IvankaPlay review the Trumps are no laughing matter in limp comedy

Despite a solid solo performance from McLean Peterson, theres little funny about the presidents refusal to act on gun control Is McLean Petersons fault. Under Rachel Darts precise direction, she is sharp as Charles Gershmans script dips tentatively into the struggle between Ivankas role as daughter and adviser, and when she sees a news bulletin about children separated at the border, she attempts mediation. Maybe we should care about this one, she says sweetly. He says no he needs the vote and placates her with money and attention. Sharp … McLean Peterson in IvankaPlay. Photograph: Gokce Pehlivanoglu The talk of gun control is vague and generic, with all the humour relying desperately on knowing chuckles. The moment that most acutely …

Kirill Serebrennikov, director detained in Moscow: ‘Complexity is resistance’

Once the toast of Russias avant garde, Serebennikov now faces a 10-year jail sentence. As his powerful, sexually charged play Outside is staged in Avignon, he vows he wont be silenced On the stage of a small theatre outside Avignon, a man paces around a mock-up of an apartment. Music issues from somewhere and there is a sense of a cityscape, close but impossible to reach. The man mutters to his shadow, sees visions, engages in conversation with people who might or might not be there. The door bursts open, revealing goons wearing the uniform of Russias Federal Security Service (FSB). An interrogation commences. Afterwards, the man stands looking out, illuminated by an outsized red star that looks as if …

Victoria Hamilton: ‘Women can now carry shows without faces full of Botox’

She donned a specially modified swimsuit to play the Queen Mother in The Crown. Now shes a spy-busting gay senator in Deep State and revelling in its love story Shortly before Im due to interview her in a hotel room, I run into Victoria Hamilton in the loo. I wouldnt have recognised her from The Crown, in which she plays the Queen Mother, even though she swears they did nothing to her appearance except make her wear a swimsuit that had tits built into my stomach. Then theyd take all my makeup off and put a grey wig on my head. I would have recognised her from Deep State, because Id only just watched an episode: a hot, gory spy …

‘Mmmm, it was electrifying! Natalia Osipova on finding her perfect partner

As the explosively powerful dancer makes the leap into film, she talks about feeling bloodied and bruised by her latest work and how loving her dogs helps her perform Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. She was talking about the show, says Osipova, who had just finished performing The Mother, a contemporary dance drama. The woman said, She could have danced another classical ballet. Why is she spending her time on this? Osipova sighs. I felt quite vulnerable. Why am I not understood? Some of her fans might not be ready to accompany the Russian ballerina on her odyssey into …

‘Mmmm, it was electrifying! Natalia Osipova on finding her perfect partner

As the explosively powerful dancer makes the leap into film, she talks about feeling bloodied and bruised by her latest work and how loving her dogs helps her perform Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. She was talking about the show, says Osipova, who had just finished performing The Mother, a contemporary dance drama. The woman said, She could have danced another classical ballet. Why is she spending her time on this? Osipova sighs. I felt quite vulnerable. Why am I not understood? Some of her fans might not be ready to accompany the Russian ballerina on her odyssey into …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

Demetri Martin: My funniest meal? A tie between the ones that have almost killed me

The American comedian, actor and musician on the things that make him laugh the most The funniest sketch Ive ever seen The Pink Panther Strikes Again. I think Peter Sellers was a genius. The funniest person I know [Actor and comic] Demetri Martin is on tour in the UK, 14 to 18 April; starts Dublin

Anyone else would have kicked him out: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first house share He could burn all your clothes, eat all your food, rob all your money, but hed always have your back in a fight Happy Mondays bandmate blackgrapemusic.com. Happy Mondays play Katherine Ryan lived with photographer Katherine Woroniecka when they were undergraduates at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2001 Comedian Katherine Ryan (left) and Katherine Woroniecka. Katherine Ryan I met Katherine the day we both moved to the big city from our respective small towns. We were 18 years old. Our landlady, Bonnie, was a very eccentric older lady with a cat and a lovely house …