#Twittiques (Tweet Reviews)


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. Girlfriends, call centers & public restrooms. Conventional material but excels w/ his easygoing charm. 3/5

2 Become 1: Exuberant performances, laugh out loud dating drama, and platform shoes – to a soundtrack of your fave 90s tunes 3/5

24 Hours With Mary Lynn Rajskub. Down-to-earth & hilariously witty, Rajskub’s comedic tales about life after #24 are masterfully told. 4/5

3 Men In A Boot: A Sketchy History. A young trio attempt to comedically rewrite history but most of these convoluted sketches fall flat. 2/5

40 Minutes to Howard. This sweet but slow moving drama about strangers on a train runs into problems with flat conversation & cliché. 2/5

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A History, w/ Nowell Edmurnds. This bizarre sketch show about a fictional minor celebrity is incomprehensible & difficult to sit through 1/5

A Lady’s Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman. Pop-parody divas will have you in stitches w/ catchy tunes & raunchy gags. 3/5

A Little Princess. Heartfelt children’s show of riches to rags with brilliant performance by Izzie Price; a bit unambitious but sweet. 3/5

A Ruff Guide to Shakespeare. A lightning speed history lesson w/ cute songs & some gaffs for grownups makes for an endearing kids show. 4/5

Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence. Affable boldly covers politics, religion & love with a deft & fresh eye. 4/5

Ada/Ava. Otherworldly and deeply moving, creates a gothic triumph w/ this puppeteering/cinema/theatre hybrid. A must-see. 5/5

Adam Hess: Feather. Hess’s nervous awkwardness and lightning fast speech distract from how truly clever and inventive his material is. 2/5

Adam Larter’s Return on Investment. A surreal comedy about love & business that relies a bit too heavily on slapstick gags. 3/5

Adele is Younger Than Us. Endearing musical duo lampoon their sub-par love lives through original songs & funny banter. 3/5

Adventure Quest. Though it lags occasionally, this utterly original geek-pleaser is funny, smart & unexpectedly profound. 3/5

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl. A superb musical, takes you to a jungle bursting with hope & wild characters. 5/5

After Hours Comedy: A variety pack of top comedians deliver bitesized sets ranging from Tinder gone wrong to Brexit to infiltrating ISIS 4/5

Al Porter: At Large. is a natural entertainer, guaranteed to bring you to stitches as he spins cheeky tales of mischief. 4/5

Alex Kealy is an Idea Whose Time Has Come. Wittily satires Brexit and public school angst, but relies on a tired self-pitying persona. 3/5

Allison After the Fire: Touching human drama of a couple who lose more than belongings in a forest fire; compellingly staged & performed 4/5

Andrea Hubert: Week. Darkly poetic comic mulls over mental illness & hopelessness w/ an edgy set that will shock & delight 3/5

Andrew Ryan: Ruined. This rambling stand up act falls short in the laughs department w/ flat jokes about self-help, gluten & expulsion. 2/5

ANGLICHANKA. Brash, silly & delightfully vulgar tells the story of her journey to Moscow & sings some kick-ass opera. 4/5

As Yet Undecided. A half baked & poorly structured “meta-play” concept that feels at once painfully awkward & indulgently self-pitying. 1/5

Austentatious: Ace comedy improv from ; the audience & actors revel together in universally acknowledged hilarity. 5/5

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Beach Hunks: Very Handsome. A trio of lads perform a series of absurdist sketches that are occasionally clever but don’t always land. 2/5

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour. Utterly brilliant, effortlessly eloquent & a master craftsman, is a comedic & lyrical genius. 5/5

BEASTS Presents Mr Edinburgh 2016. host a riotous spectacle w/ fun song parodies, squeal inducing stunts & laughs galore. 3/5

Best Boy. Sketch double act filled w/ lackluster & redundant puns is redeemed by an outrageous magic bit & brilliantly ridiculous finale 2/5

Bhumi. Singaporean dance showcases epic visual storytelling to address the issue of identity in a multicultural world. 3/5

