by David McShane Polly Stenham made her name at 19 with That Face, an examination of the barbarism lurking within a middle class family. Now 27, Stenham’s Hotel is on in the National Theatre’s Shed. At first it seems to be an updated That Face. The first half of Hotel is the comedy of a … Continue reading REVIEW: HOTEL


Review: Brian Friel Season

By David McShane Sheffield Theaters (awarded Best Regional Theatre in 2013) are currently in the throes of a Brian Friel season. Friel, still alive and well in Donegal, Ireland, writes plays which overflow with appeal on every level; history, mirth and theatrical experimentation are but a few items which are frequently whipped around in his … Continue reading Review: Brian Friel Season