Lloyd Evans Lloyd Evans

Cheesy skit: A Mirror, at the Almeida Theatre, reviewed

Plus: the cocky, foul-mouthed physiotherapist is the best thing in @sohoplace's bland piece of community theatre

Jonny Lee Miller as chief censor Celik with Mei (Tanya Reynolds) in Almeida's A Mirror. Image: Marc Brenner.

The playwright Sam Holcroft likes to toy with dramatic conventions and to tease her audiences by withholding key information about the characters. This tinkering seems to scare the critics into praising her scripts even though they feel like clumsily written thrillers or botched sci-fi yarns where the rules keep changing.

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