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment. Expertly operated enthralling puppets are delight to watch. Anything is possible! 3/5

Britney. A sharp, high-energy comedy duo, retells and lampoons a touching true story of fighting a brain tumor. 4/5

Bucket List. This ambitious piece about a Mexican worker’s delusional revenge uses ace physicality & music to create a compelling drama. 5/5

Buzz the musical: Riotous story of sexual discovery with bold, laugh-out-loud moments & captivating characters who shine centre stage. 4/5

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Camille O’Sullivan:The Carny Dream. bewitches w/ unique & passionate renditions powered by a dynamic voice. A tour de force! 5/5

CeilidhKids. A mix of new & traditional Scottish dancing that has kids stomping & clapping w/ glee. Terrifically fun! 3/5

Children Are Stinky. Stunning acrobatics and explosive charisma leave both parents and children awestruck. Non-stop interactive fun! 5/5

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide. ‘s dark stand-up set discusses mental health & suicide w/ creativity & moving sincerity. 4/5

Claire Dawson: A Woman on the Edge. Overblown cabaret about a middle aged renaissance that aims for quirky humor but the result is trite.2/5

Colin Hoult/Anna Mann: A Sketch Show for Depressives. Hoult’s alter ego charms w/ biting wit & a host of delightfully tragic characters. 3/5

Cook & Davies: Do Not Leave This Room. A surreal exploration of manhood vs childhood imagination crippled by poor acting & transitions. 2/5

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation. doubles as a hysterical murder mystery & tight witty improv show. Spontaneous mastery. 4/5

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Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady. tells a trippy tale of madness & sadness through the eyes of a unique heroine. 3/5

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs. Rookie Daniel Piper gives a fun but forgettable account of ‘gang life’ & his obsession w/ James Bond. 2/5

Danielle Ward: Seventeen. A stand-up comedy lesson on feminism & growing up, Ward reminisces & quips, but has no real insights. 2/5

Dark Heart: Exceptional songs in a musical about overcoming mental illness w/ talented young cast but disappointing staging & direction. 3/5

David Ephgrave: Mostly David Ephgrave. A bland comedy set on branding, pop culture, and commercialism that fails to produce laughter. 1/5

David Green: Celebrity Love Letters. Lovably eccentric charms w/ hilarious songs & poetry dedicated to obscure celebs. 3/5

Deadline. A tense, drug-fueled melodrama, but the constant intensity leaves little room to build, resulting in a dissatisfying climax. 2/5

Des Bishop: Grey Matter. is at his best when riffing off the audience & going off script. An ace writer & superb improviser. 4/5

Dirty White Boys. Dynamic duo delivers high-octane sketches w/ sharp-witted intelligence & knee-slapping punch lines. 3/5

Dominic Frisby: Let’s Talk About Tax. presents an intriguing & comically rousing lecture on the plights of U.K. taxation. 3/5

Doug Segal: I Can Make You Feel Good. Mind reader is a jubilant entertainer but falls a few tricks short of believable. 2/5

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Ed Gamble: Stampede. Affable & clever, Fringe-fave Ed Gamble takes topics as bland as cauliflower & turns them into comedy gold. 4/5

Ed Night: I’m Amazed It Has a Title. Deliciously dry & astute observational humour w/ spot on delivery; is effortlessly cool. 4/5

Ed Patrick Junior Optimist: Doctor & comic discusses odder aspects of medicine w/ empathy, bemusement & well earned laughs. 3/5

Eddie Aczel’s Foreign Policy. Ill-prepared & so bullies his audience for an hour; doesn’t seem to know foreign policy or any good jokes. 1/5

Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame. Refreshingly unpolished ‘s intimate set on life’s highs & lows is a gem; brave & hilarious 4/5

Elf Lyons: Pelican. is enthralling in this delightfully eccentric stand up dedicated to the mother she loves to hate. 4/5

