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All Is True (2018) – reviewed by George

This is a wonderful movie. I wanted to review it right after completing Upstart Crow, and here it is. Now, the big surprise for me was that this film was, like Upstart Crow, written by the incredibly talented Ben Elton, … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, “A Crow Christmas Special” (2018) – reviewed by George

What a laugh riot! Will (David Mitchell) is on one of his infamous commutes back to Stratford, and the unpleasant man sitting next to him is a sloppy eater of unpleasant-looking food who morphs into a sort of ghostly Stranger … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow: “A Christmas Crow” (2017) – reviewed by George

I laughed loudly throughout. What a triumph!Will (David Mitchell) comes home to Stratford to everyone’s delight and good humor and then spoils it by saying he has to go back to London. Why? demands the family except for Will’s dad … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 5, “Beware My Sting!” (2017) – reviewed by George

Will (David Mitchell) is working on “The Taming of the Shrew” and he’s getting great support from Bottom (Rob Rouse) and Kit Marlowe (Tim Downie). Much less approval is emanating from Kate (Gemma Whelan), from whom grave disappointment can be … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 4, “Food of Love” (2017) – reviewed by George

Will’s father (Harry Enfield) is raving again. “I want to be posh!” Will (David Mitchell) says, “Alright, Dad! I’ll petition the College of Heralds again.”But once back in London his attention is elsewhere. He moans to Kate (Gemma Whelan), Kit … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 3, “I Did Adore a Twinkling Star” (2017) – reviewed by George

This episode deals with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”. Will (David Mitchell) is ecstatic because the new theatre has acquired a patron! And it’s the Lord Chamberlain! But the rules of patronage still apply – he must be flattered and … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 2, “I Know Thee Not, Old Man” (2017) – reviewed by George

All the regular players are present, plus Will’s old schoolmaster Simon Hunt (Geoffrey Whitehead), and two women: Gertrude (Lizzie Winkler) and Gerty (Gemma Arrowsmith) whose presence is essential to the plot, as they come from quite different backgrounds.Basically a funny, … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 1, “The Green-Eyed Monster” – reviewed by George

Play satirized this week: Othello.Will (David Mitchell) meets an African Prince, Otello (Steve Toussaint), who is attracted to Kate (Gemma Whelan), and the attraction is mutual. His tales of his life and adventures are wondrous both to hear and to … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 1, Episode 6, “The Quality of Mercy” (2016) – reviewed by George

Will (David Mitchell) and Kit (Tim Downie) are having a drink in Lucy’s (Jocelyn Jee Esien) Tavern, and Kit asks if Will plans to invest in the cargo of the ship just arrived from the New World, laden with potatoes … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 1, Episode 5, “What Bloody Man is That?” – reviewed by George

The plague is in London and the theaters are closed. So Will (David Mitchell), Kate (Gemma Whelan), Bottom (Rob Rouse), and Kit (Tim Downie) have embarked by coach for good old Stratford-upon-Avon. However, the coach broke down (listen to Will’s … Continue reading

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