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All’s Not Fair — In Love, War & Commerce

All’s Not Fair — In Love, War & Commerce

BY ANDY HUMM | I had a week of theater in London with a very high body count — from civilian victims of terrorism and war to post-war suicides to lives wrecked by infidelity. I saw one masterpiece, the world premiere of a 90-year-old gay-themed play, a joyful salute to a teen drag queen, and some well-intentioned […]

Dark and Darker on the London Stage

Dark and Darker on the London Stage

BY ANDY HUMM | The doomed boy prince Mamillius (Rudi Goodman) in “The Winter’s Tale” tells Paulina (Judi Dench), a noblewoman in the Sicilian court, “A sad tale is best for winter.” Most of the productions I saw at Yuletide in London took that to heart and sometimes to extremes, though this “Tale” (through January […]

Cerebral Plays, Low Comedies, Searing Social Dramas On Stage in London

Cerebral Plays, Low Comedies, Searing Social Dramas On Stage in London

BY ANDY HUMM | As one of the more scientifically-minded characters I saw on the London stage this month might say, let’s start with what you can see. NT Live is transmitting the National Theatre’s sold-out hits to cinemas in New York and around the world (ntlive.com for venues and schedule). First on your list should be Ralph […]