EllieIda. Physical comedy & razor-sharp wit make ‘ brassy, feminist take on a show biz comedy an uproariously good time. 4/5

En Folkefiende. This modern adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People is so drenched in melodramatic direction it loses all meaning. 2/5

Enter the Bagman. A wacky one-man show about the adventures of a cloakroom attendant, is dynamically inventive & charismatic. 3/5

Etherwave – Adventures with the Theramin. An hour of theramin music & history that alternates between quietly awkward & painfully so. 1/5

Every Wild Beast. A dark, uplifting & poignant gem, @EveryWildBeast is a uniquely intimate theater experience that is not to be missed. 5/5

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Fingertips. Engrossing performances & understated dialogue make for an intimate play despite trite talk about dating w/ technology. 3/5

Fiona Sagar: Entitled. A talented impressionist, completely morphs into an array of hilariously self-indulgent characters. 4/5

Flo and Joan: Victory Flaps. This musical comedy sister duo mocks millennial life with charm & wit. are lyrical geniuses. 5/5

Foehn Effect. In this intensely intimate recount of rape, uses poetic language & imagery to amplify horrors spoken quietly. 5/5

For the Love of Pie. is full of infectious energy & quirky characters in this comedic fall from celebrity chef fame. 3/5

F*cking Men. This steamy play presents an intimate & compelling commentary on seemingly empty sexual relationships in urban gay culture. 3/5

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Garrett Millerick: The Dreams Stuff is Made Of. Energetic & slightly mad, Millerick retells a worn-out story of broken childhood dreams. 2/5

Gender Spanner. Seductive rockstar charisma from , whose personal story challenges preconceived notions of identity. 3/5

Generation Zero. A stunning experimental play that poetically wrestles over the consequences of environmental activism & relationships. 4/5

Geoff Norcott Conswervative: ‘s hilarious set on voting conservative as a working class man feels like a guilty pleasure. 4/5

Girl Versus Corinth. Spot-on vocals & a lesson in feminist history; an engaging but inconsequential electropop rollercoaster. 3/5

Glasgow Girls. ‘s powerful, catchy musical recounts the true story of girls fighting for refugee rights and friendship. 4/5

Grey Matter. Beautifully rendered set design and effortless transitions stun in this powerful drama about psychopathic research. 4/5

Grimm: An Untold Story. A feminist take on the origin of fairytales, this whimsical fable is a rare & powerful piece of storytelling. 4/5

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Hang. Passionate performances drive this raw & thought provoking look at the death penalty that stays with you long after you leave. 4/5

Help. An energetic & rib-tickling parody of a self-help seminar, has a cool confidence that will hook you in. 3/5

Help us Tom Toal. Sincere schoolboy nostalgia & great audience interaction, but rambling stand-up w/ drawn out jokes that lack in punch. 3/5

Here Lies A Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Fascinating yet muddy, this dramedy is a compelling take on the trope w/ an unclear takeaway. 2/5

Hero Worship. A man, his dog, his girlfriend & his anxiety, a charming, feel-good motivational play about being your own superhero. 3/5

Holly Burn: I Am Special. This peculiar set about the childhood entitlement of a millennial is more feeble than funny. 2/5

How is Uncle John? presents a devastating & powerful drama of a mother losing her daughter to human trafficking. 4/5

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I’m Doing This For You. A powerhouse solo performance by , equally hilarious, poignant & arresting from the first moments. 4/5

Improvised Mythology. delivers a clever and original impromptu Greek-style myth full of monsters, madness & mirth. 3/5

In Her Own Words:The Diana Tapes. A stunning & heart-wrenching historical drama, reveals Diana’s secret torment w/ grace. 4/5

In Utero. An ambitious play w/ a powerful message, but the messy script, repetitive transitions & flat performances take away its impact 2/5

It’s Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes). A wild performance featuring a host of zany characters; prepare to be unprepared. 3/5

iTopia. This experimental drama combines physical theatre & spoken word in a moving examination of technology’s role in relationships. 3/5

