THEATRE REVIEW Night On The Tiles ‘1? a s-

This serious, and at times harrowing, drama explores what is every woman's worst nightmare a night of potential romance turning into something quite the opposite.

Rape, and recovery, is not one of the easiest subjects to explore, but this student production proves itself adept. It is frank, sensitive and powerfully compelling. It does not pretend to hold all the answers, but by illuminating the darker corners of the human condition

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it does not rule out a kind of redemption.

Despite its sensitive and skilful staging this may be too emotionally demanding for some late night festival goers. A sobering experience.

(Ross Holloway)

a Night On The Tiles (Fringe) K 486, C Over-Seas (Venue l 9) 225 5705, until 37 Aug (not 20) II 45pm, £5 ([4).


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Anyone over the age of twelve who comes on to Gary Glitter deserves your admiration. But, entrance music aside, Donna Jackson is more than worthy of applause. Her show is a gutsy, physical monologue detailing the doomed lesbian relationship of a self-sufficient, self-confessed Aussie ’car addict’ more at home with a flat tyre than a flatrnate.

The performance is heavy on Sun Quatro and poignant rope-tricks. How much you'll enjoy it depends on how far you're willing to accept the central conceit of 'auto repair ediials human relationships.’ 60 With it and you could have the Devilgate drive of your llfC’. (Peter Ross)

a Car Maintenance, Explosives 81 Love (Fringe) Donna Jackson, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 37 Aug (not 25) Ilpm, USO/£6 50 ([6/IS)

THEATRE REVIEW Apples And Snakes ii: ‘9: a: it

Performance poets are soaring late- night at the Cavern, an intimate cabaret-style setting tucked at the back of the Pleasance. The roster of US-UK artists varies each week. The night I was there Richard Allen, composer of hyper, humorous verse, compered a top-notch line-up of talent that leaned toward urban black v0ices

Siibiect matter included sexual politics, suiCide, menstruation, physical abuse and even some socially consCious jazz. Sounds heavy, but the programme was an enthusiastically received celebration of rhythm, rhyme and reason. If phrases like ’napalm

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Notes from the Underground

“Stunnineg effective...“ - The Scocsman

“Striking and Visceral... A tour de force." - San Jose Mercury News

“True to the spirit of Dostoevsky." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

ROMAN EAGLE LODGE (2|), 2 johnston Terrace

- A NEW PLAY BY KEN PRESTININZI Inspired by Dostoevsky's

IOpm through 30 August (not 24. 2S)

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An Evening With Howard Marks


it's like paying to hear an old stoner droning on for hours about how he fought the drug wars. In fact, An Evening With Howard Marks really is paying to hear an old stoner droning on. . .

There is every reason to believe that a man with Marks’ track record could turn in an amusing autobiographical show. He has had his fair share of close shaves, and met enough shady characters to keep the anecdote reservoir topped up, but he fails to translate these experiences with any panache. He is an affable scruff. but hardly a charismatic presence.

An opening voiceover charts some

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informal observations, then it's into the script - dramatisations of events built round dialogues between Marks and A.N.Other prerecorded voice which are neither witty nor interesting. Each evening is rounded off with a Q&A session which will vary wildly according to how stoned or clued-up the most vociferous audience members are.

On review night, there's a man in the audience who objects to Marks' status as a folk hero but what can Marks do about that? That‘s the choice of those willing to pay for a show that is neither entertaining nor edifying.

(Fiona Shepherd)

d An Evening With Howard Marks (Fringe) Howard Marks, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until37 Aug (not 25) 10.30pm, £9/f8. 50/f8 ([8/f 7. 50/! 7).

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nasuness’ and 'we were yin-yang united’ grab you, head on down for some acute listening thrills

(Donald Hutera)

App/es And Snakes (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) .556 6550, until 31 Aug, I 1 40pm, f6/f5 (IS/[4)

Apples And Snakes: biting wit COMEDY REVlEW Rob Newman

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He may not have come on stage on roller-skates and he may be a few pounds heaVier from his days when he made David Baddie! seem like a mass of self-confidence, but Rob Newman still knows how to punch the Crowd- pleasing buttons. The 30-something angst remains and, luckily, so do the gags.

From cartoon-like images of reality to Edinburgh's rating system (no, really)

he goes on to prove a fine talent for mimicry wrth a little bit Of politics. He probably felt he had never really been away. (Brian Donaldson)

Rob Newman (Fringe) Observer Assembly (Venue 3) 226 2428, until 31 Aug, 10pm, [10 50/[9 50

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COMEDY REVIEW Madison Page Dares To Ask, 'What Is This Thing Called

Exuding breezy Ozzie charm and Dame Edna brassiness, Madison Page is here to tell you what love has to do wrth everything, Using her two-man band as stooges, she bounds through a whimpering, drunken homage to the excesses of romance and heartbreak. Gaily dispensing girlie advice, she saunters with self- conscious chatter, making her mock pose as love queen the butt of her satire

Jazzy renditions of Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart CIaSSICS show off Page's powerful v0ice, assisting in these vodka-fuelled attempts to reinvent diva status However, the cramped cellar venue does tend to make the occasional absence of real humour in the set, aside from snigger-worthy hamming, all the more obvious. (Caroline Brown)

a Madison Page Dares To Ask, 'What Is This Thing Called Love?’ (Fringe)

C hristie’s Comedy Cellar (Venue 106) 228 3765, until 30 Aug 30 (not 23-25 Aug) 10pm, £6 (£5).