Epic Win – Review of An Iliad

Epic Win – Review of An Iliad

2700 years and nothing has changed. 2700 and wars still rage.  2700 years and a single man can hold a stage, and with a muse, enlighten a deranged delight in a lonely phrase. Since Tuesday night, the opening of An Iliad, I have been beside myself with anger and grief and resentment and...

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The Biggest Day in UAE Performing Arts is … Tuesday?

The Biggest Day in UAE Performing Arts is … Tuesday?

How did this happen? There is a Tuesday – a Tuesday of all days – packed with shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Not major concerts either: performance arts – professional and amateur, touring and local, small and large. It seems that the UAE has finally hit maturity in its arts scene. Ok…...

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Literally Rundown | What’s Coming Up This Week: March 6 – 12

Literally Rundown | What’s Coming Up This Week: March 6 – 12

This week Phil gets litterally run into the ground during the 59-second rundown. And Lamya & Emma have an Oscars blunder with the Critic Pick of the Week.    

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First Thoughts: Madam Butterfly at Dubai Opera

First Thoughts: Madam Butterfly at Dubai Opera

The Welsh National Opera certainly knows how to put together a stunning production, and we’d be incredibly proud if we were the Dubai Opera. Our Take On Wednesday, March 1st, we were treated to a peak at a working rehearsal for Madam Butterfly. And it really was a treat. If you haven’t...

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What’s Coming Up This Week Around the UAE? Feb 27- Mar 5

What’s Coming Up This Week Around the UAE? Feb 27- Mar 5

Best on a Budget: Improv nights Mon – Wed at the Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai Best Afternoon Out: ChoirFest Best Night Out with Friends: Improv Nights at Courtyard Playhouse Best Family Event: Fame or ChoirFest Critic Pick: Trance Forms in Abu Dhabi and Madam Butterfly in Dubai Personal Picks: Phil:...

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Interview with FAME Music Director Mike Ross

Interview with FAME Music Director Mike Ross

Mike Ross is the Music Director of FAME the Musical, which runs from February 23rd – March 4th, 2017 at the Madinat Theatre in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. We spoke to him briefly before the first show about his time in Dubai so far, his role behind the scenes, and what to...

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Review: Wildcards 3 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Wildcards 3 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Imagine this: you’re convincing your friends to go out to the theater. They hesitate, they whinge, and they cringe. You ask why? “Because”, they say. When you finally get down to it, they don’t want to because they “don’t like theatre.” “It’s just so pretentious.” “It gets too political.” “They...

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Picks of the Week: Feb 13 – 19, 2017

Picks of the Week: Feb 13 – 19, 2017

Oh man… we’re not doing well at getting videos or reviews out lately. Sorry guys. The vlogger/working life combo can be a bit tough, even with multiple people. So, we at least got out 59-Second Rundown out this week, so you know what’s coming up in the UAE performing arts...

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Review: Top 40 Week 2 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Top 40 Week 2 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Top 40 Week 2 was a relieving and satisfying reminder of how much the arts have grown and improved in the country in the last decade. So much talent and creativity was on display to (another) sold-out audience. Some years back, it would have been difficult to imagine seeing this...

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Review: Wildcards 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Wildcards 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Short+Sweet Dubai 2017 continued on Saturday, February 4th with the first Wildcards event, bringing Dubai residents something different to do for a weekend afternoon. Unlike the Top 40, the Wildcards tend to have more experimentation and more risk, making the atmosphere more supportive and communal than the competitive Top 40. But,...

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