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Jack Berry: You Don’t Know Jack. A diverting quarter-life crisis earns winsome a barrel of laughs & the love of his audience. 3/5

Jacob Hatton: Dreams of Fitzroy and Londis. A passionate comic whose random & erratic jokes could do w/ massive edits & more rehearsal. 1/5

Jayde Adams: 31. Wildly enjoyable, high-octane brilliance from the unique who delivers laughter on even the saddest topics. 5/5

Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick. Fan fave ‘s no-holds-barred set includes a smoke machine & ace material 4/5

John Hastings: Integrity. plays it safe with a chuckle-worthy but ultimately uninspired show about friends & family. 3/5

John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster. Roberts is a nightmare creature in this grotesque, random hour of nonsense that leaves you bemused. 2/5

John Robertson: Arena Spectacular! While Robertson is full of energy & excitement, this stand up set is repetitive and thin on content. 2/5

JoJo Bellini’s Kitchen Cabaret. Ballsy cooks up a hilarious & interactive Tom Jones-themed cabaret that is literally tasty. 3/5

Jonny Pelham Fool’s Paradise: Highly adorable & bashful comic whose fresh standup is earnest, self aware and seamlessly ready for improv 4/5

Jordan Brookes: The Making of. Under-rehearsed & overthought, this bumpy stand-up act lags w/ tedious tangents & self-pitying pandering. 1/5

Juice Straws are Bleak. @SuperglueALBizarre’s absurdist comedy about a skewed child’s view of the world is astonishingly funny & weird. 4/5

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Karaoke Night at Al Capone’s Pancake House. energetically serves up pop hits & big laughs in this satisfying love story. 4/5

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro. An exquisite masterpiece that joins classical music with comedy in perfect harmony. Flawless storytelling. 5/5

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Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII. A compelling historical thriller from w/cracking script & superb cast. 4/5

Last Call. ‘s graphic novel meets spoken word & electro-jazz; moody, dark & disorienting, yet visually & audibly stunning. 4/5

Laughing Stock. Magnificent sketches from about the tube, chat shows & sex; perhaps the best sketch show at the fringe. 5/5

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx. Bright & optimistic delights in a cheerful set about marriage, feminism, and vacuum cleaners. 3/5

Laura London: CHEAT. is a skillful sleight of hand magician but her stories & showmanship fall disappointingly flat. 2/5

Life by the Throat. This one-woman show by shares one man’s narrative with extraordinary empathy & tenderness. Stunning. 5/5

Lifted. ‘ dynamic solo show about a Scottish Muslim held by police sheds light on institutional racism w/ cheeky humanity 4/5

L.I.V.E. This charming, old-fashioned radio show provides plenty of laughs and nostalgia. is worth tuning in to. 4/5

Living Luke. talks commitment, love & life in this laid-back, relatable & brutally honest stand up act. Couples buckle up! 3/5

Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee. Understated is insightful but rather unoriginal in this set about mental illness & being over 30. 3/5

Love for Sale: Quintessential musical cabaret w/ a winsome streak of melancholy; this intimate song-confessional will intrigue & delight 4/5

LoveHard: House on the Hill. pay homage to classic horror stories while making each other laugh as hard as the audience. 4/5

Lovely Lady Lump. One-woman show tackles breast cancer w/ engaging heart & comic relief but could do w/ stronger writing & transitions. 2/5

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where’s my Lion? Intelligent, political & personal, Gola shines a light on cultural ignorance w/ comedic prowess. 3/5

Luke Kempner: Judi Dench Broke My Heart. Lovable ‘s spot-on impressions will tickle TV fanatics but leave others nonplussed. 3/5

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Magnetic Diaries. This melodramatic poetry play depicts one woman’s struggle w/ mental illness through lyrical but indecipherable poems. 2/5

Mamalogs. spins a collection of motherhood tales into a solo show rich in engaging characters. Enchanting storytelling. 4/5

Man in the Miracle: Sincere but puzzling comedic storytelling; contains less substance & more coconut oil than expected. 2/5

