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 …