Review: The Human Ear – Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe

First published in The Times, Thursday August 27 2015

Four Stars

It would be fair to say that the playwright Alexandra Wood is having a good Fringe. Her adaptation of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man is a must-see, while this new two-hander, which reunites the cast and director of last year’s hit, The Initiate, offers a compelling, refreshingly ambiguous take on loss, identity and the need for connection in an uncertain world.

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Review: Man to Man – Underbelly Topside, Edinburgh Fringe

First published in The Times, Friday August 14 2015

Five Stars

In an Edinburgh awash with solo theatre shows you need something extra special to stand out from the crowd. Manfred Karge’s monologue is already blessed with an impressive pedigree. First performed in the playwright’s native Germany more than 30 years ago, it received its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987 with a young Tilda Swinton in the lead.

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