Marcus Brigstocke: Why The Long Face. @marcusbrigstocke brings down the house with a sidesplitting set about empathy & wearing no pants. 5/5

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows. is a riot, tackling austerity & Brexit w/ comic genius. ? Possibly. 5/5

Mark Toland: Mind Reader. brings warmth & humanity to a gimmick-less set of mystical tricks that astounds & enchants. 4/5

Mark Watson: Edinborolympics. Three comedians vie for world superiority in increasingly absurd challenges, you’ll laugh until you cry. 5/5

Mark Watson: I’m Not Here. Lovable neurotic standup about proving your identity in the weird digital age. is tremendous. 4/5

MaryShelleyShow. This wacky lit-nerd variety hour brings together famous (deceased) writers in a riotous romp. A guaranteed good time. 3/5

Melbourne Ska Orchestra: Virtuosic & high-octane, Melbourne Ska Orchestra will have you on your feet from the first moment. A Fringe must-see. 5/5

Micky Bartlett: Blissfully Ignorant. Razor-sharp still manages to charm w/ divisive thoughts on religion, love & babies. 3/5

Michelle Wolf: So Brave. A jam-packed hour of unapologetic truth telling, ’s stand up is quirky & hilariously divisive. 4/5

Mine. This wry & bold dark comedy by explores the psychology of a rape survivor with intelligence & compassion. 4/5

Mixed Doubles: Fundraiser. An entertaining sketch quartet, dazzles w/ a world of kooky characters at a town fundraiser. 3/5

Mixtape. Armed w/ impressive piano chops, a soulful voice & encyclopedic knowledge of pop music, is an utter delight. 5/5

Mothers. Adorably unconventional young trio weave zany sketches about living at home, insecurities & intense gap years. 3/5

Mulhollandland (Work in Progress). stumbles through a comedy set full of wacky characters & clunky bits – needs polish. 2/5

Myra Dubois: Self Ad-Myra. A cabaret spectacle from that is simultaneously self-deprecating and hysterically narcissistic. 4/5

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Naomi Petersen: I Am Telling You I’m Not Going. ’s delightful musical comedy grapples with agoraphobia and comfort zones. 3/5

Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure. With masterful physicality and energy, is a comedy king in this hilarious quest for honesty. 4/5

Nina Conti: In Your Face. Innovative ventriloquist ‘s formidable improv skills make for a sensational & unmissable experience. 5/5

Notflix. A captivatingly well-improvised musical based entirely on audience suggestion. Spontaneous, surprising & delightful. 4/5

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Oh my Dad! Christ on a Bike. All singing & dancing blasphemy. The flamboyant son of God brings out a feel-good vibe in his congregation. 4/5

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth. A mix of slapstick & silly puns, hilariously explores what it is to be a man.4/5

Our Writer. A fascinating, Beckett-esque experiment in self-awareness that breaks theatrical convention in delightful & surprising ways. 4/5

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Paper Hearts the Musical. A talented cast of actor-musicians can’t quite save an aspirational but unfocused script riddled w/ clichés. 2/5

Parish Fete-ality: A Game of Scones. Game of Thrones parody is silly and fun, especially for fans, but thinly developed. 3/5

Patrick Turpin: To Me, You Are Perfect. A top notch mix of theatre & stand up. ‘s inventive comedy is not to be missed. 4/5

Paul Mcaffrey: Fresh Hell. Unoriginal but enjoyable standup with decent bits about nostalgia, domestic banter, and having a weird face. 3/5

Paul McMullan: Alcopop. gives life lessons w/ an upbeat post-addiction worldview. Uniquely funny & unexpectedly touching. 4/5

Penny. This charming nod to silent film incorporates clowning, physicality and music to tell a love story that will win your heart. 4/5

People of the Eye. A deaf accessible & enlightening glimpse into the struggles of a deaf girl growing to understand the world & herself. 3/5

