's Ieary and lucid the lines are bellowed might be more anthropological by the three incredible appropriately though comedy, Three young sulks (Neighbours star less rronrcally titled cocks holed up in a Jonathon Dutton berng ‘Boys'. is priceless. swanky penthouse one of the energetic (Miles Fielder)
send-up O... Rowlings. this
biographical play lacks pace and is dreanly untheatrical. (Mark Brown)
I Traverse Theatre. 228 7404, untrl 28 Aug (not 76 8 23). times vary, £‘7 7 ($450438).
kneecap. Edgy and funny, Colin's story is one yOu should. and wrll, want to hear. So pass the Buckfast. (Corrie Mills)
I Gr/ded Balloon Caves. 668 l633, untrl 30 Aug. 7pm, $760—$850 (56.50—57.50).
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This peculiar little piece from 78th Street theatre starts with a lecture on cooking, goes on to the severe beating of American news anchorman Dan Rather, and proceeds to explore two parallel lives, both of which changed one night in 1961. On the way we meet a sexy, rather elemental make-up lady and explore spiritual voids, the media and our own capacity for making order from chaos. This intriguing piece is very like 3 Thomas Pynchon novel in its concerns with history and chance, and contrives to be amusing through sheer inventiveness. A clever and quite complete night of theatre.
I Assemb/i Room, 226 2428. untrl 30 Aug. 7.30pm, [IO—£77 rf9—f70l
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