Theatre is listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Touring shows are listed alphabetically by title at the end of the section. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication. Theatre Listings compiled by Mark Fisher.
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I ARCHES THEATRE Midland Street. 221 9736. [Accessz L. Facilities: W(‘. WS. C.
G. Help: A. AA]
The Barber of Seville Wed S—Sat 25 Feb. 7.30pm. £6 (£3 i. Caroline Hall comes hotfoot from directing at Edinburgh‘s Royal Lyceum to turn her hand to the Arches Theatre Company and a production of the Beauiiiarehais drama about young love.
I CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. [Access: PPA. 1... ST. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C]
Die by Suicide Fri 3—Sat 4 Feb. 7.30pm. £4 (£2). The theatre side of the CCA‘s cheery Bad Times season kicks off with
. on GOLDEN POND
i Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, until 4 Feb. Ernest Thompson’s play is about the fear of death and the need to make sense of life and relationships.
Under Caroline Hall’s direction, the 80-year-old Norman Thayer Jr’s journey towards coming to terms
: withdeath and making friends with his :. estranged daughter Chelsea is given a . zestful interpretation. The ‘bare ruined |
. choirs’ are packed with singing one- liners, even if Thane Bettany’s enthrallment with the role of Norman
2 leaves the befuddled edge of darkness
missing from a character whose ' intellect is in a state of revolt at the prospect of dying unfulfilled. You can believe that the thirteen- year-old Billy Ray, left with the
Thayers over the summer, might infuse
Norman’s life with a candid irresponsibility, but somehow the pathos that’s part of joy gets
separated out by too strong a desire to
amuse the audience. You don’t feel
i that Norman has ‘come back’ from the
process of regarding his dying self, which would be the source of his rejuvenation - his ‘old git’ attitude
seems merely a trait of old age. A lack ?
of decrepitude in the part means we
are not as grateful as we should be for
his rudeness, which should be a sign that he’s holding on to life.
i Mawkishness can stalk a play like this and is definitely present when through the insect screen Chelsea’s younger but invisible self mimics her toying with a teddy hear when confronting her father with the sterility of their relationship.
That said, the play has many fine performances. The script is rich and
On Golden Pond: zestful interpretation
evocative and Eileen McCallum as Ethel Thayer, Norman’s enduring wife, seems authentically attuned to the emotive centre of the play. It’s she who again and again grabs at life, singing to the loons on the lake and making a perfect circle of the seven
ages of womankind. (Bonan O’Donnell)
Mayhew and Editioiids and a show that draws on Michael Mayhew‘s several experiences of suicide. Becky lidmunds performs. See preview.
I CITIZEHS’ THEATRE Gorhals Street. 42‘) I ()022. [Access: L. R. Facilities: WC. WS.
H. G. C. Help: AA] , Women Beware Women t—‘n 3—Sni 4 Feb. ; 7.30pm. £(i (£2). Free preview Thurs 2 ‘ Feb. Philip Prowse directs and designs
‘ Thomas Middleton‘s revenge tragedy about lust. incest. jealousy and power-
} play. A familiar Citz cast including Henry
laii Cusick. Anne Lambton and Gerard McArthur.
I CDTTIER THEATRE 935 Hyndland Street. 357 3868.
Nuis Clos and Mon Ismenie Until Sat 28 5 Jan. 7.30pm. £3. Glasgow University
l French Department in a double bill of
existentialisiii and comedy perloi‘med in the original language.
My Piece of Foreign Sky Tue 31 Jan -Sun
5 Feb. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). A new Scottish company Irresistible Flood. set tip by
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playwright Lara Jane Bunting and director '
Mary lylcCluskey. launches itself with .1 production of Buiiting’s play about an
Ayrshire family put under pressure by the
f closure ofthe local pit.
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