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The elephant in the room (or what’s wrong with theatre reviews part one)

By David Herman  

Sometimes things happen in the arts which are so strange that you look on in disbelief, jaw open. One such is the trailer for the film of Mamma Mia! (it’s the moment when Meryl Streep starts singing the title song). Another is in its way even stranger.

The first act of the revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular (1972) at the Garrick is so full of strange and terrible things that it’s hard to believe anything worse could happen. But then at the end of act two something even weirder happens. The terrific David Bamber (Mole in the National’s…

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