13 shows you shouldn’t have missed in 2017

Out of the 140+ shows I saw this year, here are 13 I hope you saw too

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Follies, National Theatre, London ★★★½

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very particular idea of feminine…

Late Company, Trafalgar Studios, London ★★★★

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: If you were a couple whose teenage son had died, perhaps the last thing you would do is to invite one of the classmates that had bullied him to suicide and his parents for a conciliatory meal. Perhaps they do restorative justice differently in Canada. Jordan Tannahill’s taut and moving…

13 the Musical, Ambassadors Theatre, London ★★★★★

Reviewed for Musical Theatre Review: In Jason Robert Brown’s 13, young New Yorker Evan Goldman finds himself uprooted from home just weeks before his bar mitzvah, and after his parents’ divorce moves with his mother to a sleepy Indiana town. Desperate for all the school’s cool kids to attend his forthcoming party, he tries to…

Mosquitoes, National Theatre, London ★★★★★

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: At the Large Hadron Collider at CERN’s Switzerland, two particles flung in opposite directions around the underground toroid structure will reunite and collide. Although the force involved may be little more than that of two mosquitoes flying into each other, muses Lucy Kirkwood’s dazzling new play, the repercussions are huge…

Dorrance Dance – ETM: Double Down, Sadler’s Wells, London ★★★★★

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: Tap dance has traditionally been the reserve of the nostalgic musical. In the West End right now, 42nd Street is the perfect evocation of this, its whole ensemble tap routines being the show’s biggest draw. On a smaller scale, Charing Cross Theatre’s Yank! includes several tap routines as it tells its story in…