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Theatre review: The Woods

Dear Dad Following vicious reviews, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet banned New York productions of his 1977 play — a ban that would last from 1985 to 1996; he felt that “people do not understand The Woods very well”. Now, more than 30 years later, however, it seems to have seen far better fortunes: revivals of…

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Theatre review: Of Words and War

Dear Dad Write, write the truth, Louise tells herself as she tells her co-workers at a German airforce base near Hamburg. This, in essence, is the nub of Nicola Germaine’s debut play. Based on the story of the playwright’s grandmother, Elsa — one of the brave young women serving her country in the final days of World War II — Of…