|The close runner-up for best (or another show you should know about): London Road (National Theatre)
This very well-reviewed show had been due to close this month, but has now been extended to August 27th, meaning those who were shut out by its very quick sellout now have another shot. In his five-star review, Andrzej Lukowski of Time Out praised the “raw humanity captured in music” by the “outstanding” ensemble, who conjure a “vivid, bustling world.” The “real brilliance” of the show, however, was the presence of a bit of darkness in some of the characters, and in the group as a whole: “something very new for the musical form, a powerful, beautiful and unsettling articulation of the ambivalence that underpins all communities.” Although there are actors, a script, a set, and songs, Lukowski said, “this is as far away from chorus lines and jazz hands as it gets.” Although the show has more five-star reviews than any other in our database, Libby Purves of the Times didn’t see it that way: in giving it three stars, she called it “Clever, absorbing, artistic. And nasty,” allowing that she “hated it! I know Ipswich” she said, and she felt that the town she knew was being condescended to by “a suave South Bank audience laughing at real ordinary people’s remarks”.
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