4 items from 2013
Maybe it's because white-collar jobs are often the butt of the joke, but we are forgetting too many victims of the downturn
He might be the poet laureate of the squeezed middle. He stands before you in a rumpled suit and a hangdog face, singing of mortgage payments, outsourcing and the threat of redundancy. He is the bard of the Great Recession, a troubadour of the downturn that crashed in on us in 2008 but which had, in truth, been coming for decades.
His name is Ethan Lipton and he is a New York playwright, songwriter and performer whose show No Place to Go is about to conclude its London run. It's an unusual evening in a small, intimate theatre: just Lipton and three musicians telling the story, through song and monologue, of a man whose office is about to be relocated far, far away, taking his job with it. With »
- Jonathan Freedland
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- Andrew Reynolds
Unfunny slapstick, tired old rants and few well-telegraphed knob gags – Ben Elton hits a new low with his latest sitcom
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"Don't get me started," said Gerald, Baselricky town council's health and safety officer, on a couple of occasions during the first episode of Ben Elton's new sitcom The Wright Way (BBC1). If only Elton had listened to Gerald, everyone would have been a great deal happier. Lame doesn't begin to describe this car-crash of a comedy that involved actors standing around awkwardly doing their best at damage limitation. There was no point in them even trying to make the script convincing.
Several well-telegraphed knob gags; a slapstick routine involving taps that wasn't funny the first time, never mind the second; "comedy" lesbians; a litany of »
- John Crace
Death comes knocking on the doorway as both Don and Roger contemplate "the jumping off point", while Betty undergoes a transformation in her hunt for a lost soul
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching season six of Mad Men. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes one and two
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Episode one and two: The Doorway
"One day I'll be the man who can't sleep and talks to strangers" - Pfc Dinkins
There will be sleeping enough in the grave, Ben Franklin once wrote, so maybe we should take Don Draper's insomnia as a good sign. For all the intimations of mortality in the first two episodes of this fresh new season – the sudden heart attack, the sound of the ocean, the memorial-side puking, the coffin-like repose – no one wants Don to die. (Well, apart from Pete Campbell, »
- Paul MacInnes
4 items from 2013
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