Pete Otway: 6 Years From Then. Massively charming Pete Otway shares a deeply poignant story while providing plenty of belly laughs. 4/5

Pet Food. This dark comedy by about pets starving in the wake of their owner’s death is twisted & absolutely hilarious. 4/5

Petrol. A beautifully choreographed dance-theatre piece, explores our increasingly mechanized lifestyles in a fascinating way. 4/5

Phina Oruche: Identity Crisis. Oruche reviews her naivety by embodying 9 characters. Imaginative & intriguing but demands more structure 2/5

Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter. Lovably sharp discovers the science of ‘cool’ to overcome his anxiety & nerdy tendencies. 3/5

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. A stock love story is told from an unusual perspective in ‘s slick piece w/ sublime score 3/5

Princes of Main: Cool. Sketch comedy trio, , charm w/ elaborate & intelligent puns & hilarious self-referential ad-libs. 3/5

Pussyfooting. An engaging, effectively minimalist show that pulls the audience in & forces them to question the definitions of gender. 4/5

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Rachel Jackson: Force of Nature. Energetic stand-up w/ an offbeat edge, captivates w/ complete commitment & a ‘fuck you’ stare. 3/5

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans. Joyful, charming and beautifully personal: talks breakups, expectations & The Samaritans. 4/5

Radio Active. A cheeky & Python-esque radio programme parody that taps into 80’s nostalgia w/ clever turns of phrase and bone-dry humor. 3/5

Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet. delivers a chuckle worthy & educational hour of science puns and geeky fun. 3/5

Rhapsodes. Impressive improvised Shakespeare from audience suggestion; a smart double act well versed in craft, literature and comedy. 4/5

Rhys James: Forgives. Prankster-poet Rhys James flies through 90s nostalgia w/ fun quips, zany faces, sharp ad-libs & clever callbacks. 3/5

Rhys Nicolson: Bona Fide. Wry Australian jokes anxiety, sexual awakening & marriage equality in a knock out performance. 4/5

Ria Lina: Dear Daughter. Musical comedienne discusses death, dating an older man and motherhood in a fun and touching set. 3/5

Rob Carter is Christopher Bliss. alter ego is an oddball simpleton novelist who is simply hilarious & utterly captivating. 4/5

Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead. Fresh & bold, kills it with an utterly hilarious, larger than life show contemplating death. 4/5

Royal Vauxhall. A comedic musical spectacle follows Princess Di, Freddy Mercury & Kenny Everett down a foxhole of fame, drugs & secrets. 3/5

Russel Hicks: Deadliner. Top-notch stand up from the quick-witted Hicks ; his smart & speedy improv skills are formidable 4/5

Ryan Cull: Brace Yourself. transforms his experience of childhood disability into a movingly vulnerable & chuckle worthy show. 3/5

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Sarah Laing Sings the Music of Doris Day. A sweet but amateurish recital w/ flat acting, fine singing & a grating background track. 2/5

Scenes From the End. A powerful solo opera performed with precise movement & subtle acting by the virtuosic . 4/5

Sean Turner. An earnest but nerve-ridden & rambling act that relies heavily on weird noises, random buckets & prostate exam anecdotes. 2/5

Shane Todd From Holywood to Hollywood. Intelligent & grounded, riffs on chasing unrealistic dreams; sharp, if unevenly paced. 3/5

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! In this patriotic hour, spins immigration, racism & the refugee crisis into hilarity. 4/5

Shedding Skin. This innovative performance art by investigates transition & metamorphosis through compelling, earthy dance. 3/5

Skrimshanks. A darkly grotesque yet utterly lovable clowning duo indulge in hilarious improv & audience provocation. Choose your fate. 4/5

Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi? 3 guys blast off on an intergalactic adventure, molding a universe from ingenious physicality & tight comedy. 5/5

Sleeping Trees and the Chocolate Factory. Outrageously silly, lightning quick & comically self-aware, but feels like an unfinished idea. 3/5

