Roaring Tigers or Weak Kittens? | Cats Review

Roaring Tigers or Weak Kittens? | Cats Review

Cats is undoubtedly a spectacle. Beyond some of the major one-time events, it would be difficult to find anything in Dubai with this height of production value and with that “Broadway magic.” But I couldn’t help feeling like a little something was missing. I’m only going to look at this...

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This Week: January 23 – 29, 2017

This Week: January 23 – 29, 2017

In this week’s episode, Lamya asks Phil to name as many cats as possible in 59 seconds or less. And Emma, standing in for the rest of the hosts, gives you what to expect for the week ahead.

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Behind the Scenes Disaster | This Week: Jan 16 – 22, 2017

Behind the Scenes Disaster | This Week: Jan 16 – 22, 2017

What was going to be a behind-the-scenes video ended up being our actual video when one thing after another just went off the rails. Originally, Phil was hoping to get Lamya’s and Emma’s reactions to his horrific ideas as part of a script… but it his plans were not meant...

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Six Reasons 2016 Was A Good Year … for UAE Theatre

Six Reasons 2016 Was A Good Year … for UAE Theatre

Consensus seems to suggest 2016 was a terrible year for the world. A year of transition from an old standard, to a new era. Theatre in the UAE was definitely in transition this year, but terrible? No… it was quite a good year. The landscape for theatre and the level...

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Cats Lip Sync Wars | This Week: January 2 – 8, 2017

Cats Lip Sync Wars | This Week: January 2 – 8, 2017

The team is getting ready for Cats the Musical to come to the Dubai Opera in a few weeks… in a rather odd manner. This week’s got a Lip Sync War going on, so combine both? Why not. You’re very likely to catch some of the team there. Phil and...

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Extended Review: Howzat

Extended Review: Howzat

Howzat sparked interesting discussions, even among us. Was it inconsistency in the performances – a weak opening night vs. refined second night show – or, a difference in perception from the reviewers? Lamya and Phil sat to discuss (debate?) their views on this production. Whatever the critical perspectives on this...

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What’s Caught Our Eye this Christmas? | This Week: December 19 – 25

What’s Caught Our Eye this Christmas? | This Week: December 19 – 25

With mics out of commission, the crew missing, Abdullah away, and Phil sick, Lamya & Emma take control. The team’s picks for the week ahead: Emma: Peter Pan at DUCTAC & Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker at NOVO Cinemas Lamya: The Gift of Giving at The Courtyard Playhouse Phil: “Save your money and buy...

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Initial Review: Howzat

Initial Review: Howzat

Go if you enjoy a simple, lighthearted comedy.There are many types of audiences, and the less critical audience will definitely enjoy this one.

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‘The Nutcracker’ Was Just Ruined for Emma

‘The Nutcracker’ Was Just Ruined for Emma

When I was living in London you would be spoilt with numerous productions to choose from – not to mention the amateur thespians who had managed to swing a budget for some tutus and a couple of pairs of mouse ears. So popular is the piece that, major American ballet companies generate around 40% of their annual ticket revenues from just from The Nutcracker.

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