Excellent production and fantastic cast, not sure if all reviewers here have seen the same play! Shalom Baby at Theatre Royal Stratford East played to full house, rapturous applause and has top rate reviews elsewhere! Loved it, thought-provoking, poetic, moving and funny, as Lynn Gardner says it has a big heart!
01 Dec 11
Brilliant play, thought it was funny and clever. A group of us all aged 16-18 went with our school and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Met Rikki after and he was one of the nicest guys you could meet. I would have no hesitation in recommending this play, but if you are looking for one with more historical facts, then try something else, the main theme here was clearly prejudices, be it race, gender or sexuality. Over all, Brilliant cast, and brilliant play - Thomas de Wit
16 Nov 11
The reviews on this page dated September are not even for this play, but for another one in the West End - Scotty
09 Nov 11
Terrible play. I went in blind and hopeful as I always am, but it went from bad to worse. It was a waste of my life.
I think there was an interesting story to tell, but it was lost in a tale of lots of other little stories and issues that were never truly addressed meaning that there was so much going on, but you never actually get to the bottom of anything.
I'm not sure what he was trying to achieve in this play, a friend said that it was about a black man and Jewish girl's love in nazi Germany. However, we hardly ever touched this issue. One minute they were two character sharing the stage, the next minute they were in love, when did that happen...?
The play was all over the place, but never really saying anything. - T
06 Nov 11
Worst play I have ever seen. The language and its content were atrocious. I have never heard so much swearing in a show. The rapper part was even more foul language. The play was hard to understand with lots of homosexual content and men kissing and canoolding. It was no way true to life and there were no black people in Nazi Germany. The only people who came to aid the assistance for the jewish people were white non jewish. Most of all the health and safety aspect of the show was the worst I have ever come accross, the first row of the audience are actually seated on the floor which is also the stage. There are 2 scenes with a real axe and wood. I was sitting right by this axe and wood where one guy was chopping wood and the wood was splintering all over the place - could have blinded me and if he dropped the axe which was a REAL one, could have killed himself. An atrocious play with serious H&S issues which need addressing NOW !! - Beth
03 Nov 11
Superb performances from T.F and Sher and Townsend ( who was surprisingly restrained.) Thank God for 'technical'. The cellist was far FAR too loud. - coral
29 Sep 11
It is a wonderful play - very moving and, I thought, brilliantly acted and staged. - Anna McConville
26 Sep 11
As with all Miller's plays--it is intense. Have enjoyed other of his work on stage more but nevertheless was a compelling story and well acted. Great to see Sher and Fitzgerald on stage. - Joe Spiteri
20 Sep 11
But the acting is so poor from nearly all, except the sister and Stanley Towsend Tony Sher is technical technical technical. Where is the REAL emotion? So disappointing. The cellist was excellent though. She had feeling. - David Bryant
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