Sisters. Endearing male sketch comedy duo experiment w/ an array of multimedia bells & whistles but lack in rhythm & pace 2/5

Smother. explores homosexuality & addiction w/ a high energy contemporary hip hop piece. Beautiful, intimate & haunting. 3/5

Something Borrowed. Portmanteau’s solo show about weddings has the potential to be insightful, but relies instead on cliched movies. 2/5

Spool. This beautiful, endearing & clever dance theater piece is a duet of Mind & Body. brilliantly explore humanity. 4/5

Stalking Grace. This solo show about an working for an idol has wonderful insight, but plodding & shaky in execution. 2/5

Stand Up and Slam! This clever face off between comedy & poetry keeps you giggling and cheering for your favorites. Competitive fun. 3/5

Star Trek vs Star Wars. Two comedians debate which franchise is better. Exceptionally nerdy & hysterically funny. 3/5

STEAM. This new play strives to tackle themes of mental illness & sexual abuse, but is stifled by amateurish theatrics & writing tropes. 2/5

Steve Bugeja: Unpronounceable. Astute stand-up discerns between logic & intuition while warming your heart with laughter. 4/5

Still Here. ‘s multi-sensory account of a refugee experience is so fully immersive you’ll forget you’re watching a play. 4/5

Sunshine on Leith. Superb acting moments, great singing & catchy songs from The Proclaimers; ‘s show is a delicious treat. 4/5

Superhero. talks superheroes, girl trouble and mental health in this optimistic solo comedy. An absolute ball. 4/5

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Tago: Korean Drum II at . Charismatic Drummers play with an explosive and exhilarating joy in this masterful physical feat. 4/5

Take Flight. In this flight to dreams, a storybook comes to life w/ hysterical clowning & aerial acrobatics. Truly magical theatre. 4/5

Taylor Glenn: A Billion Days of Parenthood. ponders motherhood w/ pithy one-liners & endearing anecdotes aimed at parents. 3/5

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. An immature & amateurish script executed w/ wooden acting devoid of any energy or rhythm. 1/5

The Biscuiteater. This quietly told tale of childhood heroes & courage is written with grace and care but performed with little zest. 3/5

The Curse on the Mordrake House. In this eerie horror story, scares with chillingly precise writing and dynamic acting. 5/5

The D-List. This questionably comedic commentary on the price & temptations of celebrity is poorly acted but has an even worse script. 1/5

The Establishment. Crazy & overly absurd posh clowns deliver quick-fire banter & drawn out jokes with Python-like nonsensical hilarity. 3/5

The Free Association Presents. The tight team of delivers clever and nuanced sitcom structure improv that’s a total uproar. 4/5

The Girl with Hurricane Hands. Ace bare bones theatre w/ clever rhymes & excellent ensemble, although one actor was too yelly for 10am. 3/5

The Invention of Acting. Fun show from ; true originals whose unique & goofy sketches excite but occasionally stumble. 3/5

The Missing. This immersive missing persons mystery is an engaging hour of detailed detective work, but leaves audiences befuddled. 3/5

The Monologues of a Tired Nurse. An engaging account of the hardships of nursing is marred by lackluster acting & sloppy stage presence. 2/5

The One Legged Man Show: The musical story of how one night changed a man’s life; funny & thoughtful, is inspirational. 4/5

The People V The Blank Slates. This amateur improv troupe’s courtroom comedy is often marred by strange self-sabotaging tangents. 2/5

The Princemaker. An aspirational but overwrought political drama whose characters come across surprisingly one-note. 2/5

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Beautiful harmonies & great effort from young actors who somewhat redeem an amateur historical musical. 2/5

The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know. Fast-paced & quick-witted, presents an amusing trivia show for Simpsons super-fans. 3/5

The Sister. Compelling performances from a cast of excellent actors, but the script’s attempt at absurdism feels shallow & meaningless. 3/5

The South Afreakins. Paterson deftly jumps between playing husband & wife in this moving & poignant solo show about home 4/5

