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THEATRE REVIEW: Rain Man ★★★

Rain Man Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th April 2019
Based on the 1988 film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, this theatrical vision starring Chris Fountain as self-absorbed Charlie Babbitt and Adam Lilley as  his autistic but mathematical genius brother Raymond is a slick acted but rough transitioned production that ultimately leaves you with a warmer heart, if not having a new appreciation for those on the spectrum.
With the tale centering around Charlie determined to get his half of the inheritance, which is left all to his brother, Chris and Adam's persona's work impeccably on stage which paves way for a real friendship developing on stage. Though Fountains strong accent and movement at the beginning feels harsh and abrupt compared to the more naturalistic ensemble on stage, by the time the production draws to a close, this whole manifesto is stripped back and you come to figure Fountain for his former attributes.
Adam Lilley, having taken over f…

THEATRE REVIEW: Downstate ★★★★★

Downstate Dorfman Stage, National Theatre London Tuesday 12th March - Saturday 27th April 2019
In co-production with Steppenwolf, based in Canada, Bruce Norris returns to the stage after the racial phenomenon that was Clybourne Park, to tackle the themes of sexual predators and offenders in this compelling, genuinely thought-provoking piece which poses the question of how we should treat such offenders as we dive into the lives in this production of four such beings who all live together in downstate Illinois.
At the top of the production we meet Andy (Tim Hopper), a victim of such abuse who has been left with long-term suffering and now is facing his perpetrator, wheelchair-bound Fred (Francis Guinan), and instantly as an audience we are hooked as we can see just how much of a moment that has been building up to for Andy and his wife Em (Matilda Ziegler), who in the long-run does not appear in the performance as much as her husband but does leave a lasting effect with her stern force and…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Son ★★★★

The Son
Kiln Theatre, London
Wednesday 20th February - Saturday 6th April 2019
Set in Paris during what we believe to be the present day, The Son is Florian Zeller's final part in his epic trilogy which has spawned The Father and The Mother, the former of which I was lucky enough to watch on stage - with all three productions linked together by one family looking at the different perspectives during different timelines. Not having seen The Mother it is unfair to judge the trilogy as a whole, but as a standalone piece, The Son is a terribly gripping and at times visual masterpiece with much attention given to detail.
Whilst The Father centred around dementia with an older Pierre, who in this production is portrayed by John Light, and The Mother focusing on Depression, Amanda Abbington depicting the role of Anna in this installment, Laurie Kynaston conjures up the titular role of Nicholas, who in some aspects has been the catalyst for the former productions in the saga, in this masterpi…