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Agatha Christie’s Courtroom Thriller: Style and a Twist

Agatha Christie’s Courtroom Thriller: Style and a Twist

Agatha Christie is always a treat. A full parade of villains and charmers, elegant settings from a time we feel was much nicer than our own, and a twist in the tale that keeps us engaged to the end. Witness for the Prosecution, originally not a play at all but a short story entitled Traitor […]

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

Fauvism, we are told, was a movement simultaneously avant-garde and neo-classical. The eight rooms of the Albertina’s new show provide us with a fine opportunity…

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Dear Liar is Jerome Kilty’s adaptation of the 41-year correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and the celebrated actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, which began in late-Victorian…

Book Review: Traveller of the Century

Book Review: Traveller of the Century

“Who is responsible for deciding where a work sits in the literary hierarchy…?” asks Hans, the protagonist of Andrés Neuman’s prize-winning novel, Traveller of the…

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

The Fairy-Tale Life of Mad King Ludwig The Swan King is Christopher McIntosh’s revised biography of the eccentric Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-86), dubbed by…

Subversive Conventionality: Vienna Undervalues its Small Stages

Subversive Conventionality: Vienna Undervalues its Small Stages

At the end of June, after 38 years of exits and entrances, the curtain at the International Theatre…

Relatively Speaking, by Alan Ayckbourn

Relatively Speaking, by Alan Ayckbourn

Relatively Speaking, by “the British Neil Simon”, is a slow motion farce that might have been subtitled “Who…

Mark Twain’s America

Mark Twain’s America

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” So said Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen-name…

Faith, Hope, and Rioting

Faith, Hope, and Rioting

If you take the 49 tram downhill through the 7th District, just before you reach the MuseumsQuartier you’ll turn…

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