The Steampunk Tempest. An emaciated cut of Shakespeare’s text that robs the characters of depth & falls far short of interesting. 2/5

The Surge. Political satire which openly asks: does protest really work to shape government? Smart, succinct, simple and absurd. 4/5

The Telemachy. An original & diverting retelling of Telemachus’ story interwoven w/ modern commentary from a drunk & jaded raconteur. 3/5

The Wunderkammer: Well-presented but tame improvised sketches based on genuinely fascinating Ted-talk style lectures. 3/5

Things R Looking Up. ‘s musical, multimedia solo show on navigating young adulthood is an ordinary tale told with courage. 3/5

This Is How We Lost It. Quirky dance comedy; frankly explores virginity, sex & self-image, despite being indulgently abstract at times. 3/5

Three Daughters Who Are Not Daughters. These three thought-provoking stories question the meaning of womanhood with profound complexity. 4/5

Tom and Will’s Open Swim. A flimsy narrative devolves into pointless nudity & redundant rape gags. Tom & Will are funny. This show isn’t.1/5

Tom Neenan: Vaudeville. Darkly comic tales, smartly written & deftly performed w/ impeccable timing. Tom Neenan is a masterful storyteller. 5/5

Tone Down For What. An all-girl acapella crew delivering killer renditions of classic pop hits. Engaging & fun, a certain must-see! 5/5

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome. Maverick ‘s zany set succeeds w/ rapid-fire quips, weird voices & hysterical lies. 3/5

Trainspotting. An immersive experience that takes the form of a twisted, nonstop party. Powerful, demented, and totally awesome. 4/5

Travesty. Captivating & heart-wrenchingly familiar, this romance defies traditional gender roles & depicts love w/ unflinching realism. 4/5

Trinity. An experimental look at perceptions of femininity throughout time by ; sonically chilling & visually arresting. 4/5

Trumpaggedon. This fun, solo farce from lampoons w/ droll impressions & interactive gags, though transitions are clunky. 3/5

Twonkey’s Drive-In: Jennifer’s Robot Arm. Freaky & quite demented musical about Pinocchio’s maybe sister that’s mostly incomprehensible. 1/5

Tyrannosaurus Sketch. Bland, drawn out sketches with unfunny punchlines performed by actors with no energy or comedic timing. 1/5

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UCL Graters: Immature Cheddar. present a wide array of fresh & fun sketches but need some confidence to truly sell them. 3/5

Unseal/Unseam & Erwartung. This convoluted multimedia opera assaults the senses w/ grotesque visuals, unique soundscapes & ace singing. 3/5

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Villain. Masterfully written & superbly performed, ‘s daring & poignant solo show is witty, devastating & utterly captivating 5/5

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We Are Bronte. ‘s enchantingly strange retellings of the Bronte’s iconic stories are a gothic delight from start to end. 4/5

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish. Will’s winding life story is engaging & witty, but his constant self-awareness dilutes the material. 2/5

Will Seaward: Magnificent Bastard. entertains as a super villain with ridiculous doomed-to-fail plots worthy of chortles. 3/5

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Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar. Rocky transitions, unfunny gimmicks & painful attempts at audience interaction make for a pointless spectacle. 1/5

Yokai. Magical & inventive figurines come to life in a beautiful & multi-sensory world crafted by stunning physical performers. 4/5

Yokes Night. This exciting drama about a night of no legal drug restrictions is a poignant look at how Irish law affects personal lives. 4/5

YPFii. A sinister & thought-provoking apocalyptic play w/ some standout performances from ‘s all-female cast. 3/5

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Zach and Viggo: Thunderflop. Physical comedians misuse audience interaction, pushing for kisses throughout show. It’s awkward & creepy. 2/5

zazU: Raisins to Live. ‘s phenomenally silly sketch play set at the world’s end overflows w/ talent. Pee your pants hilarious. 4/5

Zero Down. An unfocused drama about care home nurses & a journalist struggling to break a story is hindered by overwrought acting. 2/5

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