✭✭✭✭✩ Raw power
Visceral and uncomfortable truths are laid bare in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of In Time O’ Strife. Despite the odd false step in the staging, this is an emotionally charged and thoroughly involving production.
✭✭✭✭✩ Simple but not simplistic
Charming, funny and with deceptive depth, First Cosmonaut from Sligo-based Blue Raincoat Theatre tells the story of the first man in space entertainingly.
✭✭✭✩✩ Serious fun
An extremely clever idea lies behind MONEY the Game Show, Clare Duffy’s play which originated with the Platform 18: New Directions Award and now returns to the Traverse for a two night run.
✭✭✭✩✩ Cautionary whimsy
The final production in this Spring season of lunchtime theatre at the Traverse, see whimsy runs right through Iain Heggie’s comic, cautionary tale of self delusion and social media use.
✭✭✭✭✩ Slightly imperfect
Infectious and entertaining, The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is an engaging production whose flaws do not detract from its essential likeability.
✭✭✭✭✩ Puts flesh on bones
Lang syne deid, the Skeleton Wumman is an eerie and intriguing storyteller in Gerda Stevenson’s contribution to this Spring’s season of lunchtime theatre at the Traverse.
✭✭✭✭✭ Perfectly stroked
Tense and nervous drama of the kind that just won’t relax comes to the Traverse this week in the second instalment of the Spring 2014 season of lunch time theatre: A Play a Pie and a Pint.
A towering performance by Blythe Duff marks out the Traverse’s revival of their Edinburgh fringe hit Ciara, which plays until the 21st.
Crisp and smart, Dawn King’s spy thriller for Out of Joint, which is at the Traverse all week, builds up a great head of steam as it follows the path of the once happy-go-lucky Kelly, now determined to discover the truth about he death of her sister.
Energetic and anarchic, Spymonkey’s take on Sophocles provides its quota of laughs in what it is ultimately a somewhat uneven evening at the Traverse until Saturday.